Quarter notes: First
In a nutshell: Chargers 3-0. The Chargers took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards in 13 plays to a 28-yard field goal by Nick Novak. Philip Rivers was a 5 of 6 for 45 yards and also ran once for 5 yards in his only series, but the big play was Ryan Matthews’ leap over the line and roll for 9 yards on fourth-and-1.
Player of the quarter: Rivers, who was good from start to almost finish in the only scoring drive of the quarter.
Play of the quarter: On a third-and-6 play, Russell Wilson appeared to be sacked. Until, that is, he did his Russell Wilson thing, escaping for an 8-yard gain and the first down.
Number of the quarter: 3, of course. The Chargers’ point total, the down on which Matthews’ picked up the first and Wilson’s uniform number.
Quarter notes: Second
In a nutshell: Seahawks 7-3. It took a while, not to mention an interception and 28-yard return by third-year cornerback Byron Maxwell, but the Seahawks took the lead with 1:56 left in the half on Brady Quinn’s third-down pass to a wide-open Jermaine Kearse for an 11-yard TD. It was almost 10-3, as Steven Hauschka’s 61-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the half hit the crossbar.
Player of the quarter: Jon Ryan. All the Seahawks punter did in the quarter was get off 65- and 60-yarders.
Plays of the quarter: So that’s why they drafted him, offensive edition. On a third-and-7 play, Brady Quinn went to rookie tight end Luke Willson – up the seam, of course – for 15 yards and the first down. So that’s why they drafted him, defensive edition. On a third-and-16 play, Maxwell, a sixth-round pick in 2011, intercepted a Charlie Whitehurst pass and returned it 28 yards.
Number of the quarter: 6, as in the number of penalties called against the Seahawks in the first half – a late hit; holding on a punt return; illegal hands; roughness; pass interference; and a hold that was declined. Pete Carroll is not going to be happy with that.