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SEATTLE — Matt Hasselbeck passed for two touchdowns in his first two series, and the Seattle Seahawks completed their exhibition schedule with a 28-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.

Deuce McAllister, New Orleans' first-round pick from Mississippi, rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries, all in the first half, as Ricky Williams sat out the game. McAllister also had a 36-yard punt return in the second half.

Hasselbeck, who will be the starting quarterback in Seattle's opener in Cleveland, had a 60-yard TD pass to Darrell Jackson and a 12-yard scoring pass to Karsten Bailey in the opening period before he came out.

Hasselbeck had three touchdown passes in the first quarter in a win in San Francisco last week.

As with the 14 other games this weekend, replacement officials were hardly noticeable although there were a couple of key calls in the second quarter.

McAllister's fumble and the recovery by Cedric Woodard at the Seattle 2 with 1:18 left in the opening half was challenged by the review assistant, but the challenge was upheld.

The Saints' first touchdown, in the second quarter, was set up by a personal foul penalty called against cornerback Harold Blackmon that gave New Orleans the ball on the Seattle 12. Blackmon delivered a blow with his helmet on receiver Robert Wilson when Wilson was out of bounds after catching an 18-yard pass from Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme then passed 12 yards to rookie Onome Ojo for the New Orleans touchdown.

Seattle coach Mike Holmgren talked to official Blake Lozo about the call, but it appeared to be the correct one and Holmgren didn't look too upset.

While the Seahawks (2-2) finished the preseason with a victory over a team that was 10-6 and made the playoffs last season, the Saints (1-3) looked shaky on defense for the third week in a row.

On Hasselbeck's touchdown pass to Jackson, Saints safety Sammy Knight fell down at the New Orleans 15 and Jackson went into the end zone for the game's first touchdown.

In their final three exhibitions, the Saints surrendered 11 plays of 25 or more yards, including three Saturday.

Delhomme, New Orleans' third-string quarterback, also had a 26-yard scoring pass to Ojo, a fifth-round draft choice from Cal Davis, with 5:50 to go. Delhomme was upset at the officials on the TD drive after he had an 11-yard run and was hit after sliding to the ground.

Shaun Alexander scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter.

After Delhomme's second TD pass, the Seahawks scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Brock Huard after Huard and Alex Bannister teamed on a 43-yard pass.

Delhomme completed 22 of 29 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Aaron Brooks and Jeff Blake, New Orleans' top two quarterbacks, each played one series.

Hasselbeck was 4-for-6 for 99 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while Huard was 9-for-18 for 132 yards, with no TDs and no interceptions.

Ricky Watters, Seattle's top running back, had four carries for 16 yards, while the Saints' No. 1 ball carrier, Ricky Williams, did not play.