Peephole perspective: The 49ers scored 13 points off a trio of Seahawks’ turnovers in the quarter, and scored on six of their seven possessions in the half. SF, 30-7.
Player of the quarter: Alex Smith. The 49ers QB had two touchdown passes in the quarter, giving him three for the half. He completed 13 of 20 passes in the first half for 195 yards. This was a guy who had sat out the previous five games with a sprained shoulder.
Play of the quarter: Three plays after the 49ers kicked a field goal to go up 13-7, LB Travis LaBoy beat LT Russell Okung for a fumble-forcing sack of Matt Hasselbeck. LaBoy also recovered the ball, and three plays later the 49ers scored on a 15-yard pass from Smith to WR Josh Morgan. From 10-7 to 20-7 in a couple of blinks.
Number of the quarter: 20. That’s Brian Westbrook’s uniform number. He’s playing because Frank Gore is on IR with a fractured hip. The former Eagle caught a 10-yard pass on third-and-8 on the drive to one of Jeff Reed’s field goals and then took a short pass from Smith for 62 yards and a TD.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks used a wild-cat play to pick up a first down on the third play of the quarter, as FB Michael Robinson took the direct snap – with Hasselbeck flanked to the left – and ran for 15 yards. But Hasselbeck’s pass on the next play was intercepted by LB Takeo Spikes.
The 49ers then got a 44-yard field goal from Jeff Reed to make it 13-7 with 10:31 left in the half. The 49ers converted on third down again, as Smith passed to Westbrook for 10 yards on third-8.
The 49ers got the ball right back, as beat Okung for a fumble-forcing sack of Hasselbeck and also recovered the ball at the Seahawks’ 17. The 49ers capitalized as Smith passed to WR Josh Morgan on third-and-8 and Morgan jumped past CB Marcus Trufant to get into the end zone. That’s 10 points off Seahawks’ turnovers in the first seven minutes of the quarter.
The Seahawks then drove to the 49ers’ 33, but Justin Forsett got 1 and zero yards on second- and third-down carries and Hasselbeck’s fourth-and-3 pass to Ruvell Martin was incomplete as CB Shawntae Spencer had him well covered on the play.
The 49ers the Seahawks pay, again, as Smith and Westbrook hooked up on a 62-yard play that was a lot more run than pass to make it 27-7. Rookie FS Earl Thomas whiffed on tackling Westbrook near midfield, and Westbrook did the rest.
Hasselbeck was intercepted again on the Seahawks next possession, this time by SS Reggie Smith. That set up a 22-yard field by Reed as time expired in the half.