In a nutshell: The Seahawks pushed their lead to 17-0 as Marshawn Lynch scored on a 4-yard run on the first play of the quarter. Lynch’s second TD was setup by a 67-yard pass play from Russell Wilson to tight end Anthony McCoy on the final play of the first quarter. Lynch had 300-pound defensive tackle David Carter on his back as he crossed the goal line. Richard Sherman made it 24-0 with 10:12 remaining as he intercepted John Skelton pass that was intended for Larry Fitzgerald and returned it 19 yards for a TD. Then, quicker than you could say muffed punt return, Patrick Peterson did just that. Jeremy Lane whiffed on recovering the ball, but kicked it with his foot while on the ground, allowing Malcolm Smith to catch it for the TD that made it 31-0 with 6½ minutes left. Then, quicker than you could say Peterson fumbles a punt return, Byron Maxwell forced and recovered that fumble and Wilson passed 27 yards to tight end Zach Miller for a TD with six seconds to play.
Players of the quarter: Chris Clemons and Sherman. Clemons, the Seahawks’ sack leader, came up with a hat trick, as he beat tackle Nate Potter to swat the ball from the hand of QB John Skelton for a sack and then recovered his own forced fumble. Good. Better. Best. All in a blink. Sherman had two interceptions in the quarter.
Plays of the quarter: Sherman’s pick-six, as he read Skelton’s pass better than Fitzgerald to get his hands on the ball and then ran it in. And, of course, Smith’s very-special special teams play for a TD. And, of course Part 2, Maxwell’s double-whammy that setup the final TD.
Almost play of the quarter: We’ll fudge a bit on this one and go with the 67-yarder from Wilson to McCoy, who caught the ball at the Cardinals’ 45, got a block from wide receiver Sidney Rice and then stiff-armed cornerback William Gay to get to the 4.
Numbers of the quarter: 38 and 1. The Seahawks’ 38 first-half points are more than they had scored in their previous 12 games – complete games. The 1 is for Wilson’s first interception at home this season.
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