Quarter notes: Third
In a nutshell: Seahawks 17-3. A 46-yard punt return by Walter Thurmond allowed the Seahawks to stretch their lead to 10-7 as it setup a 22-yard field goal by Carson Wiggs with 7:29 left in the quarter. Another punt return, this one a 19-yarder by Will Blackmon to the 50, led to a 4-yard touchdown run by rookie Spencer Ware that made it 17-03 with 4:06 left.
Player of the quarter: Benson Mayowa. He’s not only a rookie free agent, Mayowa was signed after getting a tryout at the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp in May. Why? Because he can rush the passer. Just asked Charlie Whitehurst, who was sacked twice in a four-play span by the “the kid from Idaho,” as coach Pete Carroll referred to Mayowa after that rookie minicamp.
Play of the quarter: Welcome back, Tarvaris Jackson. And welcome, Stephen Williams. After Blackmon’s punt return, these two hooked up for a 41-yard completion to the Chargers’ 6-yard line to setup Ware’s TD run. Jackson, the starter in 2011 who spent last season with the Bills, laid up a beauty. Williams, who was with the Cardinals last season, made an even nicer catch against Josh Johnson.
Number of the quarter: 65. The combined return yardage of the punt returns by Thurmond (46) and Blackmon (19).
Quarter notes: Fourth
In a nutshell: Seahawks 31-10. Tarvaris Jackson and Stephens Williams did it again on the first play of the quarter, this time for a 42-yard touchdown that made it 24-3. But the Chargers came right back on a 21-yard TD pass from Brad Sorenson to tight end Ladarius Green to make it 24-10 with 12:30 to play. But Jackson then passed 6 yards pass to running back Derrick Coleman for the TD that made it 31-10.
Player of the quarter: Jackson. He took what was there, and even a few things that weren’t. His re-signing after being released by the Bills gives the Seahawks a play-making backup to Russell Wilson.
Play of the quarter: That first play of the quarter, as Williams somehow came down with Jackson’s pass in the back corner of the south end zone.
Numbers of the quarter: 7-to-83. That’s Jackson (No. 7) to Williams (No. 83). First, for 41 yards to setup a TD in the third quarter. Then, for 42 yards and their own TD.