Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

SEA
24
DEN
27
FINAL
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SEA 737724
DEN 7103727

Game Information
Location: Broncos Stadium at Mile High Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 76,761

DENVER (AP) Case Keenum won his Denver debut despite throwing three interceptions to go with his three touchdowns.

He can thank Von Miller , who sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the Broncos held off the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 on Sunday to win for the 18th time in their past 19 home openers.

Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million prove-it deal in Denver six months ago after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game, normally spends his time between series with his head down but he kept looking up to watch Miller's magic.

"I'm trying to stay focused on looking at the pictures, getting ready for my next series. "But it's hard not to notice when the crowd's going crazy and Von's out there crawling or whatever he's doing, whatever his sack dance is," Keenum said. "That's impressive to watch.

"I'm glad I'm on the sidelines when he's on the field, that's for sure."

Wilson wasn't so lucky.

"We played a really tough defense, one of the best defenses you're going to face all year. Obviously Von is a great player and he made some key plays," Wilson said.

Miller, whose best play came when he simply snatched the ball from running back Chris Carson's arms, said recently that he hates facing Wilson, whom he considers the best quarterback in the game today.

"I still don't like playing against Russell, I mean, running around out there 20 yards, getting everybody tired," Miller said. "Luckily, we were able to get him before he could get started. That was in our scheme this week, we wanted to keep him in the pocket and (make) him beat us with his arm, which he's capable of doing. But we'd rather pick that poison and that strategy worked."

Wilson threw for 298 yards and three TDs, but was picked off twice and sacked six times and ran just twice for 5 yards.

"He got out of the pocket a couple of times, but that's Russ," Miller said. "He's a great player. He's going to get out of the pocket, but we kept some of the great plays to a minimum."

Keenum, who threw for 329 yards, only threw seven interceptions last season and already he has three.

"I'm really excited about how good this football team can be," Keenum said. "Because if we take care of the ball - if I take care of the ball, because those are all on me - we're going to be really, really hard to beat."

SPUTTERING SEAHAWKS

After Demaryius Thomas atoned for several early hiccups by scoring the go-ahead TD with 11:11 left, the Seahawks gained just 3 yards in their final three possessions, the last one ending with Adam Jones' interception at midfield with no time left.

"It's frustrating," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "Third downs we were lousy (2 for 12) and we didn't run the ball as well as we wanted (64 yards) and we got sacked a bunch of times. It was not a very clean game for us."

Wilson put the Seahawks ahead 24-20 when he found Tyler Lockett all alone for a 51-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.

HOMECOMING KING

Brandon Marshall's 20-yard TD catch for Seattle tied it at 17 and came against the team he started his career with back in 2006.

NO DOUBTING THOMAS

One of Keenum's interceptions came when Demaryius Thomas, who also had three passes go off his hands and was whistled for a holding call that negated a first-down run, never looked back and safety Earl Thomas snared it in his first game since ending his holdout Wednesday.

"I thought I had a pick-6," said Thomas, who was caught at the 15-yard line by Broncos speedy running back Phillip Lindsay.

No matter: Six seconds later, rookie tight end Will Dissly blew past rookie linebacker Bradley Chubb and hauled in the 15-yard TD pass.

"Just glad to get through the first game and get that out of the way," said Earl Thomas, who returned to the team after his pay-me-or-trade-me demands went nowhere.

SOMERSAULT CELEBRATION

Denver took a 14-10 lead when Emmanuel Sanders somersaulted into the end zone with a 43-yard score. That was his first touchdown since Week 2 of last season.

"It was good to get back in the end zone so I decided to bust out the flip," Sanders said. "It felt good."

TWIN TROUBLE

Shaquill Griffin's twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, started the game with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. It's another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin , who had his left hand amputated as a child.

The Griffins had back-to-back tackles on Seattle's second defensive series.

INJURIES: The only injury of note from either team was Seattle WR Doug Baldwin (right MCL sprain).

