Remember the date
Moments in Time are usually saved for Seattle Seahawks regular season and post season games. This week, though, I have a special treat for you all. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are coming to town this week and it always brings us down memory lane when we play our old foes from the AFC West.
One memory in particular is one that is forever etched in my memory. If it isn’t etched in yours yet, I hope to do that right now.
Why? Because last year’s meeting against the Broncos, in week 3 of preseason, became a very important date in Seahawks history.
There was one problem, though…Flynn had to beat out a tenacious rookie who was looking to continue his streak of overcoming, competing and winning.
Seattle started with the ball, but the drive stalled out. Jon Ryan came in to punt the ball away and the punt was blocked. Denver recovered the ball at the 25 yard line and were within striking distance for Manning to do what he does best. K.J. Wright had other plans, though, picking off a pass early in the drive.
The Seahawks marched the ball downfield, but couldn’t hit paydirt. Steven Hauschka made his first appearance of the game, kicking a 43 yard field goal to start the scoring. Seahawks 3, Broncos 0
The Broncos came out firing, driving 80 yards down the field and capping it off with a 1 yard touchdown run by Willis McGahee as the first quarter expired. Seahawks 3, Broncos 7
The Seahawks stalled again when they got the ball, but capitalized when Denver RB Lance Ball fumbled the ball and was recovered by Leroy Hill. After the turnover, Flynn threw a beautiful 56 yard pass to Terrell Owens who dropped it running into the endzone. That lead to another Hauschka field goal, this time from 36 yards. Seahawks 6, Broncos 7
The very next drive for the Broncos didn’t go well as Jeron Johnson picked off a Manning pass and Seattle re-gained the ball. That drive stalled, however, and Hauschka came in to add another field goal, from 43 yards. Seahawks 9, Broncos 7
The Broncos marched again, but stalled out after getting as close as the 6 yard line. They sent Matt Prater out who kicked a 32 yard field goal just before half time. Seahawks 9, Broncos 10
The rookie was finally going to get his chance. After lighting up the 2nd and 3rd string defenses the previous 2 weeks, Russell Wilson was looking to continue his hot streak and possibly earn the starting job. Not only that, but the Broncos disappeared after the first half and didn’t get into the end zone for the rest of the day.
Wilson marched Seattle 80 yards down the field in their opening possession and was capped off by a Kregg Lumpkin rushing touchdown from 16 yards out. Seahawks 16, Broncos 10
Wilson continued to sling the ball well in the 4th quarter, hitting Tyrell Sutton from 34 yards out to extend the lead. Seahawks 23, Broncos 10
In the game’s closing minutes, Wilson hit Cooper Helfet from 8 yards out to finish off the scoring. Seahawks 30, Broncos 10
Russell Wilson had performed so well during his 3 second half opportunities, that Coach Carroll let him start the next week, effectively sealing the fate of the starting QB position in Seattle for years to come. Because of his stellar performance in week 3, Wilson was able to finally earn a chance to start and never let go after that.
Russell Wilson, Seattle – 10/17, 155 yards, 2 TD
Peyton Manning, Denver – 16/23, 177 yards, 2 Int
Tyrell Sutton, Seattle – 4 carries, 49 yards
Willis McGahee, Denver – 8 carries, 28 yards, 1 TD
Jermaine Kearse, Seattle – 1 catch, 37 yards
Brandon Stokley, Denver – 3 catches, 41 yards