Peephole perspective: Again, the Seahawks scored the only points of the quarter – this time on a special teams-assisted TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Mike Williams. Seahawks 10-0 at halftime.
Player of the quarter: Jon Ryan. The punter? The punter. He kicked the Cardinals into a hole with a 60-yarder and then supplied the punt that put the Seahawks on the Cardinals’ goal line as …
Play of the quarter: Another sack had ended another Seahawks’ series. But when Andre Roberts muffed Ryan’s punt, Michael Robinson then slapped the ball from his grasp and Roy Lewis recovered the ball at the Cardinals’ 2-yard line – setting up the only touchdown of the first half.
Numbers of the quarter: 28 and 23. Those are the numbers of rookie Walter Thurmond (28) and veteran Marcus Trufant (23). The Seahawks’ starting corners deserve a nod because Cardinals’ All-World wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald didn’t catch his first pass – his only reception of the half – until there were 5½ left in the half. Thurmond also broke up two passes in the first half, while Trufant had a fumble-forcing/fumble-recovering play to end the Cardinals’ best drive of the half.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks stalled on their first drive of the quarter, but Jon Ryan punted the Cardinals into a hole with a 60-yarder. The Cardinals had two big plays on the ensuing series, a 13-yard screen pass to LaRod Stephens-Howling on third-and-3 and then Tim Hightower’s 24-yard run to the Seahawks’ 41. But on the next play, Trufant forced Hightower to fumble and recovered the loose ball.
The Seahawks stalled again, however, as Hasselbeck was sacked on third down – again by DT Alan Branch. But Roberts muffed Ryan’s punt, Robinson slapped the ball from Roberts and Lewis recovered at the Cardinals’ 2. Two plays later, Williams made a nice catch of a pass from Hasselbeck in the end zone for the TD – not only his first of the season, but first since 2006.
The Cardinals moved from 20 to the 43 on the ensuing series, but the drive stalled when DE Raheem Brock got to Max Hall for a 9-yard sack on second down.