Photoblog: Seahawks vs. NY Giants

The Seahawks hoped to rebound from the loss at Oakland with the help of the 12th Man as they returned to Qwest Field to face the visiting New York Giants.

Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst surveys the field during pregame before making his first professional start.

On the Seahawks sidelines before kickoff, linebacker coach Ken Norton, Jr. has a word with defensive lineman Junior Siavii.

Seattle's special teams members Justin Forsett and Will Herring tackle Giants return specialist Will Blackmon on a punt return in the first quarter.

Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant battles New York's Hakeem Nicks for a ball along the sideline.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates after his coach's challenge resulted in a fumble recovery for the Seahawks.

Defensive lineman Junior Siavii celebrates a tackle.

Seattle wide receiver Mike Williams searches for a pass that bounded in the air near the goal line before being intercepted by New York's Corey Webster.

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Seahawks practicing on a gorgeous autumn day.

The Seahawks took to the practice field on a beautiful autumn day with temperatures in the 70's at their facility along Lake Washington. The team is preparing to face the New York Giants on Sunday at Qwest Field.

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Fourth quarter

Matthew Stafford

Peephole perspective: It was far from perfection, but it was perfectly fine, as the Seahawks snapped their two-game losing streak by spotting the Lions a 17-0 lead and then outscoring them 32-3 for their third victory of the season.

Player of the quarter: Matt Hasselbeck, and it goes beyond just this quarter. He completed 15 passes in a row during one stretch. He surpassed Dave Krieg for the franchise record for career completions. He put together the first 300-yard passing performance since 2007.

Play of the quarter: Easy. It was the clincher, as Josh Wilson’s interception of Stafford’s third-and-10 pass and 53-yard return up the sideline for a TD that made it 32-20 with 22 seconds left.

Line of the quarter: This time, it belonged to Stafford – and the Seahawks’ defense: 6 of 14 for 53 yards, two interceptions and a 14.0 passer rating

The bigger picture: The Seahawks pushed their lead to 25-17 when Olindo Mare kicked a 20-yard field goal with 10:09 to play in the game. The drive started at the end of the third quarter, and was set up by linebacker David Hawthorne’s second interception. Hasselbeck and Nate Burleson hooked up twice for y third-down completions and Hasselbeck also drew the Lions into the neutral zone with a nice manipulation of the snap count on a fourth-and-1.

The Lions got back on the scoreboard – and back in the game – on the ensuing series. A 31-yard run by Kevin Smith on their first play produced more yards than the Lions had in the half up to that play, and Jason Hanson then drilled a 50-yard field goal to make it 25-20 with eight minutes left.

On the Lions’ next possession, cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted Stafford’s third-down pass to Calvin Johnson. It was the fourth interception for the Seahawks – one more than they had in their first seven games.

One good pick deserved an even better one, as Stafford’s third-down pass on the Lions’ next possession was intercepted by Josh Wilson and returned 53 yards for a TD.

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Third quarter

Seahawks vs. LionsPeephole perspective: The Seahawks finally took the lead, 22-17, on a 24-yard field goal by Olindo Mare and a 2-yard TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Player of the quarter: David Hawthorne. The second-year middle linebacker made his second interception, setting up a second score. He also led a defensive effort that limited the Lions to 25 yards in the quarter and forced their first two punts of the game.

Play of the quarter: The TD, of course. Hasselbeck rolled out and found Houshmandzadeh, who just got into the front corner of the end zone.

Line of the quarter: Hasselbeck, again? Of course: 9 of 13 for 107 yards and the TD, for a 119.7 rating.

The bigger picture: The Seahawks got closer, but couldn’t take the lead on their second possession of the half. They drove from their own 22 to the Lions’ 6 – thanks to a 59-yard pass play from Matt Hasselbeck to Julius Jones. But Hasselbeck had to throw away his third-down pass because fullback Owen Schmidt was covered, so Olindo Mare kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 17-16 with 9½ minutes left in the quarter.

The Seahawks finally took the lead, 22-17, when Hasselbeck passed 2 yards to Houshmandzadeh with 2½ minutes left in the quarter. The seven-play, 68-yard drive got an assist when Lions cornerback William James was flagged for a 16-yard pass interference penalty against Nate Burleson on third-and-3. The Seahawks then got a 15-yard gain as Seneca Wallace passed to Houshmandzadeh out of the SeneCat formation and Hasselbeck then went to tight end John Carlson for a 15-yarder.

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Second quarter

Seahawks vs. LionsPeephole perspective: Fourteen consecutive completions. Moving past Dave Krieg for franchise record for career completions. Matt Hasselbeck passes the Seahawks back into the game, as they trailed 17-13 at the half.

Players of the quarter: The H-connection. Middle linebacker David Hawthorne made a third-down interception to finally stop the Lions. Hasselbeck passed the Seahawks into position for a short TD run and two field goals.

Play of the quarter: The second quarter began like too much of the first quarter had gone – with the Seahawks putting the ball on the ground or in the hands of a Lions defender. But right guard Max Unger was there to recover T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s fumble after taking a third-down pass from Hasselbeck. The drive continued, and the Seahawks got their touchdown – a 3-yard run by Julius Jones – seven plays later.

Line of the quarter: The contrast that was the two passers. Hasselbeck: 17 of 20, 136 yards, 95.0 rating. Stafford: 2 of 6, 13 yards, two interceptions, 2.8 rating.

