Seahawks 23, Broncos 20
Sunday, December 3rd 2006, 10:50 pm
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DENVER (AP) Josh Brown tied an NFL single-season record with his fourth winning field goal in the final minute, nailing a 50-yarder with 4 seconds left to give the Seattle Seahawks a 23-20 win over the stumbling Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
Rookie defensive lineman Darryl Tapp returned Jay Cutler's first interception 25 yards for a touchdown and the Seahawks (8-4) took advantage of 5 turnovers to send the Broncos (7-5) to their third straight loss.
Seattle started its winning drive from its 14 with 2:31 left after the Broncos had tied it at 20 on Cutler's 71-yard touchdown toss to fellow rookie Brandon Marshall, who broke 3 tackles on the play.
On 3rd & 4 from his 20-yard line, Matt Hasselbeck found Nate Burleson for 16 yards. Brown, who missed from 40 and 53 yards in the 1st half but was good from 44, 23 in the 4th quarter, soon won it from 50 yards.
Cutler, the last of the "Big 3" quarterbacks from the 2006 draft class to make his debut, met the same fate as Vince Young and Matt Leinart, a loss.
He looked like a raw rookie for most of the night, but did show flashes of brilliance, such as his touchdown pass to Marshall.
Denver lost middle linebacker Al Wilson to a sprained neck in the 4th quarter, Wilson was carted off the field, and kicker Jason Elam appeared to hurt his left leg on a fake field goal run just before halftime.