A recap of the Seahawks’ 27-13 preseason victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday night at Qwest Field:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Matt Hasselbeck. The painful part was watching the Seahawks’ quarterback get sacked three times. But it’s what Hasselbeck was able to do when given enough time that made a much more positive impression.
He capped a game-opening, eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Deon Butler. He led a textbook two-minute drill to close the half that ended with his 2-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Before he called it a night, Hasselbeck had completed 16 of 23 yards for 171 yards and a 120.0 passer rating.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: The TD pass from Hasselbeck to Butler. The throw was right on Butler, but so was Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman.
“Matt threw a great ball where only I could get to it,” Butler said. “That was a great pass by Matt. Tracking it down, and I caught it, it was an exciting moment.”
Defense: With the Broncos leading 10-7, quarterback Kyle Orton drove them to the Seahawks’ 1-yard line. But on fourth-and-goal, the right-handed Orton was flushed from the pocket and tried to get the ball into the end zone with his left hand. Seahawks cornerback Ken Lucas was there to intercept the ill-advised pass.
“A lot of guys would have just knocked the ball down just to make it an incomplete pass,” Lucas said. “But that was a 19-yard difference between me catching the ball and letting the ball hit the ground. So that was big.”
Special teams: Safety C.J. Wallace used his helmet to separate the ball from Broncos punt returner Kenny McKinley in the third quarter. Linebacker Will Herring recovered the fumble to set up a 52-yard field goal by Brandon Coutu.
“That was very huge,” Wallace said. “Any time special teams can get the offense back on the field, and with good field position, it’s always huge.”
Center Chris Spencer left the game in the second quarter with a bruised thigh and defensive tackle Craig Terrill limped off the field in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury.
Six injured players did not play: tackle Walter Jones (knee), running back Julius Jones (thigh), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back), linebacker Aaron Curry (groin), wide receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring) and offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer (elbow).
Sean Locklear started at left tackle for Jones, with Ray Willis at right tackle for Locklear. T.J. Duckett got the start for Jones, while D.D. Lewis replaced Curry and Butler started for Burleson at split end.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It was a really awesome place to play. It gets really loud. It’s an awesome stadium. It’s really exciting.” – Reed, who followed his sack and an interception debut against the Chargers last week by collecting 1½ sacks and getting his hand on a punt in his first game at Qwest Field