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Seahawks Force First Turnover

I am using a pure notes format this week, because for the first time all season, the Seahawks played a competitive fourth quarter. Notes allow me to skip over stuff that isn't terribly interesting to write or read about and as it so happens, often take the longest time to piece out, like runs into the pile.

I will also do a complete special teams run down at some point this week.

On to the first drive.

1-10-SD 19 (14:54) (Shotgun) 43-D.Sproles right guard to SD 35 for 16 yards (23-M.Trufant, 29-E.Thomas). WATCH HIGHLIGHT

Jacob Hester motions into a split-back, shotgun set. San Diego calls a draw. Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons are drawn into the backfield and Colin Cole is blown back by center Nick Hardwick and right guard Louis Vasquez. Hester pulls forward and blocks Lofa Tatupu. Sproles snakes first slight left and then hard right for 16.

(one play later)

2-9-SD 36 (13:28) (Shotgun) 17-P.Rivers pass short left to 11-L.Naanee to SD 45 for 9 yards (36-L.Milloy). FUMBLES (36-L.Milloy), RECOVERED by SEA-79-R.Bryant at SD 46. 79-R.Bryant to SD 46 for no gain (35-M.Tolbert).

Chargers break in an unbalanced formation, with three wide receivers and a tight end on the left and only one wide receiver to counter on the right. Seahawks respond with a 3-3, with both Aaron Curry and Chris Clemons playing upright and pressuring the edges. I like this look. It's attacking. And the Seahawks do attack, blitzing both Curry and Clemons. Brandon Mebane draws right tackle Jeromey Clary with a lightning first step and that frees Clemons around the corner. He forces the short pass to Naanee.

Legedu Naanee holds the ball way away from his body before attempting to tuck it in as Lawyer Milloy tackles him. He does, sort of. Lofa Tatupu closes from the right and knocks the ball loose. Red Bryant recovers.