Peephole perspective: A first-possession TD pass and a last-play-of-the-quarter field goal for the 49ers. The first catch of the season for Ruvell Martin – for a TD – for the Seahawks. 49ers 10-7.
Play of the quarter: Martin made his first catch a big one, beating SS Reggie Smith with a double move to get into the end zone to take an 110-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck.
Player of the quarter: Alex Smith. The 49ers’ beleagurered QB was 5 of 9 for 91 yards in the quarter, after sitting out the previous five games with a sprained shoulder.
Number of the quarter: 3. As in third downs, as Smith went to TE Vernon Davis for 22 yards on a third-and-10 play on the opening TD drive and then went to WR Josh Morgan for 21 on a third-and-7 on the field goal drive.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks won the coin toss, as Lofa Tatupu called heads and it was. But they deferred, so the 49ers got the ball first and drove 74 yards in six plays to Smith’s 42-yard TD pass to Davis. Smith and Davis also hooked up for 22 yards on a third-and-10 play. On the TD, Davis came across the field from right to left, caught Smith’s pass near the 25 and ran untouched into the end zone because SS Lawyer Milloy slipped on the play.
The Seahawks moved to the 49ers’ 49 on their first possession, but QB Matt Hasselbeck was flushed from the pocket and threw incomplete on second down and his third-down pass was tipped and caught by LG Mike Gibson for a 2-yard loss.
The 49ers’ next possession went three-and-out as DT Brandon Mebane made the tackles on first and second downs and Aaron Curry got to Smith for a 10-yard sack on third down. Curry lined up at tackle and beat RG Chilo Rachael.
The Seahawks then drove 52 yards in seven plays to a tying TD – Hasselbeck’s 11-yard pass to Martin, who got Smith to bit on a double move to get open in the end zone. Hasselbeck was 4 of4 for 49 yards, including an 8-yarder to Brandon Stokley on second-and-5, a 15-yarder to TE Chris Baker to the 49ers’ 22 and a 15-yarder to Stokley to the 12. The TD gave the Seahawks 34 first-quarter points for the season.
The 49ers came right back, however, driving 59 yards to a 33-yard field goal by Jeff Reed on the final play of the quarter. Smith passed to Morgan for 21 yards on third-and-7 and RB Anthony Dixon broke a 34-yard run on the next play.