An emotional preseason game for Denver

It’s just a first preseason game, but you wouldn’t know by looking at the Denver Post on Thursday morning.

Stripped across the top of the front page are two words “It Matters.’’ There’s a photo of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and this caption to the right of the headline:

Broncos players say tonight’s exhibition rematch with the Seahawks and Richard Sherman means something.

The front of the sports section has a big headline across the top that reads: “It’s a matter of pride.” There’s a photo of Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, with his fists clinched in a boxing pose, doing training camp drills.

Clearly, the city of Denver and the Broncos see this preseason game as a chance at some redemption after the humiliating 43-8 loss to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

So the game probably means more to the Broncos than it does to the Seahawks, but the Seahawks enter the game with nine consecutive preseason victories. As coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, “We play these games to win.”

Here’s a little interesting trivia about the last time the Seahawks lost in preseason. It came at Denver in 2011 when Steven Hauschka kicked a 51-yard field goal to win it 23-20 for the Broncos.

Hauschka was released by the Broncos a few days later in their final roster reduction before the start of the regular season. The Seahawks claimed Hauschka off waivers, and he has become one of the best kickers in the NFL. Hauschka signed a three-year, $9.1 million deal in the offseason.