Reed, who had a sack and an interception in the opener against the Chargers, continued to be a presence on the Broncos’ drive that spanned the end of the third quarter and the first 3½ minutes of the final quarter.
The rookie from Oregon was penalized for going into the legs of Broncos QB Chris Simms on the first play of the quarter – giving Denver a first down. But before the 13-play, 54-yard drive was over, Reed also teamed with middle linebacker David Hawthorne to stop QB Tom Brandstater for no gain on third down – on a play nullified because fellow defensive end Baraka Atkins was flagged for holding – and later shared a sack with Atkins on another third-down play. The Broncos settled for a 39-yard field goal by Colquitt.
The Seahawks’ backups forced a three-and-out on the Broncos’ next possession, wh ich started with – who else – Reed blowing past tackle Stanley Bryant to drop Brandstater for a 5-yard sack. On the next play, cornerback Travis Fisher stopped Marcus Thomas for no gain.
The final quarter might have been scoreless for the Seahawks, but it was far from pointless. In addition to Reed, Hawthorne and fellow linebacker Will Herring made impressive plays.
Seahawks 27, Broncos 13
- 10:33 – 32-yard field goal by Colquitt. 13 plays, 54 yards
4th Quarter Stats
- Time of possession: Seahawks 6:06; Broncos 8:54
- Total rushing yards: Seahawks 12; Broncos 17
- Total passing yards: Seahawks 9; Broncos -15
- Total net yardage: Seahawks 26; Broncos 15