Player of the quarter: Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks’ QB did his part to throw the Seahawks back into the game, completing 8 of 13 passes for 118 yards in the quarter. But he had one pass picked off and two other broken up after the Seahawks had reached the Panthers’ 1-yard line.
Play of the quarter: It came during the two-minutes warning, with the retired No. 71 jersey of Walter Jones was uncovered in the rafters of the east grandstands during an emotional ceremony to honor the nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle.
Number of the quarter: 9. That’s how many tackles LB David Hawthorne has had in the first half.
The bigger picture: The Panthers came out hot again on their first possession of the quarter, with Jonathan Stewart breaking a 14-yard run and Jimmy Clausen passing 39 yards to Steve Smith to the Seahawks’ 26. But the Panther then got one more yard (15) on their next five plays than Stewart got on his drive-opening run. A third-and-7 became a third-and-2 when DE Chris Clemons jumped offside, and Mike Goodson then ran for 2 yards and the first down – at the Seahawks’ 4. Stewart then scored on a 3-yard run to cap the 10-play, 79-yard drive that made it 14-0. Stewart carried seven times for 30 yards – but FB Tony Fiammetta had a 3-yard run on third-and-1 and Goodson added a 2-yarder on third-and-2.
The Seahawks finally got a drive going, moving from their 18 to the Panthers’ 35. But Matt Hasselbeck’s second-and-7 pass was intercepted by SS Charles Godfrey. Before the pick, Hasselbeck had passed to TE Cameron Morrah for 7 yards, WR Ben Obomanu for 13 and WR Golden Tate for 7, and Marshawn Lynch had carried three times for 17 yards.
The defense forced a three-and-out, and Hasselbeck went to Obomanu for 27 yards on the second play – but Godfrey drilled him and Obomanu left the game with an injured right hand. Hasselbeck then passed to Brandon Stokley for 14 yards and third-and-13 and hit Morrah for 36 yards to the Panthers’ 6. But the Seahawks continued to have problems in the red zone, and a false start penalty on TE Chris Baker left them with a second-and-goal from the 6. FS Sherrod Martin broke up the second-down pass to Tate and CB Captain Munnerlyn tipped away the third down pass to Tate in the end zone. Olindo Mare then kicked a 24-yard field goal.