BREAKTHROUGH: With 11:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, Anthony McFarland barreled through the Seahawks line and engulfed quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for his second sack. Seattle lost seven yards and was forced to punt. The Bucs managed a field goal on the next drive.
HANDS: With 7:40 remaining in the third, Seattle defensive lineman Grant Wistrom recorded what went in the books as a sack, but most importantly _ once he got to Bucs quarterback Chris Simms he stripped the ball from his hands. Teammate Rashad Moore recovered, spoiling a drive that stalled at the Seattle 47-yard-line.
TEAMWORK: With 6:11 left in the first quarter, Seattle dodged trouble when offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson bailed out running back Mack Strong, who coughed up the ball at the Bucs' 47-yard-line. Bucs defensive lineman Chartric Darby forced the fumble, but the recovery proved critical, as Hasselbeck engineered a nine-play drive which resulted in a 44-yard field goal by Josh Brown.
FIRST IMPRESSION: With 7:10 remaining in the first quarter, running back Jamel White, a backup to Charlie Garner, finally recorded his first carry as a Buc. Perhaps he was a tad rusty as he was drilled behind the line of scrimmage by Moore and defensive end Chike Okeafor. He lost four yards on the play.
DECISION: In a game that turned into a field-position battle, perhaps Bucs fullback Mike Alstott could have had a say in things . . . if he could only get the ball. He picked up his second _ and last _ carry with 7:40 remaining in the fourth. He finished with six yards, which is one more than he recorded last week against Washington.
BY THE NUMBERS
6: Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson's final completion in yards. On a third down, he needed eight yards but threw it just six to receiver Tim Brown with 13:38 left in the second quarter. He was replaced on the next drive.
17: Number of punts Josh Bidwell has in two games.
20: Number of career interceptions for Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks. He picked off Hasselbeck in the first half.
39: Number of penalty yards for Seattle on the Bucs' final drive. The Seahawks managed to dodge two personal fouls for roughing Simms and a pass interference call.
_ TIM SULLIVAN, Times staff writer