Broncos defeat Seahawks 21 – 16 in preseason opener

Running back Christine Michael #33 of the Seattle Seahawks is pushed over the line for a 1-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Running back Christine Michael #33 of the Seattle Seahawks is pushed over the line for a 1-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER — The Broncos went on to beat the Seahawks 21 – 16 in the team’s first preseason game of the 2014 season.

It wasn’t exactly a Super Bowl rematch Thursday night. As expected, the majority of the game was played by guys fighting for a spot on the final 53-man roster.

Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning only played a few drives each.

Perhaps one of the biggest stories of the night was the weather. The game was delayed for 46-minutes late in the 1st quarter because of a lightning strike in the Denver area.

Once the game got back underway, Wilson went on to complete 4/6 passes for 37 yards.

Later, Terrelle Pryor threw one interception, but managed to complete 9/16 passes for 137 yards. Tarvaris Jackson also saw some game time completing 5/7 passes for 47 yards.

The Seahawks only touchdown came in the 2nd quarter when Christine Michael was pushed into the end zone from the one yard line.

On the other side, Peyton Manning completed 10/13 passes for 78 yards. After Manning came out of the game, Brock Osweiler went 6/12 for 85 yards.

The run game didn’t add up to much for either team — 94 yards for the Hawks and 116 yards for the Broncos.

The Hawks relied on field goals to keep them in the game. Steven Hauschka was 3/3 on field goal attempts — 41 yards, 40 yards and 22 yards.

>> BLOG with stats, updates & commentary from the game:

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Marshawn Lynch among 16 not expected to play tonight in Denver >> http://shwks.com/xb33

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Aaron Levine’s what to watch for in tonight’s Seahawks vs. Broncos game >> http://go.q13fox.com/1ojR3Px

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The Seahawks pregame show is on Q13 FOX now! Tune in.

Game starts in 30 minutes!

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The teams have cleared the field. Football is BACK in 20 minutes — @Seahawks

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Other games already underway:

Colts 10 – Jets 10 @ half

Patriots 0 – Redskins 10 in 2nd quarter

San Francisco 3 – Baltimore 10 in 2nd quarter

Cincinnati 10 – Kansas City 10 in 1st quarter

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5 things to watch for in the Hawks’ first preseason game 

5. How fast is Percy Harvin now that he’s truly healthy? — We got to see doses of Harvin last year. But more than a full year removed from hip surgery, how fast is Percy now that he’s truly healthy? Thursday will be our first chance to get a good look at Harvin’s legs, side-to-side moves and famous sprints. Thursday will also hint at how the Hawks will use him as an everyday member of the offense.

4. Will the new rules on defense affect how the Legion of Boom plays?  — The NFL has made it clear that contact between receivers and defenders before a pass will be called a 5-yard penalty. Defenders won’t be allowed to initiate contact more than five yards from the line of scrimmage when the quarterback is in the pocket.

The rule could change how the Hawks handle their backfield coverage. Thursday will serve as a barometer to see if the Hawks, known for their tough, in-your-face play switch it up at all.

3.  Wide receivers: Who will come out on top? — The competition for wide reciever has grown in recent weeks, especially since the Hawks picked two players — Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood — in the 2014 NFL Draft. With Harvin, Doug Baldwin,  Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson as most likely to make the team, there’s only two spots left for the Hawks, who have never carried more than six receivers into the season. Who will make the other spots is a huge question for the offense?

2. Who will win the backup quarterback position – We all know Russell Wilson will be the Hawks’ main gunslinger for the 2014 season. But with Tarvaris Jackson, Terrelle Pryor and B.J. Daniels all vying to be the team’s back-up, we should see plenty of action from the trio Thursday. Who plays after Wilson may be a good indication of if the Hawks will go with experience (Jackson), versatility (Pryor) or the unknown (Daniels).

1. Who will return the punts? — Now that Golden Tate is gone, one of the biggest offseason questions is who will stand bacj to return a punt. Rumors of Earl Thomas, Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and even Richard Sherman have floated about. Who gets the first punt could be a good hint of who will return them for the bulk of the season, but look for a breakout play late in the game to change the coaches’ minds.

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Omar Bolden back to return for the Broncos. Hauschka starts preseason with a touchback.

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Broncos pick up 15 yards on pass to D. Thomas.

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Broncos forced to punt on first drive of game (5 plays, 17 yards, 2:41). Seahawks take over on offense for first time. 

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First flag of the day: Holding against Broncos.

1st down for Hawks.

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Pass intended for Zach Miller ruled an interception on 3rd & 11. Refs taking a look at replays. It appears the ball hit the ground.

