The first team offense scored on the first two possessions of the game - on a 60-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Darrell Jackson; and a 12-yard Hasselbeck strike to Karsten Bailey, where the third-year receiver lept over defenders near the goal line.
By the time Seattle had their third offensive possession, it was the beginning of the second quarter and Brock Huard entered the game to compete for the backup quarterback job. Huard drove the team for two touchdowns - a 4-yard run by Shaun Alexander and a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Along the way, he completed nine passes in 18 attempts for 132 yards.
In two of the first three series that Huard was in, receivers dropped passes that hurt drives and Seattle was forced to punt. Alexander scored on the fourth series that the ex-Husky was in the game for. One play where Huard looked impressive was when he hit Koren Robinson along the sidelines on a pump fake off a hitch pass where Robinson hesitated in sync with the fake and then caught a perfectly thrown pass between the safety and corner.
Sevaral key turnovers by the defense, including an interception at the goal line by Curtis Fuller and a forced fumble and Hawk recovery on a hit by Maurice Kelley during another goal line stand, helped the Hawks keep the edge, despite giving up 108 yards rushing to Saints first-round rookie Deuce McAllister.
Despite getting a win, the Seahawks lost their third left cornerback when second-year man Ike Charlton was sidelined in the first quarter with what the team determined to be a sprained knee. A magnetic resonance imaging test taken Sunday will reveal more detail about the injury.
"To speculate more than that would be unfair, but he might have a little something fixed in there," coach Mike Holmgren said in a post-game press conference.
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