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Can you win games in the 2nd quarter? Thankfully you can't.

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Last year after Seattle lost their season opener to the Cardinals, I wrote up this little fanpost about the Seahawks' historical inability to produce quality 2nd quarters under Pete Carroll. Yesterday was another ugly 2nd quarter, as the Seahawks were rolled for 21 points against the Buccaneers before tallying their own late TD to close out the half. Seattle's usual 2nd half dominance showed up, but I've long wondered whether this inability to play a good 2nd quarter is a troubling trend or just a blip on the radar.

I've compiled all data from the Seahawks' games under Pete Carroll (including the playoffs) dating back to his first season in 2010. Here's what it looks like in painfully plain table formatting:

2010 Seahawks Victories (8)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Seattle

35

64

69

59

227

Opponents

34

32

22

42

130

2010 Seahawks Losses (10)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Seattle

31

22

24

71

148

Opponents

79

126

78

65

348

2010 Total (18 games)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Seattle

66

86

93

130

375

Opponents

113

158

100

107

478

2011 Seahawks Victories (7)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Seattle

51

32

53

58

194

Opponents

21

41

6

32

100

2011 Seahawks Losses (9)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter/OT

Total

Seattle

10

26

37

54

127

Opponents

41

62

34

78

215

2011 Total (16 Games)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter/OT

Total

Seattle

61

58

90

112

321

Opponents

62

103

40

110

315

2012 Seahawks Victories (12)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter/OT

Total

Seattle

82

111

67

96

356

Opponents

49

53

29

24

155

2012 Seahawks Losses (6)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter/OT

Total

Seattle

16

24

27

41

108

Opponents

26

41

20

47

134

2012 Total (18 games)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Seattle

98

135

94

137

464

Opponents

75

94

49

71

289

2013 Seahawks Wins (8)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter/OT

Total

Seattle

17

56

58

73

204

Opponents

6

65

22

22

115

2013 Seahawks Losses (1)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

Total

Seattle

12

7

9

0

28

Opponents

7

10

6

11

34

2013 Total (9 Games)

Team

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter/OT

Total

Seattle

29

63

67

73

232

Opponents

13

75

28

33

149

With the exception of 2011, the Seahawks have given up most of their points in the 2nd quarter, and they've allowed over half of their points this year in the 2nd. That's not good and you can't spin it into a positive. The 2010 Seahawks made it a point to be blown out by halftime, and the -102 pt differential in their 10 losses suggests exactly that.

Now, to look at the plus side, these numbers absolutely back up the already obvious statement that the Seahawks play much better football in the 2nd half. The 2011 Seahawks didn't allow a 3rd quarter TD in any of their wins, and the 2013 Seahawks have allowed just two 3rd quarter touchdowns (vs. Jacksonville after it was a blowout and in the loss to Indianapolis). What's interesting about the Colts game is that it's the only game where the Seahawks scored more than 7 points in the opening quarter, and yet the normally strong 2nd half team was dominated in the 4th quarter en route to its only loss of the year.

But back to the main point - The 2nd quarter has been the bane of Seahawks football in the Carroll Era. I cant explain it, but it just is. And this has spanned 3 different starting QBs, and the transition from a terrible defense to one of the best in the NFL. The players have changed, but the problem persists. They've been outscored in this quarter 5 times in 9 games, including that absolutely disastrous late fumble TD against the Titans and blocked FG TD against the Colts. Seattle being a fantastic 2nd half team has turned deficits into leads, close games into blowout victories, and blowouts into unlikely comeback wins. As fun as it would be to do 21 and 17 point comebacks every week, they're going to tangle themselves into a mess they can't get out of if they cannot figure out who to play solid football from the opening kickoff. Can you win games in the 2nd quarter? No, but this team can certainly play better than they have this season and in seasons past.

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