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Broncos win sloppy preseason finale

SportsLine.com wire reports

DENVER -- The final preseason game was supposed to go a long way in determining who would be Denver's third quarterback.

Instead, it made things harder.

Danny Kanell and Jarious Jackson didn't do anything to distinguish themselves, but Denver got 1-yard touchdown runs from Mike Anderson and Cecil Sapp to beat the Seattle Seahawks 20-3 Friday night in a sloppy preseason finale.

"With the situation with the wind blowing like it was and going against some established people out there, I thought they both played well," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's going to be a tough decision."

Shanahan might have been trying to put a good spin on the situation, but at least both quarterbacks got off to a decent start.

Jackson rushed for 30 yards on three carries his first drive, but it ended in a punt after a sack and two incompletions.

Kanell took over the next series and threw against his body for a 39-yard completion to diving tight end Patrick Hape on his first pass. But he also just missed Nate Jackson in the end zone, forcing the Broncos (3-1) to settle for a 39-yard field goal by Jason Elam.

It didn't get any better from there.

Jackson ended his next drive by throwing a pass that bounced five yards short, while Kanell's next series ended with an interception by Kris Richard at Seattle's 14-yard line.

"I felt kind of like I did last week - that one pass just haunts me," said Kanell, who threw an interception against Indianapolis on Monday. "It'll be a long night."

Both quarterbacks led scoring drives in the third quarter, but each started inside Seattle's 25-yard line because of turnovers. Denver's final points, a 31-yard field goal by Elam in the fourth quarter, was set up by a 61-yard punt return by Frank Rice.

Kanell finished 7-for-15 for 106 yards and had a quarterback rating of 48.9. Jackson was 4-for-13 for 37 yards with a 39.6 rating.

"I just tried to make plays," Jackson said. "Hopefully it will work out."

Seattle had trouble no matter who was playing quarterback.

For the second straight year, the Seahawks' starting offense couldn't muster much against a Denver defense made up mostly of backups.

The Seahawks (2-2) managed just 18 yards on their first two drives and didn't have a first down until Matt Hasselbeck hit Alex Bannister on a 23-yard completion with 55 seconds left in the first quarter.

Seattle finished with just 231 yards, had two turnovers and finished 0-for-11 on third downs.

At least it was better than last year, when the Seahawks had 16 yards and no first downs in the first quarter of a 31-0 loss.

"We wanted to accomplish a little more than we did," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said.

Hasselbeck played three series, leaving early in the second quarter after completing 4-of-5 passes for 44 yards.

He also fumbled a snap on a 25-yard field goal late in the first half, but made up for it a minute later by getting a bad snap down on a 52-yard field goal by Josh Brown as time expired.

"It would have been nice to convert on third down and score more points, but looking back right now there are things on film that we will be able to learn," Hasselbeck said.

Trent Dilfer did a better job of moving Seattle's offense in the first half, setting up two field goal attempts. But Jason Sykes intercepted his third pass of the second and returned it to Seattle's 25-yard line.

Anderson made it 10-3 eight plays later, bulling his way in on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

Dilfer was 10-for-17 for 92 yards.

Sapp's run, which put Denver up 17-3 late in the third quarter, came after Donnie Spragan blocked Mat McBriar's punt and Keith Burns recovered at the Seahawks' 21.


  • Denver opens the regular season at Cincinnati, while the Seahawks play New Orleans.
  • Broncos K Micah Knorr sent the opening kickoff well through the uprights and off the base of the stands.
  • The Broncos placed rookie DT Nick Eason injured reserve Friday due to an Achilles' tendon injury.
  • Seattle FS Damien Robinson played in the preseason for the first time since separating his shoulder Aug. 2.

The Associated Press News Service

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Scoring Summary
FGJason Elam 39 Yd, 1:00. Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards in 4:01.
FGJosh Brown 52 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 2 plays, 21 yards in 0:12.
TDMike Anderson, 1 Yd run (Jason Elam kick is good), 8:33. Drive: 8 plays, 25 yards in 3:30.
TDCecil Sapp, 1 Yd run (Jason Elam kick is good), 3:15. Drive: 5 plays, 21 yards in 2:06.
FGJason Elam 31 Yd, 7:53. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards in 2:02.
T. Dilfer10/179201
M. Hasselbeck4/54400
S. Wallace5/134101
M. Morris72606
K. Carter41707
S. Alexander31307
S. Wallace31108
H. Evans2402
M. Hasselbeck2303
M. Strong1101
A. Bannister571023
D. Dubuc434012
I. Mili217010
T. Wallace21307
K. Carter1909
H. Evans1909
J. Urban1909
K. Robinson1808
M. Morris1505
S. Alexander1202
D. Kanell7/1310601
J. Jackson4/153700
N. Rolovich0/2001
C. Sapp1852114
M. Anderson1139122
J. Jackson330019
M. Jackson31509
N. Rolovich2-20-1
P. Hape255039
A. Madise228017
H. Haygood223014
M. Anderson214012
C. Adams1909
C. Cole1707
C. Sapp1707
Complete Player Stats