SAN DIEGO, Cali - A 36-yard field goal from Josh Brown gave Seattle the go-ahead points tonight as the Seahawks beat San Diego, 24-16, in their opening game of the exhibition season. Brown had missed a 41-yard attempt, but got a second chance when the Chargers were penalized for having 12 men on the field.
Third-stringer Marquis Weeks then added a 6-yard scoring run with just under two minutes left for the final score. Seattle's star running back, Shaun Alexander, made only a cameo appearance in the first series of plays. He touched the ball only three times: carrying twice for 4 yards and dropping a pass.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck also played only the opening series, which he finished with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Deion Branch. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace threw a 17-yard touchdown to Ben Obomanu, and was 17-of-25 for 191 yards, with one interception. Defensive end Darryl Tapp had two sacks for the Seahawks.
On San Diego's side of the ball, LaDainian Tomlinson didn't even suit up. The running back who was last season's NFL Most Valuable Player was held out of the game to avoid the risk of injury. The last time he played in an exhibition was in 2005.
The Seahawks' next exibition game will be Saturday night at Green Bay.