Players of the quarter: The Raiders’ pass rush. They took advantage of the situation and the injury replacements on the Seahawks O-line to sack Matt Hasselbeck four times in the quarter, snuffing any comeback hopes Seattle might have harbored.
Plays of the quarter: With the Seahawks driving, S Tyvon Branch intercepted a pass that went off teammate Stanford Routt and then Seahawks WR Deon Butler. On the very next play, QB Jason Cambell went to WR Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 69-yard TD.
Number of the quarter: 61. The number of yards the Raiders got in two plays late in the quarter – a 30-yard run by Michael Bush to the Seahawks’ 35 on third-and-9 and a 31-yarder by Marcel Reece on the very next play.
The bigger picture: Sabastian Janikowksi pushed the Raiders lead to 16-0 on the second play of the quarter by kicking a 22-yard field goal.
The Seahawks’ ensuing series played out like something from haunted house. Huff intercepted Hasselbeck’s third-down pass, but an interference penalty on Stanford Routt gave the Seahawks a first down. The Seahawks came up short on their next third down, but Rolando McClain was penalized for grabbing the back of Justin Forsett’s helmet on the tackle. Another first down. The insanity continued – and ended – when Routt tipped a Hasselbeck pass that was intended for Deon Butler, who then got a hand on it, only to have Branch made the interception.
On the next play, Jason Campbell went to Darrius Heyward-Bey, who got around CB Nate Ness and took the pass 69 yards for a touchdown that made it 23-0 with 13:26 to play. Ness was starting his first NFL game – and appearing in his first NFL game – because starter Kelly Jennings and backup Walter Thurmond were out with injuries.
That play ignited the crowd, which began a rhythmic chant of “Raid-ers. Raid-ers.”
Leon Washington got the Seahawks the ball at the 50, however, with a 46-yard kickoff return. LT Tyler Polumbus went out on the second play when he was bent back over another player while blocking. That forced Chester Pitts, who was subbing at LG for Ben Hamilton, to slide to tackle and Mike Gibson moved in at guard. Hasselbeck picked up a first down with a 5-yard pass to Ben Obomanu. But he fumbled when tackles on the next play and RG Stacy Andrews recovered. On the third down play, Hasselbeck threw incomplete to Golden Tate, but Raiders Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi Asomugha injured his right ankle and had to be helped from the field.
Facing a fourth-and-10, Hasselbeck passed 27 yards to Mike Williams to the Raiders’ 13. But Hasselbeck was then sacked on first and third downs. Olindo Mare kicked a 47-yard field to end the 11-play, 21-yard drive with 8:57 to play.
The Raiders recovered Mare’s onside kick and Janikowski kicked a 49-yarder to make it 26-3.
The Raiders tacked on one last score – a 4-yard TD run by Bush with 1:56 to play.