Player of the quarter: Earl Thomas. For lack of a most statistically stunning performance, the Seahawks’ rookie FS intercepted a Sam Bradford pass in the end zone to keep the first half score as close as it was.
Play of the quarter: As Olindo Mare lined up for a 51-yard field goal attempt, the Seahawks opted for a fake. But it didn’t work as the Rams’ Kevin Dockery tackled holder Jon Ryan for a 9-yard loss before he could get around the left side. The Rams then drove to a field goal as time expired.
Number of the quarter: 3. The number of points scored by the Seahawks, despite generating 174 yards of offense, leading in time of possession and driving into Rams territory on numerous possessions.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks scored on the second play of the quarter, as Mare kicked his 25th consecutive field goal – a 22-yarder – to make it 7-3 and cap a 14-play, 81-yard drive that consumed 6½ minutes. The Seahawks moved into the red zone as Hasselbeck hit a 12-yard pass to WR Brandon Stokley and Justin Forsett ran 11 yards to the Rams’ 17.
After the defense forced a three-and-out, the Seahawks moved into Rams’ territory again on their next series, but FB Michael Robinson dropped Hasselbeck’s pass on 4th-and-2. The big play on the possession was Hasselbeck’s 17-yard pass to WR Mike Williams on third-and-14.
The Rams then drove to the Seahawks’ 42, but were penalized for illegal formation on fourth-and-1, nullifying Jackson’s run to pick up the first down, and the Rams had to punt. SS Lawyer Milloy had a sack on the series to put the Rams in a third-and-15 situation.
On the Seahawks’ ensuing series, Hasselbeck’s third-and-1 pass to TE John Carlson was tipped at the line by DE Eugene Sims and CB Bradley Fletcher made the interception. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll challenged the play, but the ruling on the field stood and Fletcher got a 26-yard return to the Seahawks’ 3.
The Seahawks also had Tyler Polumbus at LT on the short-lived series, because Russell Okung got an ankle injury. That put Sean Locklear at RT.
On the Rams’ first play, DT Colin Cole came off a block to stuff Jackson for a 1-yard gain. FS Earl Thomas then intercepted Bradford’s second-down pass in the end zone.
The Seahawks couldn’t convert, despite dipping into their bag of tricks. On third-and-8, Hasselbeck threw the ball to Robinson behind the line of scrimmage and Robinson then passed across the field to RB Leon Washington for a 33-yard gain to the Rams’ 33. But as Mare lined up for a 51-yard attempt, a fake field-goal didn’t work as Ryan, the holder, was tackled for a 9-yard loss.
The Rams then drove 45 yards in eight plays to a 30-yard field goal by Josh Brown to take a 10-3 lead as time expired.