First quarter

Posted by Clare Farnsworth on December 26, 2010 – 2:04 pm

Peephole perspective: A TD run by Matt Hasselbeck. A late field goal by the Bucs. Seahawks, 7-3.

Player of the quarter: Hasselbeck. He didn’t last long because of a left hip injury. But before he left, the veteran QB scored on a 1-yard run and also surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the season.

Play of the quarter: On fourth-and-1 from the Bucs’ 4, the Seahawks had FB Michael Robinson lineup in the wild-cat to take the snap. He was hit short of the needed yardage, but spun to get to the 1.

Numbers of the quarter: 81 and 80. The Bucs’ Michael Spurlock (No. 81) broke an 80-yard kickoff return to setup Tampa’s field goal.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks scored first, on a 1-yard run by Matt Hasselbeck. But the QB grabbed his left side after crossing the goal line and went down in the end zone. He was able to walk to the sideline. The score capped an 11-play, 62-yard drive that consumed almost six minutes. Marshawn Lynch broke a 29-yard run on the second play, but was then stopped for no gain on first and second downs from the 1. In between, fullback Michael Robinson gained 3 yards on fourth-and-1 after taking the snap from a wild-cat formation. Hasselbeck was 3 of 3 for 25 yards.

Hasselbeck was being tended to on the sideline for a hip injury as Olindo Mare kicked the PAT and backup QB Charlie Whitehurst was warming up.

The Seahawks’ special teams then gave up an 80-yard kickoff return to Michael Spurlock, giving the Bucs a first down at the Seahawks’ 17. But the defense put the Bucs in a fourth-and-21 as DE Chris Clemons and DE Raheem Brock teamed up on a 13-yard sack of Bucs QB Josh Freeman. Connor Barth kicked a 46-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 25 seconds left in the half. The kick capped a four-play, minus-11 yard drive.


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