It may have been only a mid-August exhibition game.
But CenturyLink Field appeared in midseason form at kickoff with nary an empty seat in the house the stands filled by fans eager to get their first in-person look at a Seahawks team generating as much enthusiasm as any in franchise history.
“It felt just like a regular big-time football game to our players’’ said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
The fans got what they came for as the Seahawks used a dizzying array of big plays to blow out the Broncos in the first half and coast to a 40-10 win in front of 67635.
Topping the list of highlights was a 107-yard kickoff return by Jermaine Kearse and a 106-yard return of a fumble by Brandon Browner (each longer than Seattle’s regular-season records).
“I don’t remember a game like that’’ Carroll said.
Browner also forced a fumble as the Seahawks forced three turnovers in the first half helping overcome 209 yards by Denver’s Peyton Manning-led offense.
Offensively the Seahawks rebounded ...