UP NEXT:

Seahawks: Visit Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Broncos: Host Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Broncos
09:04 Will Dissly 15 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Sebastian Janikowski kick) 7 0
06:10 Phillip Lindsay 29 yd pass from Case Keenum (Brandon McManus kick) 7 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Broncos
13:59 Sebastian Janikowski 35 yd FG 10 7
10:29 Emmanuel Sanders 43 yd pass from Case Keenum (Brandon McManus kick) 10 14
05:25 Brandon McManus 51 yd FG 10 17

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Broncos
06:02 Brandon Marshall 20 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Sebastian Janikowski kick) 17 17
02:01 Brandon McManus 53 yd FG 17 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Seahawks Broncos
14:46 Tyler Lockett 51 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Sebastian Janikowski kick) 24 20
11:11 Demaryius Thomas 4 yd pass from Case Keenum (Brandon McManus kick) 24 27

Team Stats
  Seattle Denver
1st Downs 13 25
Total Yards 306 470
Passing 242 324
Passing Completions/Attempts 19-33 25-39
Yards/Pass 6.2 8.1
Rushing 64 146
Rushing Attempts 16 32
Yards/Rush 4.0 4.6
Turnovers 3 3
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 3
Possession 24:52 35:08

Seattle Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Russell Wilson 19 33 298 9.0 3 2

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Case Keenum 25 39 329 8.4 3 3

Seattle Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Chris Carson 7 51 7.3 0 24
Rashaad Penny 7 8 1.1 0 5
Russell Wilson 2 5 2.5 0 5

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Phillip Lindsay 15 71 4.7 0 14
Royce Freeman 15 71 4.7 0 17
Devontae Booker 2 4 2.0 0 2

Seattle Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Will Dissly 3 105 35.0 1 66
Tyler Lockett 3 59 19.7 1 51
Brandon Marshall 3 46 15.3 1 20
Rashaad Penny 4 35 8.8 0 15
Chris Carson 3 28 9.3 0 14
Nick Vannett 1 11 11.0 0 11
Jaron Brown 1 7 7.0 0 7
Tre Madden 1 7 7.0 0 7
Doug Baldwin 0 0 0.0 0
David Moore 0 0 0.0 0

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Emmanuel Sanders 10 135 13.5 1 43
Demaryius Thomas 6 63 10.5 1 23
Courtland Sutton 2 45 22.5 0 25
Phillip Lindsay 2 31 15.5 1 29
Jake Butt 2 29 14.5 0 22
Jeff Heuerman 1 15 15.0 0 15
Devontae Booker 2 11 5.5 0 7
Matt LaCosse 0 0 0.0 0
Tim Patrick 0 0 0.0 0

Seattle Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Tre Flowers 7 1 0 0
Shaquill Griffin 6 0 0 0
Jarran Reed 5 0 0 0
Austin Calitro 4 0 0 0
Bradley McDougald 4 0 0 0
Bobby Wagner 4 1 0 0
Shaquem Griffin 3 0 0 0
Earl Thomas III 3 2 0 0
Tedric Thompson 3 1 0 0
Quinton Jefferson 2 1 0 0
Barkevious Mingo 2 1 0 0
Frank Clark 1 0 1 5
Justin Coleman 1 0 0 0
Rasheem Green 1 0 0 0
Delano Hill 1 0 0 0
Tom Johnson 1 0 0 0
Dion Jordan 1 0 0 0
Shamar Stephen 1 0 0 0
Akeem King 0 0 0 0
Tyler Lockett 0 0 0 0
Tre Madden 0 0 0 0
Brandon Marshall 0 0 0 0

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Todd Davis 8 0 0 0
Von Miller 6 1 3 19
Brandon Marshall 3 3 0 0
Justin Simmons 3 1 0 0
Shaquil Barrett 2 0 1 22
Adam Jones 2 0 0 0
Bradley Roby 2 0 0 0
Chris Harris Jr. 1 1 1 9
Bradley Chubb 1 2 0.5 3
Shelby Harris 1 0 0 0
Will Parks 1 1 0 0
Shane Ray 1 0 0 0
Derek Wolfe 1 0 0 0
Darian Stewart 0 3 0.5 3
Jake Butt 0 0 0 0
Adam Gotsis 0 0 0 0
Andy Janovich 0 0 0 0
Joseph Jones 0 0 0 0
Phillip Lindsay 0 0 0 0
Matt Paradis 0 0 0 0
Tim Patrick 0 0 0 0
Domata Peko 0 2 0 0

Seattle Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Bradley McDougald 2 39 0
Earl Thomas III 1 25 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Adam Jones 1 0 0
Justin Simmons 1 0 0

Seattle Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Lockett 2 39 19.5 0 30

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Seattle Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tyler Lockett 3 11 3.7 0 9

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adam Jones 2 9 4.5 0 9

Seattle Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Sebastian Janikowski 1 2 50.0 35

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 2 2 100.0 53

Seattle Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Michael Dickson 6 354 69

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Marquette King 6 267 53