Quarter notes: Second
In a nutshell: Seahawks 6-3. The Seahawks drove 50 yards in 12 plays to Steven Hauschka’s 36-yard field goal to open the quarter, and the Panthers then drove 77 yards in 12 plays to Justin Medlock’s 32-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half.
Players of the quarter: The Seahawks’ defense. They held the Panthers to three points, 93 yards – with 77 coming on the final drive – and one conversion in six third-down situations. Before that final drive, the Panthers had gone thee-and-out on three of their previous four possessions in the half. The Seahawks also got to Cam Newton for a pair of sacks by rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin. Honorable mention to Russell Wilson, as the rookie QB was 12 of 13 for 123 yards in the first half.
Play of the quarter: Wilson’s 11-yard pass to Sidney Rice on third-and-5. The completion not only followed Wilson being sacked for a 4-yard loss on second down, it got Hauschka close enough for his second field goal of the half.
Number of the quarter: 76. As in the number of yards the Seahawks’ offense lost in the first half on two holding penalties by tackles Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung. Giacomini’s holding penalty nullified Wilson’s 56-yard completion to Golden Tate in the first quarter. Okung’s holding penalty erased a 20-yard run by Marshawn Lynch in the second quarter.
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