Game thread: Seahawks at Broncos
The Broncos went three-and-out on their first possession with two running plans and a 6-yard pass completion. Seattle is using Marcus Trufant as its nickelback ... The Seahawks started the game in a three-receiver set, which included Terrell Owens and Golden Tate split out wide, Deon Butler in the slot. Marshawn Lynch started the game, but was penalized for holding on a second-down blitz pickup. The Seahawks gave up a sack on second down, ran the ball on third and then had a punt blocked. That gave the Broncos the ball, first-and-10 at the Seattle 24. The Seahawks got the ball back two plays later when K.J. Wright picked off a pass from Peyton Manning and returned it 24 yards. Defensive tackle Red Bryant tipped the ball before it was intercepted.
Seattle -- Stephen Hauschka 43 FG (Drive: 11 plays, 39 yards, 5:34 time of possession)
Seattle ran the ball effectively on this drive as Marshawn Lynch carried four times for 27 yards, rookie Robert Turbin had a run of 8 yards and Matt Flynn had a scramble for six yards. The Seahawks did have two penalties on the drive, a false start against J.R. Sweezy and a holding penalty against left tackle Russell Okung, who has his hands full with Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Seahawks 3, Broncos 0, 5:09 left in the first quarter.
The Broncos responded immediately, Manning ditching the huddle and pushing the ball down the field. He completed his first four passes on the ensuing drive for 47 yards. The Broncos had the ball, first-and-goal at the Seattle 3. The Seahawks held Broncos running back Willis McGahee out of the end zone on first and again on second down to force third-and-goal from the 1. McGahee scored running off right tackle.
Denver -- Willis McGahee 1 run at 0:00 (Matt Prater kick). Denver 7, Seattle 3.
The Seahawks defense put Seattle in great position as strong safety Jeron Johnson forced a fumble from Broncos' running back Lance Ball, giving the Seahawks the ball at the Denver 46. The Seahawks ran nine plays on the ensuing drive, which gained a total of 27 yards and one of the two first downs on that possession came courtesy of a pass-interference penalty on third down against Golden Tate. Hauschka kicked his second field goal of the game to trim Denver's lead to one point.
Seattle -- Hauschka 36 FG at 8:37. (Drive: 9 plays, 28 yards, 3:37)
Denver 7, Seattle 6
Johnson forced his second turnover of the game on the Broncos' next possession, intercepting a pass that Manning left high over the middle. Tight end Joel Dressen decided discretion the better part of valor on that play, giving the Seahawks the ball.
What do you know? It leads to another field goal.
Seattle -- Hauschka 43 FG at 2:39. Seattle 9, Denver 7.
Denver took over at the 20 with 2:39 to play, and Manning promptly stood on the accelerator. The Broncos were at their own 42 by the 2 minute warning, across midfield two players later, and were in the red zone with 52 seconds left before settling for a 32-yard field goal.
Denver -- Prater 32 FG at 0:06. Denver 10, Seattle 7.
Seattle began the second half with its longest drive of the game as Russell Wilson entered the game at quarterback and led an 80-yard touchdown drive highlighted by his conversion of a third-and-17 following a 15-yard personal-foul penalty against Deuce Lutui. Wilson completed a pass to tight end Anthony McCoy to sustain the drive. The Seahawks scored on a 16-yard touchdown run by Kregg Lumpkin on a play made possible with McCoy's block of a cornerback.
Seattle -- Lumpkin 16 run (Hauschka kick) at 8:38 (Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:22). Seattle 16, Denver 10.
Russell Wilson is taking a pounding, but he's hanging in there, and he just put Seattle ahead 23-10 with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Sutton, though to be fair, Sutton did most of the work on that one.