First quarter

Peephole perspective: The Seahawks had the ball for much of the quarter, but a 90-yard drive got the Rams the first score and a 7-0 lead.

Player of the quarter: Justin Forsett. The Seahawks’ committee-of-one carried seven times for 39 yards, a 5.6-yard average; and also caught a 5-yard pass.

Play of the quarter: The one that produced the only points, QB Sam Bradford’s 15-yard TD pass to former Washington State WR Brandon Gibson on third-10.

Number of the quarter: 98. It was the total yardage for each team in the quarter.

The bigger picture: The Rams got the ball first when MLB Lofa Tatupu called heads in the coin toss and it was tails.

RB Steven Jackson did indeed start, and got the first carry – only to be dropped for a 3-yard loss by SS Layer Milloy. Milloy also had a hit on QB San Bradford on second down to force an incompletion, and a Rams punt.

When the Seahawks took over, Russell Okung was at LT and Tyler Polumbus at RT. WR Brandon Stokley, who was just signed on Tuesday, was part of a four-wide package on third down and catch a 6-yard pass for the first down. But the drive stalled after the Seahawks reached the Rams’ 44 as the St. Louis pressured Matt Hasselbeck into a pair of incompletions.

An offside penalty against DE Chris Clemons on third-and-2 gave the Rams a first down, and they took advantage of it. Bradford passed 8 yards to WR Mark Clayton on third-and-6; Jackson broke a 16-yard run to the Seahawks’ 49; Bradford passed 34-yard to Clayton, who got open behind CB Marcus Trufant, to the 15; and Bradford’s third-down to Gibson for the TD capped a 10-play, 90-yard drive with 5:49 left in the quarter.

The Seahawks took the ensuing kickoff and drove into Rams’ territory again. The big play was RB Justin Forsett’s 12-yard run to the Seahawks’ 49 on third-and-1. Hasselbeck also hit his first three passes – 10 yards to WR Deion Branch; 5 yards to Forsett and 8 yards to WR Mike Williams. The Seahawks were at the Rams’ 7 with a third-and-5 when the quarter ended.

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