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LB Mike Peterson grabbed the football, took two steps toward the sideline and heaved it as far as he could. His toss fell a few feet short of the stands.

It was the most noticeable thing host Jacksonville did wrong in its season opener.

WR Jimmy Smith caught seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, RB Fred Taylor ran strong in his return from a serious knee injury and the Jaguars beat the Seahawks in draining heat and humidity.

"My gloves were wet, man," said Peterson, trying to explain his wobbly pass intended for friends and family members. "At least I don't have to pay the fine now."

Peterson was the only Jacksonville player feeling he had something left to prove.

Smith, 36, showed he hasn't lost a step. Taylor broke tackles, took hard hits and gained 76 yards despite a bulky brace on his left knee. And quarterback-turned-receiver Matt Jones emerged as a triple threat in Jacksonville's new offense.

The defense returned to form, too.

After giving up consecutive 100-yard rushers to end last season, the unit vowed to not let Shaun Alexander loose. He gained 73 yards on 14 carries.

The defense also intercepted three passes and forced a fumble. Special teams forced a fumble on the opening kickoff that led to a field goal.

"Today wasn't our day, that's for sure," Seattle Coach Mike Holmgren said. "When you play a team like that on the road, you can't turn the ball over. That's an overused term, but it's appropriate today. That was probably the story of the game."

Jacksonville QB Byron Leftwich was sacked three times, but finished 17 of 31 for 252 yards with two touchdowns and looked sharp.


Jacksonville: FG Scobee 23, 11:03.

Jacksonville: FG Scobee 41, 3:49.


Seattle: Jurevicius 33 pass from Hasselbeck (J. Brown kick), 14:52.

Jacksonville: J. Smith 30 pass from Leftwich (Scobee kick), 4:17.

Seattle: Jackson 9 pass from Hasselbeck (J. Brown kick), :47.


Jacksonville: J. Smith 7 pass from Leftwich (Scobee kick), 8:39.


Jacksonville: FG Scobee 29, 4:32.

Jacksonville: FG Scobee 41, 1:55.

Attendance: 65,204.

SeahawksJaguarsFirst Downs 2018Total Net Yards 325362Rushes-Yards 19-9731-119Passing 228243Punt Returns 1-53-24Kickoff Returns 3-813-63Interceptions Ret. 0-03-29Comp-Att-Int 21-37-318-32-0Sacked-Yards Lost 2-183-15Punts 5-46.04-44.0Fumbles-Lost 2-21-0Penalties-Yards 5-296-31Time Of Possession 25:4934:11 RUSHING

Seattle: Alexander 14-73, Hasselbeck 2-16, Morris 2-6, Strong 1-2.

Jacksonville: Taylor 20-76, M. Jones 2-28, Leftwich 4-9, Toefield 4-4, Pearman 1-2.


Seattle: Hasselbeck 21-37-3-246.

Jacksonville: Leftwich 17-31-0-252, M. Jones 1-1-0-6.


Seattle: Engram 8-79, Jackson 6-65, Jurevicius 3-64, Stevens 3-41, Strong 1-(minus 3).

Jacksonville: J. Smith 7-130, Williams 4-41, M. Jones 2-22, Taylor 2-14, Wrighster 1-27, Wilford 1-14, G. Jones 1-10.


Jacksonville: Scobee 43 (WL).