The Seahawks beat the Raiders in their preseason finale, 20-3 at CenturyLink Field on Friday.

The play of wide receiver Golden Tate stood out.,

That much was evident on Seattle’s first series, which may have ended in points had Tarvaris Jackson not telegraphed a pass to Tate in the end zone. The bad read resulted in an interception near the goal line by Raiders safety Tyvon Branch, a disappointing end to a promising drive that saw the Seahawks offense perhaps at the best they’ve been this season.

 Every other play involving Tate seemed to end positively. He didn’t drop any passes and finished with five catches for 79 yards. Among them was a 43-yard strike from Jackson on the Seahawks’ second series. And Tate’s 43-yard punt return gave the Seahawks a chance to add a field goal just before halftime. They didn’t – Jeff Reed’s 53-yard try was blocked – but Tate certainly took full advantage of the opportunities he was given to redeem himself for some shoddy play earlier in the preseason. If there was any doubt about Tate making the final roster cut, there shouldn’t be now. I even ate a maple bar at halftime in his honor.

– Aside from the interception, Jackson was on-target with his throws. He completed five of seven passes for 88 yards and wasn’t sacked. His only other incompletion was a pass to Doug Baldwin that sailed a bit wide on the Seahawks’ first series, which had an inauspicious beginning as two running plays went nowhere and James Carpenter was whistled for a false start. But Jackson completed a 3rd-and-15 screen pass to Justin Forsett for a 19-yard gain and a first down, allowing the Seahawks to move to Oakland’s 15-yard line before Jackson’s errant throw ended the drive.

Charlie Whitehurst took over after two series, leading a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive capped by Thomas Clayton’s 1-yard scoring run. The highlight was a 33-yard completion to Leon Washington on a 3rd-and-7 from Oakland’s 47-yard line, a pass intended for Tate that was deflected high in the air. Washington snatched the ball on the run and took it up the sideline for a first down. It looked like the Immaculate Reception, in a completely meaningless kind of way.

Seattle rotated offensive linemen in the first half, inserting Breno Giacomini at right tackle, Mike Gibson at center and Paul McQuistan at left guard upon Whitehurst’s entry into the game. Giacomini had been splitting reps with the first-team offense  in practice this week with James Carpenter, who started the game and also saw action in the second half.

The only sack the Seahawks allowed was in the first half, when Whitehurst ran into his own blocker and was pulled down for a three-yard loss. Otherwise, the protection was the best it has been this preseason.