Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seahawks' secondary wanted a strong preseason debut to validate the growing sentiment that theirs is perhaps the best unit in the league.
An pick-six on the first play of the game wasn't a bad start – even if there was a bit of luck involved.
Brandon Browner (39) celebrates with teammates after he returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game. (AP)
That gave the Seahawks a 7-0 lead before their offense had touched the field.
"I actually thought it was an incomplete pass," Browner said. "It bounced right into my hands and I just ran it in. It was a pretty easy play."
Richard Sherman, the Seahawks' other oversized cornerback, had one as well. Two possessions after Browner's interception, Sherman picked off an overthrown deep pass from Hasselbeck, out-jumping the intended receiver before coming down with both of his feet in bounds.
The Seahawks pulled most of their defensive starters after that interception.
It was a good start for a secondary that has received plenty of attention following a season of breakout performances. Thomas was a Pro Bowl starter, while Browner and strong safety Kam Chancellor made the NFC squad as injury replacements. Sherman had a strong rookie season that included four interceptions in 10 starts.
"There has been a lot of talk about how good we are, and how we might be overconfident," Thomas said. "We did great tonight, and I am very proud about the work we have been putting in."