Peephole perspective: A game-opening 14-play, 78-yard drive got the Seahawks the only points of the quarter – Olindo Mare’s 20-yard field goal.
Player of the quarter: Marshawn Lynch provided 55 of the Seahawks’ 83 yards on eight carries.
Play of the quarter: On the fourth play of the Seahawks’ opening drive, Lynch started to go off right guard. Seeing no gap, he cut to his left and rambled for 39 yards – the Seahawks’ longest run of the season.
Number of the quarter: 26. That’s what Mare’s field goal was, his 26th in a row to extend his club record.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got the ball first, as the Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett called heads on the coin toss and it was tails. Matt Hasselbeck and Lynch went to work, as the Seahawks drove 78 yards in a 14-play drive that consumed 7½ minutes. Hasselbeck was 3 of 5 for 32 yards, including a 16-yarder to Brandon Stokley on thid-and-11. Lynch carried six times for 47 yards, including a 39-yarder to the Cardinals’ 30. When the drive stalled, Mare kicked a 20-yard field goal – running his club record to 26 in a row.
But the Seahawks lost first-round draft choice on the drive when the rookie left tackle injured his left ankle. He had missed 5½ weeks with a sprained right ankle. Tyler Polumbus replaced him.
On the Cardinals’ first possession, rookie free safety intercepted Max Hall’s third pass and returned it 13 yards to the Seahawks’ 48. But on the Seahawks’ third play, DT Alan Branch beat RT Sean Locklear for a fumble-forcing sack of Hasselbeck and Dockett recovered at the Seahawks’ 45.
The Seahawks’ defense, however, forced a three-and-out and a 7-yard punt by Ben Graham gave the Seahawks the ball at their 37. But the Seahawks went three-and-out, and Hasselbeck was sacked again on third down – this time by LB Daryl Washington.