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Elway returns, leads Denver to 21-16 win over Seattle

The Associated Press

SEATTLE -- John Elway was getting antsy standing on the sidelines. He couldn't wait for Sunday's game to start.

I was tired of sitting and watching. I wanted to get in there, said Elway, who returned to Denver's lineup after a two-week absence and passed for two touchdowns in a 21-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Elway, 38, showed he hasn't lost his winning touch, helping the defending Super Bowl champions to their 11th straight win over two seasons. Especially with Terrell Davis, who had his third career 200-yard rushing game, on his side.

I felt good, said Elway, who had to turn over the Broncos' offense because of hamstring and back injuries.

He looked good, said Shannon Sharpe, who caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Elway in the opening quarter.

Elway got a lot of help from Davis, who became the Broncos' career leader in rushing touchdowns with 44 to give Denver a 21-10 lead on the third play of the fourth quarter with a 2-yard run.

Davis, the NFL's leading rusher, carried 30 times for 208 yards, while Elway was 13-for-27 for 185 yards and two TDs, with two interceptions.

He's the best running back in the league, Elway said. He can do more than just run it. He can block and catch, too.

The Broncos (6-0) beat the Seahawks (3-3) for the fifth straight time and for the 10th time in 12 meetings. Seattle lost its third consecutive game.

How's my psyche? said Seattle coach Dennis Erickson, who is under pressure to get his team into the playoffs this season. That thing really stung. It's very disappointing.

But Elway wasn't perfect, throwing an interception that Seattle turned into a touchdown.

The Seahawks made it interesting in the final quarter after John Friesz replaced Warren Moon, who finally succumbed to the pain of a cracked rib suffered last week. Friesz passed 50 yards to Mike Pritchard for a touchdown with 10:34 left, and it was hang-on time for the Broncos.

We finally had to play for 60 minutes this season, said Sharpe, whose team won their first five games by an average of 17.8 points.

Denver linebacker Glenn Cadrez ended Seattle's last threat with 1:49 to go when he intercepted a pass by Friesz intended for Joey Galloway on a third-and-9 play at the Denver 27.

My eyes were upfield, I saw Joey beating his guy, but I didn't see him (Cadrez), Friesz said.

Davis followed that up with a 70-yard run to the Seattle 5 with 1:26 left. The Broncos then ran out the clock.

Moon took himself out of the game because he took a hit on his injured rib when he was sacked late in the first half.

I was stiffening up and the pain just got to be too bad, Moon said.

The Seahawks replaced Moon with Friesz after Denver took a 21-10 lead on Davis' 2-yard touchdown run with 1:04 gone in the second half.

Maybe I waited too long to come out, Moon said. I just didn't have enough on my throws.

Friesz drove the Seahawks to their first touchdown -- and second in three games. He completed a short pass at the 45 to Pritchard, who beat Darrien Gordon and turned the play into a 50-yard touchdown, making the score 21-16.

The Seahawks had a chance to tie the score on their first drive of the second half, getting to the Denver 4. But they had to settle for Todd Peterson's 23-yard field goal to cut Denver's lead to 14-10.

The Broncos led 14-7 at halftime, with Elway passing for his two touchdowns in the opening quarter; a 50-yarder to Smith and the 19-yarder to Sharpe. Denver's second TD was set up when Gordon returned a punt 36 yards to the 19.

The Seahawks got a touchdown from their defense when linebacker Darrin Smith cut in front of Rod Smith and intercepted a pass by Elway, bringing it back 23 yards with 52 seconds gone in the second quarter.

Rod Smith caught eight passes for 136 yards, both career bests.

Moon was 15-for-32 for 154 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, while Friesz was 6-for-8 for 109 yards for one TD and one interception.

Notes: Davis had his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game and the 25th of his career. ... It was Davis' second best rushing game ever. He had 215 yards rushing on 27 carries against Cincinnati on Sept. 21, 1997, a 38-20 win by the Broncos. ... Davis' rushing total after six games is 865 yards. He's on a pace to run for 2,306, which would be an NFL record. Eric Dickerson holds the record with 2,105 yards set for the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. Davis' career best single-season rushing mark is 1,750 that he did last season.

... Davis broke Floyd Little's Denver rushing record of 43 touchdowns set from 1967 to 1975. ... The Broncos have outscored teams 87-7 in the opening quarter this season. ... The Seahawks, who led the league coming into the game with 25 sacks, had three sacks as did the Broncos.