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Ruling on the field reversed — NOT an interception. Hawks get the ball back, but it’s now 4th & long.

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Broncos already have 4 penalties (Hawks only 1). They’ve had the ball for more than five minutes on this drive.

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‘Hands to the face’ is a point of emphasis for NFL referees this year. Expect to see a lot of flags for that.

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Broncos get fifth 1st down of the game. It’s now 1st & goal inside the 10 yard line.

This drive has eaten away the 1st quarter: 7:53, 11 plays for 51 yards.

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Touchdown Broncos (1 yard run) with 1:30 left in the 1st quarter.

Drive: 14 plays, 61 yards, 9:09 (8 total penalties)

Broncos 7, Seahawks 0

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Lightning delay!

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A lightning strike was reported in the Denver area. The game has been suspended until 7:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Lightning caused game delay at 6:43 p.m. Pacific time. Hoping to resume soon.

QB STATS so far:

Peyton Manning: 10/13, 78 yards

Russell Wilson: 0/2, 0 yards

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UPDATE: The players are back on the field after lightning delay! They’ll get 10 minutes to warm up and game will resume around 7:30 p.m.

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Elsewhere around the league:

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The game is back on after a 48-minute lightning delay.

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Seahawks drive now 10 plays, 62 yards, 5:58

FLAG on last play for face-mask. Seahawks get 1st down!

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Hawks have 7 first downs tonight, 4 on penalties.

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Christine Michael with an 8-yard run up the middle. 1st & goal for Seahawks.

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Broncos called for pass interference giving Seahawks a fresh set of downs. 1st & goal. 7:19 to go in 2nd quarter.

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TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS

Michael up the middle on the 1-yard carry!

Seahawks 7 – Broncos 7

Drive: 14 plays, 90 yards, 9:18

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Broncos changing QB for the first time: Peyton Mannaing out, Brock Osweiler in

Career: 13/20 for 107 yards

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Denver MISSES 54-yard field goal.

Seattle 7 – Denver 7 at the 2:00 warning before halftime.

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First half scoring recap:

DEN – Q1: Hilman 1 yard rush on a 14 play, 61 yard drive (9:09)

SEA – Q2: Christine Michael 1 yard rush on a 14 play, 90 yard drive (9:18)

SEA – Q2: Steven Hauschka made 41 yard field goal

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Elsewhere around the NFL:

CIN 39 – KC 41 F

DAL 7 – SD 10 in 2nd quarter

IND 10 – NYJ 13 F

NE 6 – WSH 23 F

SF 3 – BAL 23 F

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QB Tarvaris Jackson sacked for – 10 yards followed by Jon Ryan punt. Broncos take over from their own 43 yard line after 20 yard return by Norwood.

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Broncos back to 1st & 35 after three consecutive penalties.

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FIVE consecutive plays with penalties — 2 against SEA, 3 against DEN

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1st & goal for Denver from the 9 yard line.

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Following the touchdown run, Tharold Simon was ejected for striking another player.

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Broncos’ Mitch Ewald kicks to the end zone. Hawks will start from their own 20. 10:01 left in the 3rd quarter.

SEA 10 – DEN 14

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Terrelle Pryor now in for QB for the Seahawks

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1st down Seahawks after Pryor pass to Paul Richardson for 8 yards. 

First downs so far: SEA 14 – DEN 12

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Terrelle Pryor’s pass to Bryan Walters COMPLETE for 26 yards. 1st & 10 for the Hawks from the 28.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks about his first preseason performance of 2014 against the Broncos in Denver >> http://www.seahawks.com/videos-photos/videos/Russell-Wilson-In-Game-Interview-at-Denver-Broncos/20f9b771-ee5f-4eb2-af51-3005777b6291

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Play reversed after Denver challenged first down ruling. Seahawks forced to punt. Broncos start at their own 5 yard line.

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INTERCEPTION: Osweiler’s deep pass intercepted by Jefferson at Denver’s 35 yard line. Jefferson then ran for 11 yards. Hawks to start on Denver’s 24 yard line.

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Seahawks trail by one heading into the 4th Quarter. 14-13 in Denver.

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Steven Hauschka makes a 22-yard field goal. Hawks take the lead 16 – 14 early in the 4th quarter. Hauschka is 3/3 tonight.

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Osweiler pass deep right to Norwood for 34-yards = touchdown.

Broncos take the lead 21 – 16 in the 4th.

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Pryor finds Ricardo Lockette for a 25 yard gain! 1st & goal for the Hawks from the 7 yard line.

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Pryor’s pass intended for Lockette intercepted by Steven Johnson. Broncos take over.

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