Third quarter

Peephole perspective: Three Matt Hasselbeck turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble in the end zone) turned into 17 points for the Falcons. Atlanta 34-10.

Player of the quarter: Brent Grimes. The Falcons’ cornerback intercepted one pass and tipped another that was intercepted.

Play of the quarter: Looking to thrown from his own end zone on the Seahawks’ first play of the second half, Hasselbeck was sacked in the end zone and fumbled. Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux recovered for the TD.

Number of the quarter: 8. That’s Hasselbeck’s uniform number. In the past two games, he has eight turnovers that have led to 37 points for the opposition.

The bigger picture: The Falcons opened the half with their first punt, a 56-yarder by former Western Washington P Michael Koenen that was downed at the Seahawks’ 4.

But the Falcons scored on the next play, as DE Jamal Anderson turned in a fumble-forcing sack of Hasselbeck in the end zone and Babineaux fell on the ball for the TD that made it 24-10.

On the Seahawks’ next possession, Hasselbeck’s pass intended for WR Ben Obomanu was intercepted by Grimes and returned 11 yards to the Seahawks’ 37. The Falcons got a 25-yard field goal by Matt Bryant to make it 27-10. The big plays on the short drive were Ryan’s 12-yard pass to Michael Jenkins and his 6-yard pass to WR Roddy White on third-and-4.

It also was announced that CB Marcus Trufant has a back injury, which is why Kennard Cox has been playing the left side.

On the Seahawks’ next possession, Hasselbeck threw another interception. This pass also was intended for Obomanu, but Grimes tipped it and S William Moore picked off the deflection and returned it 27 yards to the Seahawks’ 21. Michael Turner broke a 15-yard run on the Falcons’ first play and, on third-and-goal, Ryan passed for 5 yards to White for the TD that made it 34-10.

The Seahawks went to Charlie Whitehurst for their final possession of the quarter, but he threw incomplete on second and third downs. Hasselbeck’s numbers: 10 of 17, 71 yards, no TDs, two interceptions.


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