|Total Net Yards||277|
|Time of Possession||29:30|
|Total Net Yards||409|
|Time of Possession||30:30|
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In a nutshell: Seahawks 6, Saints 0. The Seahawks scored first, on a 38-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with 10:19 left in the quarter. The Seahawks’ six-play, 20-yard drive started at the Saints’ 40 after the defense forced a three-and-out on the game’s opening series and Thomas Morstead’s punt into a strong wind went only 16 yards. The Saints then drove to the Seahawks’ 27, but Shayne Graham’s 45-yard field goal was wide left. The Seahawks then drove 34 yards in nine plays to a 49-yard field goal by Hauschka. The big play was Russell Wilson’s 13-yard pass to Golden Tate on third-and-4 and Marshawn Lynch carried twice for 13 yards.
Player of the quarter: Hauschka. He not only scored all the points in the quarter, each of his three kickoffs were touchbacks.
Play of the quarter: On the Saints’ nine-play drive to the missed field goal, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner played off a from block 310-pound guard Ben Grubbs to drop Darren Sproles for a 3-yard loss on a second-and-9 play. The 3 yards proved pivotal as Graham’s kicked sailed just wide.
Number of the quarter: 20. As in miles per hour. As in the wind that blowing south to north, and gusting even stronger. It was a factor in the quarter.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 16, Saints 0. The Seahawks pushed their lead to 13-0 on the third play of the quarter as Marshawn Lynch scored on a 15-yard run with 14:17 left in the half. On the first play of the quarter, Michael Bennett forced and recovered a fumble, giving the Seahawks the ball at the Saints’ 24. Percy Harvin had an 11-yard run before Lynch scored. The Saints got the ball at their 48-yard line after a 24-yard punt by Jon Ryan into the wind and drove to the Seahawks’ 29. But Bobby Wagner rejected Drew Brees’ fourth-and-4 pass that was intended for Marques Colston and the Seahawks took over on downs. The Seahawks then drove 63 yards in 12 plays to a 26-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka to make it 16-0 with 1:18 left in the half. Wilson hit passes of 16 yards to Harvin on third-and-8 and 25 yards to Jermaine Kearse during the drive.
Player of the quarter: Wagner. On the play before he rejected Brees’ fourth-down pass, the Seahawks’ second-year middle linebacker teamed with Kam Chancellor to stop Khiry Robinson for no gain.
Play of the quarter: Lynch’s TD run. It was just part of his 69-yard first half and the first of his 10 carries in the quarter for 55 yards.
Number of the quarter: 16. As in points. As in the Seahawks’ lead, which is the largest in franchise history at halftime of a postseason game.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 16, Saints 0. No scoring, but a lot of action as the Seahawks stopped the Saints on downs for the second time in the game and also had a fumble-forcing play for the second time in the game. But the Saints had a second-and-7 from the Seahawks’ 11 as the quarter ended.
Player of the quarter: Michael Bennett. He forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter to setup a TD run by Marshawn Lynch. In this quarter, Bennett teamed with Cliff Avril for a sack and forced another fumble. He also blew up a play that resulted in a 5-yard loss on the Saints’ series that ended on downs.
Play of the quarter: The Saints had driven to the Seahawks’ 34 on their first series of the half and had a third-and-9. But Bennett and Avril got to Drew Brees for a sack and Bennett forced a fumble. The Saints recovered, but the play forced them to punt.
Number of the quarter: 94. Lynch’s rushing yards through three quarters.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 23, Saints 15. The Saints scored on the fourth play of the quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Khiry Robinson and then added a two-point conversion run by Mark Ingram. The score capped a nine-play, 74-yard drive than began in the third quarter. Drew Brees was 4 of 4 on the drive for 63 yards. The Seahawks were forced to punt on their possession after the Saints’ score – the Seahawks’ fourth punt in as many possessions in the second half – but Jon Ryan put the ball out of bounds at the Saints’ 6. The Saints drove to the Seahawks’ 30, but Shayne Graham missed a 48-yard field goal. The Seahawks then scored on Marshawn Lynch’s 31-yard TD run with 2:40 left. The Saints then tacked on a TD as Brees passed 9 yards to Marques Colston with 26 seconds left.
Players of the quarter: The Seahawks defense. Yes, the Saints scored twice in the quarter, but the defense also made the plays that forced them to try a 48-yard field and punt on the possession before that.
Plays of the quarter: Lynch’s TD run, and Doug Baldwin’s reaching grab of a 24-yard pass from Russell Wilson on the play before it.
Number of the quarter: 2. The Seahawks will host their second NFC Championship game next Sunday.