The Seattle Seahawks are still within striking after blocking a 40-yard Tampa Bay field goal just before the half. Outside of one drive, however, the Seahawks have failed to get anything going on offense. Matt Hasselbeck also left the game after his one-yard touchdown run and likely will not return with a hip injury.
It was an ugly half for both the Seahawks offense and defense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to move the ball at will, picking up 187 yards of total offense, double that of the Seahawks. Despite only playing a fraction of a quarter, Hasselbeck leads the Seahawks with 24 yards through the air on three of four passing. Charlie Whitehurst came on in relief, completing two of six passes for 13 yards. Marshawn Lynch led the Seahawks running backs with 45 yards on 10 carries.
Josh Freeman has been clinical at times, throwing for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Freeman also leads the Bucs on the ground with 23 yards on six carries. LeGarrette Blount is close behind with 42 yards on six carries. Kellen Winslow leads the Tampa Bay receivers with 30 yards and a touchdown.
With 30 minutes to go, the Seahawks trail the Bucs, 17-7. No matter what happens this week, the Seahawks will play the St. Louis Rams for the NFC West title next Sunday at Qwest Field.