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Game at a glance: Seahawks 31, Chargers 10
SAN DIEGO – A recap of the Seahawks’ 31-10 victory over the Chargers in their preseason opener on Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tarvaris Jackson. The veteran QB didn’t get his chance until the third quarter, after Russell Wilson started
That’s works out to 158.3 passer rating, which definitely works.
Jackson’s best throw was his 42-yard TD pass to Stephen Williams on the first play of the fourth quarter that made it 24-3. But he also had a 6-yard scoring pass to rookie running Derrick Coleman and set up a TD run by rookie Spencer Ware with a 41-yard completion to Williams.
Not bad for a guy whose last extended stint in a game came in the 2011 season finale against the Cardinals – before he didn’t play a snap for the Bills last summer after the Seahawks traded him.
“He’s been doing it all camp,” Wilson said. “He does such an unbelievable job of commanding the huddle, making the right reads, throwing the ball to the right guy.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Williams had the two big catches, both on go-routes. So we let him decided which catch was better.
Offered Wilson, “His size is great and his speed is really something else. It kind of opens your eyes a little bit. He gets down the field so fast. That touchdown he caught, the (defender) was probably 12 yards off and he just caught up to him quickly. And that’s a threat.”
Defense: With the Chargers leading 3-0, and driving again, third-year cornerback Byron Maxwell intercepted a Charlie Whitehurst pass at the Seahawks’ 44-yard line and returned it 28 yards to the Chargers’ 28.
Special teams: In a battle of the punt returners, the nod goes to Walter Thurmond because he had the longest of three long returns – a 46-yarder that setup another special teams play, Carson Wiggs’ 22-yard field goal.
The Seahawks did not sustain any serious injuries, Carroll said. Maxwell got a slight ankle sprain. Defensive lineman Jaye Howard twisted a knee, but was able to return.
YOU DON’T SAY
“He was on it. He threw some great balls. He played great.” – Carroll on Jackson