Peephole perspective: The Seahawks got an early field goal and a late TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Ben Obomanu, but the Saints got a trio of Drew Brees TD passes. Saints 27-13.
Player of the quarter: Brees. He was Cajun-spicy hot in the quarter, completing 12 of 17 passes for 166 yards and the three TDs. That made him 18 of 25 for 205 yards in the half, for a 135.8 passer rating.
Play of the quarter: Brees’ first TD pass, which went to Marques Colston for 23 yards. On the play, CB Kelly Jennings and FS Earl Thomas hit Colston, but bounced off. It summed up the quarter, as the Seahawks were often close, but not close enough.
Numbers of the quarter: 9 to 12. That’s Brees (No. 9) and Colston (No. 12), who hooked up twice for touchdowns.
The bigger picture: The drive than began at the end of the first quarter ended on the first play of the second quarter as Olindo Mare kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 7-6 Saints.
The Saints came right back, driving 80 yards in 10 plays to a 23-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to WR Marques Colston. Thomas was injured on the play and helped to the sideline. Brees hit his final four throws – 14 yards to Colston, 14 yards to TE David Thomas, 15 yards to WR Robert Meachem and the TD pass to Colston.
The Seahawks’ ensuing possession ended quickly, as John Carlson actually broke up what would have been an interception on a first-down pass to him and Hasselbeck threw wide to Ben Obomanu on third down. The Saints got good field position on the punt, as Roy Lewis ran into Lance Moore after he had signaled for a fair catch. So the 15-yard penalty after a 37-yard punt by Jon Ryan allowed the Saints’ series start at the Seahawks’ 42.
Injury update: CB Marcus Trufant is out with just what it looked like when he left – a head injury. Also DE Kentwan Balmer left after getting a scratch on his face, but he returned. Trufant did not and was replaced by rookie Walter Thurmond.
Meanwhile, back on the field, the Saints drove those 42 yards in eight plays to a 3-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to Meachem. Brees also passed 16 yards to WR Lance Moore to the Seahawks’ 12 on third-and-10 and 14 yards to Colston to the 3 on second-and-15 to setup his third-and-1 pass for the score. That made it 21-6 with 5:48 left in the half.
The Seahawks answered, however, as they went long by throwing short to the TD pass to Obomanu. Hasselbeck was 8 of 10 on the 12-play, 69-yard drive and the longest completion was a 15-yarder.
The feel-good score was quickly matched, as the Saints drove 75 yards in five plays to Brees’ third TD pass – a 22-yarder to Colston that made it 27-13 with 1:00 left. The score was 27 because the Saints didn’t get the PAT as holder Chase Daniel’s knee went down short of the goal line.
The Seahawks tacked on Mare’s second field goal – a 43-yarder – as time expired. Hasselbck hit a 23-yard pass to Obomanu and a 14-yarder to Brandon Stokely to get a first down at the Saints’ 37. But a holding penalty on LG Chester Pitts and a grounding call on Hasselbeck turned that into a second-and-30 situation. Hasselbeck passed to Stokely for 18 yards to get Mare closer.