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Game in review: Broncos 21, Seahawks 16

Posted Aug 8, 2014

The Seahawks came up just short in their preseason opener, as the Broncos prevailed 21-16 on Thursday night when Terrelle Pryor’s pass to Ricardo Lockette in the end zone with 2½ minutes to play was intercepted.

DENVER – A recap of the Seahawks’ 21-16 loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in their preseason opener on Thursday night:

PLAYER OF THE GAME: PAUL RICHARDSON

Five targets. Four receptions. Thirty-seven yards. And, more importantly, from two quarterbacks during two scoring drives.

No one was statistically superior in this game, so why not give the nod to the Seahawks’ top draft choice as the rookie wide receiver from the University of Colorado made the most of his opportunities in his homecoming game.

On the drive to a Steven Hauschka field goal at the end of the first half, Richardson caught a 12-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson on second-and-8 and also an 8-yarder on second-and-9. In a third quarter drive to another Hauschka field goal, Richardson caught a 9-yarder from Terrelle Pryor on first-and-10 and then had a drive-sustaining 8-yarder on third-and-4.

PLAYS OF THE GAME: THE GAME-WINNER AND THE GAME-SAVER

Offense: It’s difficult to argue with the game-winner, and that’s what Brock Osweiler’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Norwood with 7½ minutes remaining proved to be. It came on a nice throw by the 6-foot-8 Osweiler and a nice grab by Norwood against Seahawks cornerback Terrell Thomas.

It gave the Broncos a 21-16 lead that held up, because …

Defense: Steven Johnson’s interception at the Broncos’ 2-yard line on a Pryor pass that was intended for Ricardo Lockette in the end zone with 2½ minutes remaining. If Lockette catches the pass, and Pryor doesn’t get hit as he is releasing it, the Seahawks run their franchise-best preseason winning streak to 10 in a row. But Lockette didn’t, Pryor did, and Johnson saved the night for the Broncos.

Special Teams: Hauschka kicked three field goals against the team that released him in 2011. There was a 41-yarder and a 40-yarder, but his 22-yarder in the fourth quarter gave the Seahawks a 16-14 lead. 

INJURY REPORT: A.J. JEFFERSON LEAVES WITH ANKLE INJURY

A.J. Jefferson’s biggest play of the game also was his last. The cornerback injured an ankle while being tackled at the end of his 11-yard interception return that set up Hauschka’s go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter.

Guard C.J. Davis also left the game with a calf injury.

Pro Bowl center Max Unger did not play because of a groin injury and Lemuel Jeanpierre started for him – on a line that also had Alvin Bailey replacing left tackle Russell Okung and Caylin Hauptmann subbing for James Carpenter at left guard.

WORTH NOTING: LIGHTNING STRIKES, AND TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

There was a 45-minute delay in the first quarter when lightning struck within the eight-mile limit around Sports Authority Field. The players returned to their respective locker rooms and then had a brief period to warm-up again after retaking the field.

“I was already out the game,” Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas said. “But I know when I went back out there to try to warm-up I was very tight and cold. So I can imagine how it was for the guys that were still playing.”

The teams combined for 25 penalties – 13 for 131 yards against the Seahawks, 12 for 95 yards against the Broncos.

Twelve Seahawks caught passes from three quarterbacks, but only Richardson, running Christine Michael (three for 12 yards) and Lockette (two for 35) had multiple receptions.

The Seahawks had advantages in total yards (298-274), first downs (22-18) and time of possession (31:19-28:41).

Rookie rush-end Cassius Marsh had the Seahawks’ only sack.

YOU DON’T SAY

“When you have 25 penalties, it's going to be kind of messy. That kind of shrouded the game I think from both sides.” – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll