Third quarter

Peephole perspective: The Seahawks’ offense scored, on Matt Hasselbeck’s 13-yard pass to TE Chris Baker. Chiefs, 21-17.

Player of the quarter: Brandon Stokley. With leading receiver Mike Williams out, someone needed to step up. Stokley did, catching two passes to produced two first downs in the quarter.

Play of the quarter: The first one, as Matt Hasselbeck went deep to Ben Obomanu for a 52-yard gain to the Chiefs’ 19-yard line.

Number of the quarter: 57. That’s David Hawthorne’s number. He had three more tackles in the quarter, giving him 11 for the game.

The bigger picture: In the first half, the Chiefs had a 100-yard receiver (Dwayne Bowe, eight for 120), an 83-yard rusher (Jamaal Charles, 83 yards on 10 carries) and converted 7 of 9 third-down situations (78 percent). The Seahawks had 9 rushing yards and three first downs.

But Hasselbeck closed the gap on the first play of the half as he went to Obomanu for a 52-yard completion to the Chiefs’ 19-yard line. Chiefs CB Jackie Bates was injured on the play. He was replaced by rookie Javier Arenas. Two plays later, Hasselbeck passed to TE Chris Baker at the 2 and Baker got in for the score that trimmed the Chiefs’ lead to 21-17.

The Seahawks’ defense then held, as DT Brandon Mebane tipped Matt Cassel’s third-down pass incomplete, after DE Chris Clemons had stopped Thomas Jones for no gain on first down and Charles dropped Cassel’s second-down pass.

On their next possession, the Seahawks picked up first downs on back-to-back plays, as Marshawn Lynch ran for 4 yards on third down and Hasselbeck then passed for 10 yards to Brandon Stokley. But the drive stalled. It appeared that CB Travis Daniels had intercepted Hasselbeck’s third-down pass that was intended for Stokley and returned it 27 yards to the Seahawks’ 22. But coach Pete Carroll challenged the play and replay showed that Daniels had trapped the ball.

The Seahawks then forced a three-and-out, but Dustin Colquitt got off a 55-yard punt and Leon Washington was stopped for a minus-2 yard return. Hasselbeck and Stokley hooked up twice as the Seahawks moved from their 14. The first was a 13-yarder and the second an 11-yarder. But the drive stalled and Ryan punted again.

The Seahawks got the Chiefs into a third-and-6 situation on the next series, but Cassel spun from DE Chris Clemons and passed to Bowe for 8 yards. On the next third-down play, Charles broke a 29-yard run to the Seahawks’ 12. The Chiefs had the ball at the Seahawks’ 3 as the quarter ended.


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