DENVER – A recap of the Seahawks’ 30-10 victory over the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night:
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
The Seahawks defense. From backup strong safety Jeron Johnson, who had an interception and a fumble-forcing hit in the first half; to Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor, who had a game-high six tackles before giving way to Johnson in the second quarter; to the unlikely tandem of 330-pound end Red Bryant and 6-foot-4 linebacker K.J. Wright, who deflected and intercepted a Peyton Manning pass with the Broncos on the Seahawks’ 9-yard line; to rookie defensive lineman Greg Scruggs, who had a fourth-quarter sack.
The Seahawks faced Manning in his Mile High debut and stared down the future Hall of Fame QB.
Three of the Broncos’ six first-half possessions ended in turnovers and another was a three-and-out. In the second half, after Manning and the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense had called it a night, the Broncos’ first three possessions were three-and-outs and they were held to one first down and 37 yards.
You get the picture. As good as rookie QB Russell Wilson was in the second half – again – the defense was even better from start to finish.
“I thought the defense played really well in the first half,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We really were getting after the football. And in the second, our guys didn’t give up anything but one first down and really were able to keep them down in great fashion.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Defense: So many from which to choose. But let’s go with perhaps the most-timely of the turnovers. The Broncos had the ball at the Seahawks’ 9-yard line after blocking a punt. But Bryant got up to deflect a Manning pass and Wright made the interception and a 24-yard return. That led to the first of Steven Hauschka’s three field goals and gave the Seahawks a 3-0 lead.
Offense: Again, Wilson did so many things well. But on a third-and-17 play on the first possession of the second half, he found tight end Anthony McCoy for a 26-yard completion to the Broncos’ 35-yard line. Five plays later, Kregg Lumpkin scored on a 16-yard run and the rout was on.
Special teams: Hauschka’s hat-trick, especially when you consider that last year he kicked the game-winner in overtime here – for the Broncos.
Carroll reported no serious injuries from the game, but several players were not in uniform while watching the game from the sideline – wide receivers Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice and Ben Obomanu, defensive lineman Jason Jones and defensive back Roy Lewis.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We were terrible in that regard. … We have to play penalty free.” – Carroll, on the Seahawks’ seven penalties for 75 yards that included unnecessary-roughness calls against offensive linemen Breno Giacomini and Deuce Lutui