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Even though he fumbled twice, Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles had a good day, scoring two touchdowns and rushing 159 yards in 20 carries.
And the Chiefs defense held their own, protecting Kansas City receivers and preventing Seattle from scoring more than two touchdowns, directed by Quarterback Alex Smith and led mostly by Charles, the Chiefs drove 86 yards in 15 plays to end with a 1 yard touchdown run by Charles with 4:22 left in the quarter.
Then, starting from their 20 yard line, the Seahawks drove 90 yards in 16 plays and concluded with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin with 10:22 left in the half. A 5-yard penalty against Kansas City defensive back Ron Parker and automatic first down kept the Seahawks from going three and out before their tie-making touchdown drive concluded.
Then the Chiefs — with healthy passes to Travis Kelce, Charles, and Anthony Sherman — concluded a 4-play 80-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run by Charles with 8:09 left in the quarter to make the score 14-7.
Then, despite a series of drives by Seattle star running back Marshawn Lynch, who in the course of the game led the Seahawks with 24 carries for 124 rushing yards, Seattle was held to a 24-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the half.
With the next Chiefs drive broken by a fumble by Kelce recovered by Seattle at Kansas City’s 46 yard line, the Seahawks again were held to field goal by Steven Hauschka with 4 seconds left in the half to make the score Kansas City 14, Seattle 13.
The Chiefs had the ball at the start of the third quarter and concluded a 12-play 67-yard drive with a field goal by Cairo Santos to make the score 17-13.
Then, after a three and out by Seattle, Jamaal Charles fumbled with the Seahawks recovering at the Kansas City 44 yard line with 3:06 left in the third quarter. After four Seattle plays Seahawk tight end Tony Moeaki, who played for the Chiefs from 2010 through 2012, caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to put the Seahawks ahead, 20-17, for the first and only time in the game with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Seattle lead didn’t last long. Following a 10-yard run by Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, a 47-yard run by Charles and a Seattle penalty, Chief Knile Davis, a former Arkansas Razorback who would be the leading running back teamed up with anybody but Jamaal Charles, ran four yards for a touchdown to make the score 24-20 with 13:41 left in the game.
With two Kansas City three and outs intervening, the Seahawks three times tried to keep going on the fourth down, and three times failed. The Chiefs defense was doing its job.
So, final score: Chiefs 24, Seahawks 20.
The Chiefs now have won their last five games (following their bye week), including easy wins against the Rams and the Jets and a tough 17-13 defeat of the Bills at Buffalo. So their record stands at 7-3. Since the Denver Broncos lost 22-7 to the Rams at St. Louis (where at least they played comfortably indoors at the Jones Dome), their record is 7-3. So the Chiefs and Broncos are tied for the lead of the AFC West.
The Chiefs meet the Broncos at Arrowhead for the Sunday night game Nov. 30. The Chiefs lost to the Broncos 24-17 Sept. 14, but the Chiefs beat the Rams 34-7 Oct. 26 at Arrowhead. Should be interesting.
Meanwhile the Seahawks are now 6-4, having also lost to the Rams (28-26), the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers.
The Chiefs, meanwhile have a very short break and meet the winless Raiders Thursday night at Oakland. The Raiders lost 13-6 today to the Chargers at San Diego. The Chiefs beat the Raiders 24-7 and 56-31 in 2013 but lost to the Raiders 26-16 and 15-0 in 2012.
Following the Broncos game, in December the Chiefs face the Arizona Cardinals (now 9-1), the Raiders again, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. They close the regular season Dec. 28 facing the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead, The Chiefs beat the Chargers 23-20 Oct. 19 at San Diego.
The Kansas City Chiefs: Playoffs bound, likely; Super Bowl bound, who knows?
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