Peephole perspective: While the defense was pitching a shutout, Olindo Mare kicked three field goals to make it 26-10.
Player of the quarter: Chris Clemons. The Seahawks’ defensive end recovered a fumble that was forced on a sack by LB Aaron Curry and later got a sack of his own. His performance was indicative of the way the defense turned up the heat on QB Derek Anderson in the quarter.
Play of the quarter: On a first-down play, nickel back Jordan Babineaux tipped an Anderson pass and CB Kelly Jennings made the interception to set up second field of the quarter.
Number of the quarter: 10. The number of points the Seahawks had scored in their previous two games, combined. They got nine in the quarter, on Mare’s trio of kicks.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got the ball first, and Charlie Whitehurst was at QB for Matt Hasselbeck. Whitehurst moved the Seahawks to the Cardinals’ 22, but his pass to WR Ben Obomanu was intercepted by CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and returned 26 yards to the Arizona 44.
But the defense held, as DE Chris Clemons deflected Derek Anderson’s pass on second down and CB Kelly Jennings was all over WR Larry Fitzgerald on a third-down incompletion.
The Seahawks then drove 64 yards in 10 plays to a 34-yard field goal by Olindo Mare to make it 20-10 with 7:05 left in the quarter. The drive started with a 13-yard run by Obomanu on an end around and a 17-yard run by Justin Forsett. Whitehurst also hit Mike Williams with a 16-yard pass.
In the middle of the drive, Hasselbeck returned to the field with his left wrist wrapped and got ready to take over on the next possession.
The Seahawks got the ball right back as Jordan Babineaux tipped Anderson’s first-down pass and CB Kely Jennings made the interception at the Cardinals’ 32.
Hasselbeck returned and hit his first pass – a 13-yarder to Forsett. He then went to Forsett for 9 yards to the 1. But a third-down pass to Williams went for no gain and Mare came on to hit a 19-yard field goal to make it 23-10 with 4:50 left in the quarter.
On the Cardinals’ ensuing series, the Seahawks got the ball back on the second play as LB Aaron Curry had a fumble-forcing sack of Anderson and Clemons had the recovery at the Arizona17. Mare kicked a 23-yarder to make it 26-10 with 1:15 left.
The Seahawks were threatening again as the quarter ended, after Leon Washington broke a 33-yard punt return to the Cardinals’ 11.