Peephole perspective: The Seahawks added a field goal, but the Saints won it 34-19.
Player of the quarter: Uh. Hmmm. Well, why not Brees? Again. He completed passes to 10 different receivers in the game.
Play of the quarter: The Seahawks had the Saints in a third-and-14 situation with 3:49 to play. With a stop, they would have gotten the ball back. But Drew Brees went to WR Marques Colston for a 15-yard gain. It was in indicative of how this game went.
Number of the quarter: 20. Justin Forsett (No. 20) got the ball on the final eight offensive snaps of the Seahawks’ 15-play, 78-yard drive, and Olindo Mare then kicked a 20-yard field goal.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks lost leading receiver Mike Williams, who went out with a foot injury and would not return.
The Saints, meanwhile, lost a chance to pad their lead after reaching the Seahawks’ 11. Drew Brees’ third-down pass to Marques Colston was low and Garrett Hartley hit the upright with his 27-yard field goal attempt.
The Seahawks then moved to the Saints’ 39, but Hasselbeck’s first-down pass to TE Chris Baker was wide and appeared to be intercepted by Saints CB Tracy Porter. Coach Pete Carroll challenged the ruling and the play was ruled incomplete. The Seahawks took advantage, to a point. They drove to the Saints’ 2, but stalled and Olindo Mare kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 34-19 with 5:26 to play. Earlier in the 15-play, 78-yard drive, Hasselbeck had hit a 13-yard pass to Brandon Stokley on third-and-6 and an 11-yarder to Deon Butler to the Saints’ 39.
The Seahawks went for the onside kick, and recovered. But it was ruled that Lawyer Milloy had gone out of bounds before recovering the ball Lance Moore couldn’t handle. That gave the Saints a first down at the Seahawks’ 42.
The Saints moved to the Seahawks’ 8, as Brees passed to TE Tory Humphrey for 12 yards on third-and-3 – making Humphrey the 10th player to catch a pass from Brees. But rookie FS Earl Thomas intercepted Brees’ fourth-down pass in the end zone. It was Thomas’ fifth interception, tying the team rookie record.