Peephole perspective: A 63-yard TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Deon Butler and a field goal for each team. Seahawks 17-10.
Player of the quarter: Hasselbeck. After sitting out last week’s game with a concussion, the Seahawks’ QB stormed back to complete 17 of 23 passes for 273 yards in the first half.
Play of the quarter: Hasselbeck was pressured from the pocket, but didn’t give up on first-down pass. He saw Deon Butler flash across the middle of the field and went to him at the Cardinals’ 22-yard line. Butler wasn’t done, however. He ran to the stop side and then reversed to take the ball into the end zone.
Number of the quarter: 273. It was Hasselbeck’s passing yards in the first half. Yes, it was already included above, but it deserves repeating because it surpassed his season high – for an entire game.
The bigger picture: A drive that started at the end of the first quarter for the Seahawks ended with Olindo Mare kicking a 41-yard field goal to make it 10-7 with 13:22 left in the quarter. The play that got the 67-yard drive going was another Hasselbeck-to-Mike Williams hookup on third down – this time for 14 yards on third-and-1. The play that made the drive was Hasselbeck passing 44 yards to TE Chris Baker to the Cardinals’ 23.
But the Cardinals came right back, thanks to 21- and 36-yard passes from Derek Anderson to Steven Breaston on back-to-back plays. But the drive stalled after the Cardinals reached the Seahawks’ 4 because LB Will Herring stopped Larry Fitzgerald for a 1-yard loss on second down and LB Aaron Curry dropped Time Hightower for no gain on third down. Jay Feely kicked a 23-yard field goal to tie it 10 with 8:11 left in the half.
The Seahawks’ ensuing possession lasted two plays – that covered 80 yards and resulted in a TD. After Hasselbeck passed to Williams for 12 yards on the first play, the Seahawks’ QB made a great read and throw to hit Butler at the Cardinals’ 22. Butler went to the sideline before reserving and running into the end zone for the score that made it 17-10 with 7½ minutes to play.
The quick work left Hasselbeck with 12 completions in 18 attempts for 210 yards for the half – or quarter and half, to be exact.
Hasselbeck then drove the Seahawks to the Cardinals’ 16-yard line, but his keeper on fourth-and-1 was stopped for no gain by LB Paris Lenon and the Cardinals took over. The big play for the Seahawks was Hasselbeck’s 40-yard pass to WR Ben Obomanu to the Cardinals’ 25.
The Seahawks held, but Charlie Whitehurst was the QB on the last play of the half as Hasselbeck went to the locker room early.