Headed into the locker room, the Seattle Seahawks trial the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-7 after a first half full of injuries.
The first and only Seahawk to leave the game was Matt Hasselbeck.
On third-and-goal from the Tampa Bay one-yard line, the quarterback rolled right after faking a hand off and, with nobody open, jogged into the end zone with 2:59 remaining in the first quarter to give his team a 7-0 lead after an Olindo Mare extra point. While crossing the goal line, the 12-year veteran grabbed his left hip and, after standing in the end zone, trainers came onto the field. Shortly thereafter, Hasselbeck went into the locker room and the team gave his return a “questionable” designation.
The worst of the three Buccaneers injuries was to rookie Arrelious Benn. Following a 16-yard reception on Tampa Bay’s first offensive play of the quarter, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound receiver out of the University of Illinois was taken to the locker room with a left knee injury. He did not retun to the game.
After trailing 7-0, Tampa Bay cut the deficit to four with a 46-yard Connor Barth field goal with 30 second remaining in the first quarter. The Buccaneers would add 14 more points over the next 15 minutes while shutting the Seahawks out in the quarter.
Seattle almost found itself trailing 20-7 after two quarters, but Craig Terrill’s block of a 44-yard Barth field goal keeps the Seahawks within 10.
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