The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter: Seattle struck first on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate. The Jets would get their score on a fumble recovery and return by Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilson was sacked on the play by Mike DeVito, who also caused the fumble on the play.
A muffed punt by Jeremy Kerley at the Jets' 42-yard line set the Seahawks up with good field position for the only score of the second quarter. The Seahawks scored seven plays after the fumble on a Marshawn Lynch touchdown rush from a yard out.
Wilson was 6-of-10 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Mark Sanchez finished the half 5-of-14 passing for 67 yards and an interception in the red zone. Tim Tebow threw two passes for the Jets in the first half, both of which were completed.
Seattle's Marshawn Lynch led all rushers in the first half with 39 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. New York's Jeremy Kerley led all receivers for the half with 55 yards on four receptions.