The early story in the Seahawks' first preseason game of the 2012 season was not technically a Seahawk. At least not anymore.
Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck took the field to a rousing ovation. Then, on his first play from scrimmage, had a pass tipped, bobbled, and eventually intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner.
The play was predictive of a game that wound up featuring five turnovers, including interceptions thrown by both Seahawks quarterbacks, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, plus another by Hasselbeck for good measure. But Seattle's stifling first half defense was enough to give them a 10-3 lead at halftime.
Wilson, a rookie competing with Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job, connected with new Seahawk receiver Braylon Edwards on a 39-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter that put Seattle ahead 17-3.
However, the Titans stormed back to tie it up thanks to Darius Reynaud, who scored on a 21-yard run, then an 85-yard kick return.
Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka put the Seahawks up 20-17 with a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, and that was enough. But with 1:51 left, Wilson took a designed run play 31 yards to give the Seahawks a 10-point lead.
For a rookie competing for a starting job, it was an auspicious debut for Wilson.
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