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2011 NFL Playoffs, Seahawks Vs. Saints: Seattle Takes Shocking Halftime Lead, 24-20

The Seattle Seahawks are shocking the world at Qwest Field in the NFL playoffs, rallying from down 10 to take a surprising 24-20 halftime lead over the New Orleans Saints. Matt Hasselbeck, after an early interception, settled in for the Seahawks stringing together completions and carrying the team down the field and into the lead. In a game that featured little in the way of defense, the second quarter saw both sides tighten down, though Seattle ran off 17 unanswered points.

The New Orleans Saints did get a field goal just before the half after stalling inside the Seattle 10 yard line. Drew Brees finished the half with 189 yards and a touchdown through the air to lead the Saints offense. Julius Jones had a team-high 35 yards and a touchdown on the crowd, but coughed up a costly fumble leading to a Seattle field goal. Marques Colston has a game-high 53 yards on three catches for the Saints.

Hasselbeck has been unflappable, completing 13-18 passes for 168 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. John Carlson caught two touchdowns and Brandon Stokley caught one as the second half was winding down to give Seattle the lead. Marshawn Lynch added 30 yards on the ground to lead the Seahawks.

It’s on in Seattle as the Seahawks lead the Saints at the half, 24-20. The Seahawks get the ball to start the half, giving them a chance to give themselves some distance. Follow all the action in our NFL playoffs StoryStream.