NFL Game Summary - Seattle at Denver
(Sunday, September 19th)
Final Score: Denver 31, Seattle 14
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kyle Orton was at the head of an effective
Denver offense with 307 yards passing and two touchdowns as the Broncos
handled Seattle, 31-14, at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Orton hit on 25-of-35 passes and developed a nice rapport with rookie receiver
Demaryius Thomas, who sat out the season opener and all of the preseason with
a foot injury. Denver's top draft pick this past April, Thomas debuted with
eight catches for 97 yards with a 21-yard touchdown.
A balanced rushing attack saw Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter both find
the end zone, while Eddie Royal reeled in a 13-yard touchdown en route to a
65-yard, five-catch day for Denver (1-1), which bounced back from a
disappointing loss to Jacksonville in Week 1.
Matt Hasselbeck was picked off three times -- twice inside the Denver 10-yard
line -- and was held to 233 yards passing on 20-of-35 attempts.
The veteran signal-caller's 20-yard scoring run and an 11-yard touchdown pass
to Ben Obomanu provided the offense for Seattle (1-1), which got off to an
impressive start in Week 1 with a sound 31-6 beating of NFC West favorite San
The Seahawks turned it over a total of four times, with a muffed punt by
rookie Walter Thurmond at his own 13-yard line leading to a quick seven points
for Denver in the first quarter.
Hasselbeck's overthrow of Deion Branch just outside the right pylon was picked
off by Champ Bailey to ruin a promising opening drive for Seattle, which had
marched downfield from its own 20.
Denver was forced to punt, but the Seahawks' second turnover proved costly as
Thurmond botched the catch and set Denver up at the 13. Three plays later
Orton found Royal in the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Broncos set off on their next scoring venture on the final play of the
first quarter, and 4 1/2 minutes into the second Buckhalter was polishing off
a 10-play, 81-yard drive with a one-yard scoring plunge.
Hasselbeck came back to lead Seattle deep into Denver territory but was again
picked off, this time by Brian Dawkins at the nine-yard line on a deep pass up
the left side intended for John Carlson.
"The fact that we didn't capitalize when we were down there (the red zone)
because we turned the football over going in, all of those things...give you a
really good chance to have a tough day. We made it really hard on ourselves,"
said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. "Matt threw some great balls and he
threw some balls that he'd pull back in a heartbeat."
A lengthy Denver drive on the ensuing possession took all but 11 seconds off
the clock in the first half, as Matt Prater made it a 17-0 game at halftime
with a 20-yard field goal.
"We wanted to try and force Hasselbeck into some tough throwing situations. We
thought we had a chance to get some turnovers and our guys made some plays
when given the opportunity and our offense capitalized on them," said Denver
head coach Josh McDaniels.
The Seahawks finally broke through for a score to open the second half. The
drive started at the Denver 22 after Golden Tate's 63-yard punt return and
Hasselbeck hit Obomanu near the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown a short
Denver erased the score with a methodical 10-play, 80-yard trek that shaved
over six minutes off the clock and saw Moreno breach the end zone from one
"The defense was really poor today. We couldn't get off the field on third
down and it kind of flip-flopped on the other side," added Carroll.
It remained a three-score game moving to the fourth and Denver essentially put
the game away with another near eight-minute, 80-yard drive with Thomas' first
career NFL touchdown serving as the finishing touch.
Seattle went into a hurry-up offense and Hasselbeck found the end zone on a
20-yard run to cap the scoring.
The Broncos won their 11th consecutive home opener, the longest such active
streak in the league. Denver's all-time record in home openers is also tops in
the NFL at 38-12-1...Moreno also caught four passes for 67 yards...Tate
returned two punts for 82 yards and caught a 52-yard pass in his first taste
of pro action. The rookie out of Notre Dame was inactive for Week 1...Deon
Butler was Seattle's top receiving threat with five receptions and 50
yards...Denver hosts the Colts next Sunday, while the Seahawks host San Diego.
09/19 20:51:48 ET
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