HALFTIME FESTIVITIES As part of the Broncos’ U.S. Military salute, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Silent Drill Platoon performed for fans at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Both teams are still currently in the locker room as the second half kickoff awaits.
Q3 15:00: The Broncos will receive to start the second half. Perrish Cox takes Olindo Mare’s kick about 6 yards deep in the end zone. He makes it out to the 5-yard line before being dragged down. The Broncos offense takes over there with Moreno taking a first down handoff. He picked up 2 yards. On second down, Spencer Larsen hauled in his first catch of the game. The fullback got four more yards, setting up a 3rd-and-3 from their own 12-yard line. Klye Orton hit Brandon Lloyd for a 13-yard gain and a first down to the 25-yard line. On the ensuing first down, Orton went deep for Jabar Gaffney but couldn’t connect. On second down, Orton went down for a 3-yard loss on a sack.
Q3 12:13 On third-and-13, Orton tried to dump a pass off to Buckhalter, but the veteran running back bobbled it and couldn’t haul it in. That set up a Britton Colquitt punt. Golden Tate returned the punt back to the Broncos 22-yard line. It was a 63-yard return of a 63-yard punt. Robert Ayers limped off the field after the play.
Q3 11:51 Taking over with its best starting field position of the game, the Seattle offense began with a run by Justin Forsett. The Broncos defense snuffed it out, stopping Forsett in the backfield. The Seahawks went right back to Forsett, who found a little more room this time, picking up 4 yards. On 3rd-and-8 from the Broncos 20-yard line, Hasselbeck threaded a completion into Deion Branch. The veteran receiver picked up 9 yards and a first down. On first down, Hasselbeck couldn’t connect with John Carlson with Mario Haggan on the coverage. Robert Ayers has returned to action.
Q3 9:47 Hasselbeck hit Ben Obamanu over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown on the following play. Mare’s extra point was good, cutting the Broncos’ lead to 10 points just more than five minutes into the second half.
BRONCOS 17, SEAHAWKS 7
Q3 9:46 After the Seahawks’ first scoring drive, Mare kicked deep to Perrish Cox. This time the kick sailed through the end zone — through the uprights, actually — for a touchback. The Broncos take over from their own 20-yard line.
Q3 9:45 On the ensuing first down, Knowshon Moreno’s carry picked up 4 yards. A pitch to the running back on second down resulted in a yard loss. On third down, Orton took a shotgun snap and misfired for Lloyd but Marcus Trufant was flagged for pass interference, continuing the drive. The penalty went for 14 yards.
Q3 8:15 Buckhalter picked up 2 yards on his first down carry. On second down, Moreno took a screen pass. The running back was trapped by a pair of defenders in the backfield but he stepped around them and was off the races. He was finally pulled down 45 yards down field by Earl Thomas. On first down, Orton hit Royal for 4 yards to the Seattle 12-yard line. Buckhalter’s second down run brought 1 yard. On 3rd-and-5 from the Seattle 11-yard line, Orton took a shotgun snap and hit Daniel Graham off the right side. He was wrestled down at the 1-yard line, setting up 1st-and-goal.
Q3 4:40 Moreno tried the left side on first-and-goal but was stacked up. On second down, he was stopped short again. On third-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line, leaped and fell into the end zone for the touchdown. Prater’s ensuing extra point was good, extending the Broncos lead back to 17 points.
BRONCOS 24, SEAHAWKS 7
Q3 3:31 Matt Prater’s kickoff flew through the end zone for another touchback. The Seahawks start from their own 20-yard line.
Q3 3:30 Hasselbeck started the drive finding Golden Tate down the sideline for a 52-yard reception. The rookie tight roped the sideline and cut back before being brought down by Dawkins. He took a shot at the end zone on the next play, coming up empty. After an incompletion, Hasselbeck and the Seahawks faced 3rd-and-10 from the Broncos 28-yard line. The quarterback hit Forsett with a screen pass. He picked up 8 yards, bringing up 4th-and-2 from the 20-yard line. The Seahawks will go for it. Hasselbeck tried to hit Deion Branch in the back of the end zone on the play, but the receiver couldn’t make the play over Champ Bailey. The Broncos take over at their own 20-yard line.
Q3 1:54 On first down, Orton’s screen pass to Demaryius Thomas lost yards. Moreno’s second down run got back to the original line of scrimmage. Before the third down play, Aaron Curry jumped into the neutral zone for a 5-yard penalty. On third down, Orton hit Thomas for 9 yards and the Broncos 19th first down of the day. The play ended the third quarter.