The bigger picture: Hasselbeck rebounded from his shaky start to get the Seahawks on the board. Actually, it was Jones who scored – on a 3-yard run. Hasselbeck, however, was 8 of 8 on the drive. But the 10-play, 60-yard drive didn’t come without its tense moment. Houshmandzadeh fumbled after taking a third-down pass, but Unger recovered to give the Seahawks the first down.

The Lions were on the move again, taking the ensuing kickoff and driving to the Seahawks’ 33. But Hawthorne intercepted Stafford’s third-down pass intended for Pettigrew.

This time, it was the Seahawks’ turn to capitalize on a big defensive play – but with a small c, not a capital C. Hasselbeck did pass them to the Lions’ 13 following Hawthorne’s interception. But the drive stalled and Olindo Mare kicked a 37-yard field goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 17-10. During the drive, Hasselbeck completed his 2,097th pass to break the franchise record for career completions that was held by Dave Krieg.

The defense then did it again, as strong safety Deon Grant intercepted a Stafford pass deep in Seahawks’ territory. Hasselbeck then completed six passes to get Mare close enough for a 37-yard field goal with :02 left in the half.

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First quarter

Seahawks vs. LionsPeephole perspective: Two Seahawks turnovers. Two Matthew Stafford TD passes. Lions, 17-0.

Player of the quarter: Stafford, as the Lions’ rookie QB completed 10 of 14 passes for 111 yards and the two TDs.

Play of the quarter: On the Seahawks’ first play of the game, Matt Hasselbeck was looking for T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but found Lions safety Louis Delmas. The interception setup the first of Stafford’s TD passes.

Line of the quarter: Stafford, of course, and it bears repeating – 10 of 14, 111 yards, two TDs.

The bigger picture: The last thing the Seahawks could afford was the first thing they allowed the Lions to do – put together a long drive. The Lions moved from their own 24-yard line to the Seahawks 15, but Jason Hanson then hit the right upright on a 34-yard field goal attempt. Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford was 6 of 7 for 55 yards.

But Matt Hasselbeck gave the ball right back, throwing an interception to Lions safety Louis Delmas on the Seahawks’ first play. Stafford then threw a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

The Seahawks remained in a giving mood, as fullback Justin Griffith fumbled after taking a Hasselbeck pass on Seattle’s second play of the game. The Lions’ Ko Simpson recovered at the Seahawks 29 and on third down Stafford went to Bryant Johnson for the TD. Seahawks cornerback Ken Lucas had tight coverage on the pass into the end zone, but Johnson snagged the pass with one hand before corralling it for the score.

But wait, there was more – for the Lions. The Seahawks went for it on fourth-and-inches on their next possession, but instead of crease on the right side of the line running back Julius Jones found Detroit linebacker Larry Foote. The no-gain play gave the ball back to the Lions, at the Seahawks 38, and Hanson kicked a 41-yard field goal to run the Lions lead to 17-0.

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Wilson to start

One lineup change for the Seahawks: Josh Wilson will start at right cornerback for Ken Lucas, who got a stinger in last week’s game at Dallas. Look for Lucas to play in the nickel, when Wilson will slide inside to cover the slot receiver.

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Obomanu inactive

Ben Obomanu

For the first time this season, the Seahawks’ list of inactive players is not comprised almost exclusively of injured players. That’s because all 53 players on the active roster and also each of the eight players on the practice squad participated in Friday’s practice.

But WR Ben Obomanu is inactive. He strained an oblique against the Cowboys last week and did not practice until Friday. WR Mike Hass, who was signed off the practice squad on Tuesday just in case Obomanu could not play, also is inactive.

Also inactive:

  • S Jamar Adams
  • OG Mike Gibson
  • OG Mansfield Wrotto
  • TE Cameron Morrah
  • DT Red Bryant
  • 3rd QB: Mike Teel

Sean Locklear is active for the first time since he got a high ankle sprain in Week 3, but Damion McIntosh will start at left tackle.

Inactive for the Lions:

  • S Marvin White
  • CB Jason David
  • FB Vinny Ciurciu
  • OT Jon Jansen
  • OG Daniel Loper
  • DT Grady Jackson

Landon Cohen will start for Jackson, with Terrelle Smith stepping in for Felton.

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Countdown to kickoff

Greetings from Qwest Field, where the Seahawks will play their only home game in November today against the Detroit Lions.

Despite the lack of national attention for this matchup of a 2-5 team (Seahawks) against a 1-6 team (Lions), this is a biggie on several levels for the home team – a gotta-have-it game wedged between last week’s trip to Dallas and the upcoming three-game swing that will take the Seahawks to Arizona, Minneapolis and St. Louis.

How will the players respond to coach Jim Mora calling them out after last week’s loss to the Cowboys?

Can Louis Rankin (kickoffs) and Nate Burleson (punts) provide a needed boost for a return game that is averaging 21.9 and 5.0 yards?

Will a running game that has generated 14 and 79 yards the past two games get it going a Lions defense that is allowing an average of 117.7 yards per game?

Will the return of defensive end Patrick Kerney to the left side jumpstart a pass rush that has collected four sacks in the past two games and nine in the past four?

Will the offensive line – starting the same combination in back-to-back games for the first time since Week 2 – provide Matt Hasselbeck with the time to pass, and allow tight end John Carlson to be more involved in the passing game?

Will Marcus Trufant bounce back from his less-than-stellar ’09 debut against the Cowboys and be the force the defense needs in his matchups with the Lions’ Calvin Johnson?

We’re all about to find out together.

In addition to Military Appreciation Day, there also will be a moment of silence prior to kickoff for Timothy Brenton, the Seattle Police Officer who was killed last week.

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