First quarter

Peephole perspective: One fumble and four punts. And a 0-0 score.

Player of the quarter: Chris Clemons. The Seahawks’ “Leo” defensive end was a force in the first 15 minutes. He got to Chargers QB Philip River for a drive-stalling sack on third down and also teamed with LB Aaron Curry to drop WR Legedu Naanee for a 7-yard loss on an end around.

Play of the quarter: On the third play of the game, SS Lawyer Milloy forced a fumble and DE Red Bryant recovered it. It was the kind of play coach Pete Carroll had been wanting all week. But the Seahawks could not capitalize.

Stat of the quarter: 3 for 5. That was the Seahawks on third downs, for 60 percent.

The bigger picture: The Chargers got the ball first when QB Philip Rivers called heads on the coin toss and it was. But three plays later, Milloy forced Chargers WR Legedu Naanee to fumble after taking a 9-yard pass and Bryant recovered at the San Diego 46.

But the Seahawks could not convert and went three-and-out.

The Chargers drove into Seahawks territory on the ensuing series, but just barely and briefly, as Clemons and Curry dropped Naanee for a 7-yard loss on an end around and Clemons got to Rivers for a 6-yard sack on third down.

The Seahawks then moved the ball from their own 14 to the 39, but Hasselbeck ran into a 4-yard sack on third-and-10. Prior to the sack, Hasselbeck hooked up with WR Mike Williams for a 13-yard gain on third-and-12 and RB Justin Forsett used a lead block from FB Michael Robinson to gain 6 yards on third-and-2.

Williams had to go to the locker room with a shoulder injury and it was announced that his return is questionable.

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