Quarter notes: Second
In a nutshell: Jeron Johnson, a second-year safety from Boise State, made two big plays to set up two Steve Hauschka field goals to the give the Seahawks a 9-7 lead. But Matt Prater kicked a 32-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half to give the Broncos a 10-9 lead.
Player of the quarter: Johnson, who stepped in at strong safety for Kam Chancellor. On his third play, Johnson forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Leroy Hill. On the Broncos’ next possession, Johnson intercepted an overthrown pass by Manning on third down.
Play of the quarter: Johnson’s fumble-forcing hit on Lance Ball that was recovered by Hill should have produced seven points, but Terrell Owens dropped Matt Flynn’s nicely thrown pass in the end zone on the next play. The Seahawks settled for a 36-yard field by Hauschka.
Numbers of the quarter: 0 and 3. The first is the number of passes Owens caught in his Seahawks debut despite being targeted five times – three in the first quarter, two in the second quarter. The second is the number of turnovers forced by the Seahawks defense in six Broncos’ possessions in the first half.