Third quarter

Peephole perspective: Drew Brees threw his fourth TD pass of the afternoon, while Seahawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch lost two fumbles. Saints 34-16.

Player of the quarter: Brees. Again.

Play of the quarter: The Saints were about to score a TD that would have made it 41-16. But Drew Brees’ third-and-goal pass from the Seahawks’ 4-yard line to TE David Thomas ended up in the hands of another David – Hawthorne, the Seahawks’ linebacker.

Number of the quarter: 318. Brees’ passing yards through three quarters.

The bigger picture: Drew Brees picked up in the third quarter where he left off in the second. He was 3 of 4 for 68 yards on the Saints’ half-opening, six-play, 80-yard scoring drive that made it 34-16. The TD came on a 32-yard pass to Robert Meachem, who beat rookie CB Walter Thurmond. Brees also passed 19 yards to TE Jimmy Graham on third-and-3 and 17 yards to Devery Henderson.

The Seahawks looked up to answering, as Matt Hasselbeck passed for 9 yards to Ben Obomanu and Marshawn Lynch then broke a 17-yard run. But Saints SS Roman Harper caused a fumble at the end of the run and also recovered the ball.

Brees went back to work, driving the Saints to the Seahawks’ 3-yard line. But his third-and-goal pass was intercepted by Seahawks LB David Hawthorne.

Hasselbeck moved the Seahawks to the Saints’ 46, but Lynch fumbled after taking a first-down pass. Saints LB Scott Shanle forced the fumble and recovered it.

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