Final

Seahawks 16

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Broncos 21

(1-0, 1-0 home)

9:00 PM ET, August 7, 2014

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 0 10 3 316
DEN 7 0 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: T. Pryor (SEA) - 137 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Thompson (DEN) - 6 CAR, 59 YDS

Receiving: D. Thomas (DEN) - 5 REC, 52 YDS

Steven Jackson's end-zone INT caps Broncos' victory over Seahawks

Associated Press

DENVER -- The 46-minute lightning delay was one thing. The flurry of flags were quite another.

"It just made the game longer," Demaryius Thomas said after Denver's 21-16 preseason win over Seattle on Thursday night. "I guess they're doing what they got to do."

The Super Bowl teams slogged through a preseason opener delayed as much by those 25 flags as by the lightning that struck within an eight-mile perimeter of Sports Authority Field in the first quarter.

With such fits and starts, neither the Broncos nor the Seahawks looked much like the teams the oddsmakers have pegged for a Super Bowl rematch in the Arizona desert six months from now.

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

In between the weather delay, both starting offenses put together long touchdown drives that ate up more than 9 minutes and were kept alive by a wave of yellow flags.

"It does get frustrating, but you've got to know it's the preseason and they're practicing too," Denver defensive tackle Malik Jackson said of the officials. "The regular season is when it really counts and I think we would be more upset. But right now we understand they've got to work, too."

The flags disrupted the flow of the game from start to finish.

"It was just out of rhythm, a real sloppy, choppy game," Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said.

"Yeah, I think it is disruptive, but we kind of had a feeling that type of game was coming," Broncos coach John Fox said in reference to the league's renewed emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding. "We'll look at the plays on tape and any questions we have, as normal, we will send to the league. That is an area we've got to look at and make sure we're adjusting."

Ronnie Hillman's 1-yard TD run capped Denver's 14-play, 61-yard drive in which Peyton Manning completed 9 of 11 passes for 63 yards and the officials threw six flags, including one for offsetting penalties.

"An 18-play drive in the preseason, I've never had anything like that," said Manning, who included the infractions. "I know the coaches are going to be pleased. That's a lot of plays to learn from on the film.

"The only thing I can say is it's good we overcame some things," Manning said. "The flags were out tonight, that was clear. The fact we were able to overcome some penalties and still get a touchdown drive, that's something. I always talk about getting in situations to occur in the preseason that are something you want to be able to overcome in the regular season. You have a penalty, hey it's bad but let's try to find a way to overcome it."

Denver drew a dozen flags, Seattle a baker's dozen.

The step-offs totaled 226 yards.

There was even a flag thrown on the ensuing touchback following Hillman's score when Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was whistled for taunting. Lane also was whistled for a 31-yard pass interference on first-and-35 play in the second half during a moan-inducing sequence in which penalties were called on five consecutive snaps.

After retreating to their locker rooms with 1:30 left in the first quarter, both teams sent their starters back onto the field when play resumed.

The penalties continued, too.

Seattle's 14-play, 90-yard drive that ate up 9:18 was kept alive by four defensive infractions, including a debatable pass interference call on linebacker Danny Trevathan that preceded Christine Michael's 1-yard run against a mix of starters and backups that tied it at 7.

Steven Hauschka's three field goals included a 22-yarder that gave Seattle a 16-14 lead with 11:22 remaining before Brock Osweiler's 34-yard strike to Jordan Norwood decided it.

"That's been my go-to guy all camp," said Osweiler.

Manning finished 10 of 13 for 78 yards with no sacks. Russell Wilson was 4 of 6 for 37 yards for Seattle and was sacked by DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ford, two thumpers Denver GM John Elway signed in the wake of Seattle's 43-8 thrashing of the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

"When we see them in the regular season (Sept. 21), it's going to be a battle and we're looking forward to it and they're looking forward to it, too," Wilson said.

Game notes


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson sustained a concussion. ... RG J.R. Sweezy was the only starter along Seattle's O-line. ...Seahawks CB A.J. Jefferson re-sprained an ankle and G C.J. Davis sprained a calf. .. In the Seahawks' backup QB battle, Tarvaris Jackson was 5-of-7 for 47 yards with a sack, and Pryor was 9-of-16 for 137 yards and an INT by LB Steven Johnson with 2:35 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
DEN
1st Downs2218
Passing 1st downs
108
Rushing 1st downs
68
1st downs from penalties
62
3rd down efficiency
3-118-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6152
Total Yards298274
Yards per play4.95.3
Total Drives89
Passing204158
Comp-Att
18-2916-25
Yards per pass
6.46.1
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-171-5
Rushing94116
Rushing Attempts
2926
Yards per rush
3.24.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-2
Penalties13-13112-95
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:1928:41

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pryor9/161378.6010-0
Jackson5/7476.7001-10
DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Osweiler6/12857.1111-5
Manning10/13786.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Pryor7284.009
Bronson5224.405
DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson6599.8020
Bibbs4184.5114

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson4379.3012
Lockette23517.5025
DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas55210.4015
Norwood35117.0134

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEADEN
denTD1:30Ronnie Hillman 1 Yd Run (Matt Prater Kick)
Drive info: 14 plays, 61 yds, 9:09
07
SECOND QUARTERSEADEN
seaTD7:12Christine Michael 1 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 14 plays, 90 yds, 9:18
77
seaFG0:07Steven Hauschka 41 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 33 yds, 2:42
107
THIRD QUARTERSEADEN
denTD10:01Kapri Bibbs 3 Yd Run (Mitch Ewald Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yds, 3:21
1014
seaFG4:50Steven Hauschka 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 58 yds, 5:11
1314
FOURTH QUARTERSEADEN
seaFG11:22Steven Hauschka 22 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 3:38
1614
denTD7:22Jordan Norwood 34 Yd pass from Brock Osweiler (Mitch Ewald Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:00
1621