Q4 15:00 The Broncos began the fourth quarter with a first down at their own 34-yard line. Moreno was stuffed for no gain on the first play of the new quarter. Orton then hit Thomas for 14 yards and another Broncos first down. Correll Buckhalter slammed ahead for 2 yards on the ensuing play. Then Orton scrambled to buy time but could not connect with Thomas. On third down, Orton hit Royal for 10 yards and a first down to the 40 yard line.
*INJURY UPDATE* Broncos cornerback Andre’ Goodman has a thigh injury. His return is questionable.
Q4 11:09 After a pair of short runs, Orton hit Gaffney for 6 yards and a first down to the Seahawks 27-yard line. Buckhalter got the next two carries, picking up 6 yards combined. Before the third down play — which will be the 14th of the drive — the Seahawks called their first time out.
Q4 9:17 Seattle cornerback Kelly Jennings fell down on a deep pass to Demaryius Thomas. The rookie easily hauled in the catch — his eighth of the game — for a 21-yard touchdown. The Broncos now lead 31-7 with 9:11 left in the game. Orton now has 292 passing yards and two touchdowns. Thomas has 97 yards receiving in his Broncos debut.
BRONCOS 31, SEAHAWKS 7
Q4 9:11 Prater nails another touchdown, forcing the Seahawks to start from their own 20-yard line.
Q4 9:10 Leon Washington gets the first down carry for the Seahawks. He picks up 7 yards. On second down, he gets 4 more yards. On third down, Hasselbeck hits Mike Williams for 8 more yards. Then, the quarterback hit Branch for another first down. On the next play, former Bronco Ben Hamilton was flagged for holding. Ben Obamanu found room in the Broncos defense to pick up a 19-yard reception on the next play.
Q4 6:21 The Seahawks continued their impressive no-huddle march with a 22-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Carlson. Rookie Cassius Vaughn brough him down. Two plays later, Hasselbeck finished the drive himself, scrambling 20 yards up the middle for the touchdown. Mare’s extra point cuts the lead to 31-14 with 5:59 left in the game.
BRONCOS 31, SEAHAWKS 14
Q4 5:59 The Seahawks line up for an onside kick. The bouncer skips high and out of bounds. The Broncos will take over at the Seahawks 43-yard line.
Q4 5:58 Knowshon Moreno gets dropped in the backfield on the first play of the next drive. He loses 6 yards. On the next play, Orton hits Brandon Lloyd for 15 yards, setting up 3rd-and-1. Buckhalter gets wrapped up in the backfield on the next play, bringing up 4th-and-4 yards to go from the Seattle 37-yard line. The Broncos call their first timeout before the play.
Q4 3:42 The Broncos send out Britton Colquitt to punt. His kick is faircaught by Golden Tate at the 6-yard line. That’s where the Seahawks will take over.
Q4 3:37 On first down, Hasselbeck looks deep for Tate. The pass sails long with Cassius Vaughn covering. The Seahawks quarterback dumps a pass off to Butler for a 3-yard gain, bringing up third down. Hasselbeck’s third down pass sails incomplete. The Seahawks will punt. Eddie Royal is back deep for the Broncos. His first return attempt of 2010 ends with him being slung back by Ben Obamanu for a loss. The Broncos start at their own 19-yard line after a personal foul penalty on Eric Decker.
Q4 3:15 Moreno tries the right side on first down, picking up a yard. Seattle uses a time out.
Q4 3:11 Orton fires incomplete for Dan Gronkowski. Correll Buckhalter slides forward for a 4-yard gain, bringing up 4th-and-5. The Broncos will punt.
Q4 2:45 Colquitt hits a 53-yard punt and Tate brings it back 19 yards to his own 42-yard line. The Broncos are challenging, hoping the referees decide Tate was touched as he fielded the ball on his knees.
Q4 2:44 The play stands as called. The Broncos are charged a timeout. Leon Washington got the first down handoff. He picked up 3 yards. On second down, Hasselbeck fired incomplete. On third down, the quarterback hit Branch for the first down. That brings up the two-minute warning.
Q4 2:00 On first down from the Broncos 46-yard line, Hasselbeck hit John Carlson for a 4-yard gain. On the next play, Perrish Cox stepped in front of Hasselbeck’s pass for the defense’s third interception of the game. Cox picked up a personal foul for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play, but the Broncos can just take a knee and close out the game.
Q4 1:14 Orton kneels the ball three times to run out the clock and close out the win. The Broncos win their 11th straight home opener and improve to 1-1 on the 2010 season.
BRONCOS 31, SEAHAWKS 14 FINAL