Peephole perspective: Early offense, as each team drove 80 yards to touchdowns on their first possessions. Then, a lot of defense. 7-7.
Player of the quarter: Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks’ QB came out with the hot hand, completing each of his four throws on the first series for 76 yards – including the game-tying TD pass.
Play of the quarter: After the Bears had used a big pass interference penalty to set up their TD on the game’s opening series, Hasselbeck led the Seahawks back and tied the game on his 22-yard scoring pass to Deon Butler.
Number of the quarter: 111. Hasselbeck’s passing yards in the quarter, as he completed eight of 12 passes.
The bigger picture: The Bears got the ball when Lofa Tatupu called tails in the coin toss and it was heads. On the second play, Bears QB Jay Cutler had forever before launching a deep pass to Devin Hester. Dime back Roy Lewis was called for a 58-yard pass interference penalty, giving the Bears a first down at the Seahawks’ 22-yard line. RB Matt Forte did the rest, taking a screen pass for 13 yards to the 9 and then running for 3 and 6 yards. On the scoring run, Forte was hit by Tatupu, but still got in.
But the Seahawks came right back to score their first points in the first quarter this season – on Hasselbeck’s 22-yard TD pass to Butler. Hasselbeck was 4 of 4 for 76 yards on the six-play, 80-yard drive. Hasselbeck passed for 14 yards to TE John Carslon and then hit back-to-back passes of 16 and 24 yards to Mike Williams before throwing the TD pass. The drive included a wildcat play, as Michael Robinson took the snap and handed to Marshawn Lynch, who got the start at running back. But Lynch was stopped for no gain.
Then the defenses took over, as the Seahawks forced a trio of three-and-outs and the Seahawks punted twice. Rookie Walter Thurmond took over at right cornerback Kelly Jennings, who injured a hamstring and was ruled out for the rest of the game.