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Broncos 21, Seahawks 16

October 12, 1998


AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) _ John Elway, sidelined for two weeks, hasn’t lost his winning touch. Especially with Terrell Davis on his side.

After turning over the Denver Broncos’ offense to Bubby Brister because of hamstring and back injuries, Elway returned to Denver’s lineup and threw two touchdown passes in a 21-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Elway got a lot of help from Davis, who became the Broncos’ career leader in rushing touchdowns with 44 to give Denver a 21-10 lead on the third play of the fourth quarter with a 2-yard run.

Davis, the NFL’s leading rusher, had his third career 200-yard rushing game. He carried 30 times for 208 yards, while Elway was 13-for-27 for 185 yards and two TDs, with two interceptions.

The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (6-0) beat the Seahawks (3-3) for the fifth straight time and for the 10th time in 12 meetings. Seattle lost its third consecutive game.

But Elway wasn’t perfect, throwing an interception that Seattle turned into a touchdown.

The Seahawks made it interesting in the final quarter after John Friesz replaced Warren Moon, who played with a cracked rib. Friesz passed 50 yards to Mike Pritchard for a touchdown with 10:34 left, and it was hang-on time for the Broncos.

Denver linebacker Glenn Cadrez ended Seattle’s last threat with 1:49 to go when he intercepted a pass by Friesz intended for Joey Galloway on a third-and-9 play at the Denver 27.

Davis followed that up with a 70-yard run to the Seattle 5 with 1:26 left. The Broncos then ran out the clock.

The Seahawks took Moon out of the game and replaced him with Friesz after Denver took a 21-10 lead on Davis’ 2-yard touchdown run with 1:04 gone in the second half.

Friesz drove the Seahawks’ offense to its first touchdown _ and second in three games. He completed a short pass at the 45 to Pritchard, who beat Darrien Gordon and turned the play into his 50-yard touchdown, making the score 21-16.

Following a 15-yard personal foul on Eric Brown of Denver for a hit on Carlester Crumpler, the Seahawks had the ball on the Denver 23. But they had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Todd Peterson with 8:24 to go in the third quarter to cut Denver’s lead to 14-10.

The Broncos led 14-7 at halftime, with Elway passing for his two touchdowns in the opening quarter.

On second-and-1 at the 50, Elway surprised the Seahawks by passing over the middle to Rod Smith, who cut in front of Willie Williams, caught the ball at the 13 and ran into the end zone with 7:22 left in the first period.

With 2:07 remaining, Elway, on first-and-10, passed to Shannon Sharpe in the flat at the 5 and Sharpe tiptoed down the sideline for a 19-yard touchdown that put the Broncos in front 14-0. Denver’s second TD was set up when Gordon returned a punt 36 yards to the 19.

The Seahawks got a touchdown from their defense when linebacker Darrin Smith cut in front of Smith and intercepted a pass by Elway, bringing it back 23 yards with 52 seconds gone in the second quarter.

Moon was 15-for-32 for 154 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

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