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Chiefs vs. Seahawks: 10 Observations

10 observations from the Chiefs’ 24-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday


  1. Jamaal Charles has huge game for Kansas City**

Jamaal Charles had the best game of his season against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Charles finished the game with 20 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns and also caught two passes for 19 yards.

The Chiefs leaned on Charles throughout this game and he finished with more rushing attempts (20) than the Chiefs had passing attempts (16).


2. Defensive line sees extra bodies

The Seahawks brought out an extra offensive lineman for a number of plays on Sunday. The Chiefs countered with an extra defensive lineman.

Along with starters Allen Bailey, Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard, both Kevin Vickerson and Vance Walker saw the most extensive action of their season on Sunday.

The Seahawks were still able to run the football throughout the game, but when it mattered the most, the Chiefs defense, led by their front seven, kept the Seahawks from converting key short-yardage situations.

The Chiefs have still not allowed a rushing touchdown all season.

3. Play calling on first drive, started hot

The Chiefs offense came out on the first drive and had everything working.

It was a 15-play, 86-yard drive that took just over nine minutes off the clock that gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a Charles 1-yard touchdown run.

On that drive, Alex Smith went 4 of 5 for 31 yards, De'Anthony Thomas carried it once for 8 yards, Knile Davis had three carries for 8 yards and Charles ran the ball six times for 34 yards, including that touchdown run to give the Chiefs the early lead.


4. Seahawks offense

Make no mistake, the Seahawks offense played well in this game.

Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 24 times for 124 yards and quarterback Russell Wilson went 20 of 32 for 178 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.

Many times, when the Seahawks needed a big play offensively, Wilson made something happen with his feet. Wilson ran for 71 yards on eight rushes in the game.

They actually outgained the Chiefs in total yardage (372 to 298), won the time of possession battle (35:57 to 24:03), had a better third down conversion rate (42 percent to 33 percent) and turned the ball over two less times (0 to 2).

But the Chiefs were able to make stops when it counted.

5. Fourth-down stops

The Chiefs defense stood tall when it needed to in this game. The Seahawks finished just 2 of 5 in the red zone, and three fourth-quarter stands on fourth down made the difference in the game.

Early in the fourth quarter and with the ball on the Chiefs' 2-yard line, the Seahawks went for it on fourth-and-2 and the pass fell incomplete in the corner to receiver Doug Baldwin.

On the Seahawks' next drive, Lynch was stood up on fourth-and-1 from the Chiefs' 36-yard line by the newly extended Allen Bailey, who signed a four-year extension with the Chiefs on Saturday.


Finally, the Seahawks were forced to attempt a fourth-and-18 with just over a minute to play in the game. It was coverage by cornerback Sean Smith on the play that had the pass fall harmlessly incomplete and set up the Chiefs for the victory formation.

6. Special teams makes a difference again for Chiefs

The Seahawks returned five kickoffs for an average of 15.8 yards per return while the Chiefs had three returns for an average of 31.7 yards. That 16-yard difference helped the Chiefs keep the Seahawks out of the end zone and the field position battle in their favor.

It was Junior Hemingway and Albert Wilson who combined to make a fantastic play late in the fourth quarter on the Chiefs punt coverage unit. Each player got a hand on the ball and together they were able to help pin the Seahawks deep in their own territory.

View photos from the Chiefs Week 11 matchup against the Seahawks

7. Turnovers lead to 10 Seahawks points

The Chiefs were able to overcome two turnovers that led to 10 Seahawks points en route to this 24-20 victory on Sunday.

Both Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles lost control of the ball while fighting for extra yardage. It's one thing to beat the defending Super Bowl champions while playing a perfect game, but quite another to do so while making some mistakes.

Good teams find a way to win anyway, and that's exactly what the Chiefs did on Sunday.

8. Chiefs defense steps up in the red zone

The Chiefs forced the Seahawks to just two touchdowns in their five drives into the red zone on Sunday.

Coming into the game, the Chiefs defense ranked second in the NFL in red zone touchdown efficiency at 42.3 percent.

9. Offensive line matches Seahawks physicality


After last week's six-sack game against arguably the best defensive line in the NFL in the Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs offensive line was challenged this week to match the physicality of the defending Super Bowl champs on Sunday, and they did.

The Chiefs offensive line opened holes for Jamaal Charles all throughout this game. Overall, the Chiefs ran for 190 yards on 30 carries, and they didn't allow a single sack on Alex Smith.

10. Arrowhead Stadium

Just like coach Reid mentioned first in his postgame press conference, the crowd at Arrowhead was unbelievable on Sunday.

On the Seahawks drive with just over six minutes left in the game and trailing 24-20, quarterback Russell Wilson took a delay of game penalty on second-and-5 as he was scrambling to communicate with his offensive linemen on the play call. It became second-and-10 and then just two plays later, the Chiefs defense stuffed Marshawn Lynch on fourth down. Well done, Arrowhead.

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