Peephole perspective: Another interception thrown deep in Broncos’ territory by Matt Hasselbeck. A couple of long scoring drives by the Broncos. Denver, 17-0.
Player of the quarter: Kyle Orton. The Broncos’ QB completed 8 of 11 passes for 115 yards as Denver put together 81- and 91-yard scoring drives in the quarter.
Play of the quarter: With the Seahawks driving and at the Broncos’ 28, FS Brian Dawkins intercepted Matt Hasselbeck’s pass that was intended for TE John Carlson at the Denver 7. The Broncos then drove 91 yards in 16 plays to a field goal.
Stat of the quarter: 4 for 56 yards. Those were the reception totals for Broncos rookie WR Demaryius Thomas in the quarter.
The bigger picture: The Broncos’ drive that started on the last play of first quarter continued, and ended when RB Correll Buckhalter scored on a 1-yard run with 10:30 left. The scored capped a 10-play, 81-yard drive. The big plays were Orton’s 25-yard pass to WR Brandon Lloyd, who got behind CB Kelly Jennings, to the Seahawks’ 48; and a flee-flicker on third-and-5, as RB Knowshon Moreno threw back Orton, who passed for WR Eddie Royal for a 34-yard gain to the Seahawks’ 1. Moreno carried five times for 18 yards.
The Seahawks drove to the Broncos’ 28 on the ensuing series, but Dawkins intercepted Hasselbeck’s pass that was intended for Carlson at the 7. RB Justin Forsett broke a 19-yard run and RB Michael Robinson added a 15-yarder to the 9-play drive. Hasselbeck also had a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1.
The Broncos again capitalized with a 16-play, 91-yard drive to Matt Prater’s 20-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining. Orton was 6 of 7 on the drive, with four of his completions going to Thomas. The Broncos converted three third-down situations – on a 1-yard run by Buckhalter on third-and-1; an 18-yard pass from Orton to Thomas on third-and-14; and a 9-yard pass from Orton to Thomas on third-and-3.