First quarter

Peephole perspective: The Seahawks got an Olindo Mare field goal, but the Saints got a 1-yard TD run by Chris Ivory. Saints 7-3.

Player of the quarter: Ivory. In addition to his first career TD, the Saints’ rookie running back had 41 other yards in the scoring drive – including a 24-yard burst to the Seahawks’ 5-yard line on third-and-1.

Play of the quarter: Facing a second-and-18 at their 22-yard line, Matt Hasselbeck pulled the Seahawks out of the hole by hooking up with Mike Williams for a 68-yard pass play to Saints’ 10 to set up Mare’s field goal.

Number of the quarter: 29. It’s Ivory’s number – but also that of Seahawks rookie FS Earl Thomas, who had four tackles, including a first-down saving stop on the Saints’ first third-down situation.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks got the ball first, as Kelly Jennings called tails during the coin toss and it was. But they went three-and-out.

The defense held, forcing a three-and-out. The Saints had a fourth-and-1 from their 41 and QB Drew Bees tried to draw the Seahawks offside with an elongated – and animated – snap count. When it didn’t work, the Saints took the delay penalty and punted.

The Seahawks scored on their next possession, driving 80 yards in nine plays to a 19-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. The big play was Matt Hasselbeck’s 68-yard pass to Mike Williams, who was tripped up at the Saints’ 10. But the Seahawks could not capitalize in the red zone again, so Mare provided the points. Hasselbeck also hit an 8-yarder to Deon Butler on third-and-6. But his third-down pass to Butler in the end zone was tipped incomplete by S Usama Young.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Saints drove 80 yards in 12 plays to a 1-yard TD run by Chris Ivory. The rookie carried six times in the drive to his first NFL touchdown for 42 yards – including a 14-yard burst on third-and-1 from the Seahawks’ 29.

But the Seahawks came back aggressively, as Ben Obomanu came back against CB Jabari Greer to take a 42-yard pass from Hasselbeck on the Saints’ 28. The Seahawks had a third-and-7 situation as the quarter ended.


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