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Broncos-Seahawks Flashback: 1985

Posted Nov 30, 2006

This week the flashback takes us back to the days of Members Only jackets, parachute pants and Harold Faltermeyer -- and a Broncos win over the then division-rival Seattle Seahawks.

Sammy Winder
Sammy Winder scored the Broncos' only touchdown in a 1985 win over Seattle. PHOTO: DENVER BRONCOS ARCHIVES
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Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Oct. 20, 1985
Mile High Stadium
Weather: Sunny, 67 degrees

DENVER -- The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks entered a Week 7 duel 21 years ago with identical 4-2 records.  They were evenly matched on paper -- and, as it turned out, on the field, as the clubs grappled into overtime before the Broncos escaped with a 13-10 win.

Denver began the afternoon with the ball and quarterback John Elway went right to work. Two passes of 13 yards apiece helped Denver move into Seahawks territory.

But after a failed halfback pass, Denver went back to the more conventional use of a running back, handing it to Sammy Winder, who burst off the right side for 36-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Broncos lead.

Seattle then began its own offensive charge on the ground with running back Curt Warner. Five carries vaulted Seattle to midfield, but they could go no further and Dave Finzer punted.  The teams would then swap three-and-outs for much of the first quarter -- one that saw Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg fail to complete a pass.

Denver's defense continued its pressure into the second quarter, highlighted by a key third-down sack by Rulon Jones that forced a punt and solid field position for the Broncos at their own 37.

Elway converted two third-and-long situations on the drive with passes of 11 and 14 yards to Gerald Willhite. Winder then converted on fourth-and-inches, giving Denver an opportunity from the Seattle 14. The Broncos would settle for a Rich Karlis field-goal attempt that Jeff Bryant blocked.

Krieg finally completed his first pass of the contest with eight minutes remaining in the half, but Rubin Carter got to Krieg for a subsequent sack, and two plays later, Finzer punted.

Four consecutive Elway passes on the subsequent drive moved Denver into Seattle territory, and four straight runs pushed the Broncos into field-goal range, but the drive did not turn into points, as Karlis missed from 52 yards out with 36 seconds remaining.

Not content to meekly take a knee before halftime, Krieg promptly fired a 26-yard strike to wide receiver Paul Skansi.  But the 'Hawks went no further; two incompletions and a fumbled snap followed.  Barney Chavous recovered the loose football for the Broncos with 15 seconds left in the half, giving Denver one more chance, but after three Elway completions, Karlis missed from 56 yards away as time expired, and the half ended with Denver in front 7-0.

Krieg opened the second half with a completion to Warner, but safety Dennis Smith rushed up on the receiver and knocked the ball loose. Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg came up with the recovery, but Denver was unable to capitalize and was forced to punt from the Seattle 32.

The defense got the ball right back when safety Tony Lilly read a deep crossing route and plucked a Krieg pass out of the air. Karlis then knocked in his first field goal of the day from 45 yards OUT to give Denver a 10-0 lead.

The teams traded punts before Seattle again put together a drive deep into Denver territory. A 9-yard touchdown catch by Steve Largent cut Denver's lead to 10-7 in the third quarter.

The third quarter ended with no other scores and a Norm Johnson field goal from 39 yards tied the game at 10 in the final minutes. The teams would duke it out into overtime.

Overtime consisted of much of the same from both offenses -- three-and-outs.

On Seattle's third possession of the extra period, Krieg threw his third interception, this one to Daniel Hunter. His 20-yard return put Denver at the Seattle 15 and, after three straight runs, Karlis trotted onto the field for a game-winning 24-yard field goal.



WR -- 30 Steve Sewell
LT -- 63 Mark Cooper
LG -- 54 Keith Bishop
C -- 64 Billy Bryan
RG -- 60 Paul Howard
RT -- 76 Ken Lanier
TE -- 88 Clarence Kay
WR -- 81 Steve Watson
QB -- 7 John Elway
RB -- 23 Sammy Winder
TE -- 85 Mike Barber

LE -- 79 Barney Chavous
NT -- 68 Rubin Carter
RE -- 75 Rulon Jones
LOLB -- 50 Jim Ryan
LILB -- 77 Karl Mecklenburg
RILB -- 58 Steve Busick
ROLB -- 52 Ken Woodard
LCB -- 20 Louis Wright
FS -- 22 Tony Lilly
SS -- 49 Dennis Smith
RCB -- 31 Mike Harden


WR -- 85 Dan Ross
LT -- 64 Ron Essink
LG -- 65 Edwin Bailey
C -- 59 Blain Bush
RG -- 71 Bryan Millard
RT -- 76 Jon Borchardt
TE -- 87 Charle Young
WR -- 80 Steve Largent
QB -- 17 Dave Krieg
RB -- 28 Curt Warner
RB -- 46 David Hughes

LE -- 79 Jacob Green
NT -- 72 Joe Nash
RE -- 77 Jeff Bryant
LOLB -- 58 Bruce Sholtz
LILB -- 50 Fred Young
RILB -- 53 Keith Butler
ROLB -- 55 Michael Jackson
LCB -- 20 Terry Taylor
RCB -- 22 Dave Brown
SS -- 45 Kenny Easley
FS -- 44 John Harris


DENVER Sammy Winder, 36-yard run (Rich Karlis kick) 7-0
DENVER Rich Karlis, 45-yard field goal 10-0
SEATTLE Steve Largent, 9-yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick) 10-7
SEATTLE Norm Johnson, 39-yard field goal 10-10
DENVER Rich Karlis, 24-yard field goal 13-10

Total Net Yards 249 246
Net Rushing Yards 172 103
Net Passing Yards 77 143
Total First Downs 17 14
Third Down Efficiency 3-16-19% 5-21-24%