Orton continued his hot-handed ways, in part because the Seahawks were able to generate enough pressure on the Broncos’ passer.
Orton smartly moved Denver from its own 13 to the Seahawks’ 1-yard line with less than three minutes left in the half. But the Seahawks got a little bit of luck and a couple of nice plays to prevent the Broncos from scoring.
On second-and-goal, Jabar Gaffney could not hold Orton’s pass in the back of the end zone. On third down, cornerback Josh Wilson tipped away Orton’s pass to Gaffney in the front of the end zone. On fourth down, Orton was flushed and tried to get the ball into the end zone – with an ill-advised, left-handed pass – but cornerback Ken Lucas made the interception.
That set the stage for a precision hurry-up offense display by Hasselbeck and the Seahawks’ offense. Hasselbeck capped the 14-play, 80-yard drive by passing 2 yards to Houshmandzadeh for the TD that gave the Seahawks a 14-10 lead.
On the drive, Hasselbeck and running back Justin Forsett hooked up for a 30-yard gain on third-and-3; Hasselbeck went to Houshmandzadeh for a 13-yard gain on third-and-15 and then to Courtney Taylor for 8 yards on fourth-and-2; Hasselbeck found tight end John Carlson for a 13-yard completion on third-and-6; and it was Hasselbeck-to-Forsett again for an 11-yard gain on third-and-10.
The efficiency of the drive atoned for the line allowing Hasselbeck to be sacked three times in the first half.
Seahawks 14, Broncos 10
- 0:09 – 2-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Houshmandzadeh. PAT by Mare. 14 plays for 80 yards.
- Time of possession: Seahawks 5:36; Broncos 9:24
- Total rushing yards: Seahawks 9; Broncos 7
- Total passing yards: Seahawks 76; Broncos 85
- Total net yards: Seahawks 85; Broncos 97