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Game at a glance: Seahawks 41, Chargers 14
A recap of the Seahawks’ 41-14 victory over the San Diego Chargers in their preseason home opener at CenturyLink Field on Friday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME: RUSSELL WILSON
The third-year quarterback led the No. 1 offense on four consecutive scoring drives as the Seahawks jumped to a 24-0 lead in the first half. Wilson ran for two touchdowns and also completed 11 of 13 passes for 121 yards.
“He played really well,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He really made great decisions, moving and getting out, and didn’t let them hit him and all that. I thought Russell was really dialed in. He played really good football.”
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“They’re Super Bowl champs for a reason and they played like it.”
– Chargers free safety Eric Weddle
On the game-opening drive to a 1-yard TD run by running back Robert Turbin, Wilson was 2 of 2 for 19 yards. On the Seahawks’ second possession, which ended with a 38-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka, Wilson also was 2 of 2 for 13 yards and scrambled once for 12 yards. On the second-quarter drive to his first rushing TD, Wilson was 3 of 3 for 51 yards. On his final series, which ended with his second TD run, Wilson was 4 of 6 for 38 yards and ran once for 13 yards.
“I thought offensively, we really clicked,” Wilson said. “We really made a lot of great plays out there.”
And the line of those making great plays formed behind Wilson.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Terrelle Pryor’s 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. It came on a second-and-10 and proved to be second to none on a night when the Seahawks turned in an abundance of big plays.
“They let Terrelle take off and, boy, that was a tremendous play,” Carroll said. “It was a great burst of speed. He made it look awfully easy. To score from 40-something yards out that easily, pretty impressive.”
Defense: Tharold Simon’s 105-yard interception return for a touchdown. OK, it didn’t count because the second-year cornerback was called for illegal contact before making the pick in the end zone. But that doesn’t alter the athleticism he displayed on the play – from start to finish.
“I’ve got to see it again, but I thought it was a perfectly executed two-hand jam,” Carroll said. “It was a great play.”
INJURY REPORT: MICHAEL BENNETT A PRE-GAME SCRATCH
Defensive end Michael Bennett felt tightness in his hamstring during pre-game warmups, so he did not play. That left the defense without four starters, including middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor and strong-side linebacker Bruce Irvin.
Linebacker Horace Miller injured a knee during the game and is scheduled for an MRI. “He got a good twist on his knee,” Carroll said.
Turbin’s game-high 81 rushing yards were three more than the Chargers generated, and part of the Seahawks’ 243-yard rushing performance.
The Seahawks’ middle linebackers combined for 13 tackles – seven for Coyle and six for Heath Farwell.
O’Brien Schofield had one of the Seahawks’ five sacks, as well as four QB hits.
The Seahawks had 10 players catch passes, but only two had more than one reception – Percy Harvin (four for 31 yards) and tight end Luke Willson (two for 27).
The Seahawks and Chargers ran the same number of plays (57), but the Seahawks averaged 7.1 yards and the Chargers 4.2.
After being penalized 13 times for 131 yards in their preseason opener against the Broncos last week, the Seahawks had eight penalties for 48 yards against the Chargers.
Fans attending the game donated $81,482 to benefit relief efforts for the Washington wildfires and the Oso mudslide victims.