A strong opening in the first half and a big play at the right time in the second half helped the Seattle Seahawks defeat the San Diego Chargers 27-20 at Qwest Field. Seattle's lead was 10-0 at the start of the second half, when Leon Washington increased the lead by taking the kick-off 101 yards for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a seemingly insurmountable lead of 17-0. San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers lead a comeback that eventually tied the game. Rivers completed four consecutive passes to the end zone as penalties called back both a touchdown and two point conversion, only to have them completed on the second try. With the Chargers clearly in the driver's seat, Leon Washington took the next kick off 99 yards for a touchdown. San Diego threatened again, but the 'Hawks secondary was able to keep them out of the end zone for four downs. Taking over on downs, Seattle could not score and had to punt. Rivers lead the Chargers again deep into Seahawk territory when Seahawk safety Earl Thomas made his second interception to seal the victory.