Broncos Outlast Flags, Beat Seahawks 21-16

August 8, 2014 5:06 AM

Broncos Outlast Flags, Beat Seahawks 21-16
" DENVER (AP) – The 46-minute lightning delay was one thing. The flurry of flags were quite another.

“It just made the game longer,” Demaryius Thomas said after Denver’s 21-16 preseason win over Seattle on Thursday night. “I guess they’re doing what they got to do.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Broncos 21, Seahawks 16

The Super Bowl teams slogged through a preseason opener delayed as much by those 25 flags as by the lightning that struck within an eight-mile perimeter of Sports Authority Field in the first quarter.

With such fits and starts, neither the Broncos nor the Seahawks looked much like the teams the oddsmakers have pegged for a Super Bowl rematch in the Arizona desert six months from now.

“When you have 25 penalties, it’s going to be kind of messy,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “That kind of shrouded the game I think from both sides.”

In between the weather delay, both starting offenses put together long touchdown drives that ate up more than 9 minutes and were kept alive by a wave of yellow flags.

“It does get frustrating, but you’ve got to know it’s the preseason and they’re practicing too,” Denver defensive tackle Malik Jackson said of the officials "

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