The Seahawks didn’t need long drives to pad their lead to 27-10, as the defense and special teams made plays that provided excellent field position.
They struck quickly after intermission, when Brandon Coutu kicked a 22-yard field goal with 12:44 to play.
The defense set up the score as cornerback Kelly Jennings forced a fumble on Orton’s pass to tight end Tony Scheffler on the second play of the half and safety Jordan Babineaux returned it 20 yards to the Broncos’ 8-yard line.
The Seahawks got the ball back quickly, and again with optimum field position, as the defense forced a three-and-out and rookie defensive end Nick Reed got a hand on Britton Colquitt’s punt that went only 15 yards.
Taking over at the Broncos’ 29, Seneca Wallace scrambled out of the pocket and up the sideline for an 18-yard gain. But it took his 1-yard pass to tight end Joe Newton to give the Seahawks a 24-10 lead.
The next time the Broncos touched the ball, it lasted only seconds as safety C.J. Wallace put his helmet on the ball to force a fumble by punter returner Kenny McKinley that linebacker Will Herring recovered. Coutu cashed in on the big play with 1:52 to play by kicking a 52-yard field. It was Coutu’s 11th consecutive three-pointer over the two preseasons.
- Seahawks 27, Broncos 10
- 12:46 – 22-yard field goal by Brandon Coutu. 4 plays, 4 yards.
- 9:08 – 1-yard pass from Seneca Wallace to Joe Newton. PAT by Coutu. 6 plays, 29 yards.
- 1:52 – 52-yard field goal by Brandon Coutu. 4 plays, 5 yards.
- Time of possession: Seahawks 6:58; Broncos 8:02
- Total rushing yards: Seahawks 35; Broncos 20
- Total passing yards: Seahawks 17; Broncos 39
- Total net yards: Seahawks 52; Broncos 59