A quick recap of the Seahawks’ 20-18 victory over the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on Saturday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Charlie Whitehurst. So that’s why the Seahawks’ made the offseason trade to acquire the little-used quarterback from the San Diego Chargers.
After taking over for starter Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter, Whitehurst rallied the offense by completing 14 of 22 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. He checked to the pass that resulted in a 51-yard touchdown play to wide receiver Mike Williams. He later passed to rookie tight end Anthony McCoy for a 4-yard TD.
“Give John the credit,” coach Pete Carroll said of general manager John Schneider, who orchestrated the deal that brought Whitehurst to the Seahawks. “John saw this thing from way back – really, when he saw Charlie as a junior workout out of Clemson with a senior (before) the draft.
“He caught his eye then, and he was right about him. He’s a really good football player and Charlie is really going to help us.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: The 51-yard pass play from Whitehurst to Williams. It gave the Seahawks their first lead, 10-7, and one that would hold up.
Seeing that the Titans were blitzing, and leaving Williams in single coverage, Whitehurst checked to a quick throw to Williams, who caught the pass and spun around cornerback Ryan Mouton to turn the short pass into a long scoring play.
“It’s one thing to sit in a meeting room and know what the audible needs to be,” Hasselbeck said. “It’s another thing to get the other 10 guys to do it. I thought he showed definite command of the situation.
“It was just a perfectly executed play.”
Defense: The Titans had one last chance to drive to a game-winning field goal, until rookie safety Kam Chancellor intercepted a Rusty Smith pass with 25 seconds to play.
“I think they threw the ball right to him, to tell you the truth,” Carroll said. “We were pretty fortunate on that one. Sometimes you have to get a little lucky. It was still a big play for Kam.”
Offered Chancellor, “I mean everybody wants that big play and it just came to me and it felt good.”
Special teams: Facing a third-and-3 situation from their own 35, and in punt formation, the Titans converted as punter Brett Kern passed to Ahmard Hall for 16 yards.
As Carroll put it, “We got out pretty clean as far as the injury situation.”
Titans coach Jeff Fisher couldn’t say that. Running back Stafon Johnson dislocated an ankle.
“It was just so sorry to see Stafon get hurt,” Carroll said. “This was a guy that had to undergo so much physical pressure and mental pressure – the stuff he went through and to have a serious injury again right now.
“I’m just felt so sick for him. … We’ll be pulling for him to get well right away.”
Seven injured players were not in uniform for the Seahawks: linebackers Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill and Joe Pawelek, offensive linemen Chester Pitts and Mike Gibson, defensive lineman Lawrence Jackson and cornerback Josh Pinkard.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s nice to go out there and play well. But again, it’s the first preseason game. You’ve got three more preseason games. We’ve got a long season. We’d like to go out and play well every time. It’s nice it was the first one, but it doesn’t mean all that much.”