A recap of the Seahawks’ 42-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field on Sunday:
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel. Three? How do you pick just one after the way this Chiefs trio performed?
In order, Bowe caught 13 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns – giving him a league-high and franchise-record 14 for the season; Charles carried 22 times for 173 yards – giving 1,021 for the season – and a touchdown; and Cassel was 22 of 32 for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
Put it all together and it creates a 503-yard day and a season-high 42 points against the Seahawks’ defense.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge,” defensive tackle Craig Terrill said. “I think we expected to do a lot better than we did today. But it’s a talented team.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: The longest play of the game – Matt Hasselbeck’s 87-yard TD pass to No. 87, wide receiver Ben Obomanu. While the Chiefs were methodical, the Seahawks had to get maniacal. That’s what happened on the Seahawks’ final score, as Obomanu used a double move to get behind Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr and was wide open to take the pass from Hasselbeck and run into the end zone for the Seahawks’ longest offensive play of the season.
“It was a double move – almost like a corner and go,” Obomanu said. “It’s really one of those things where you just want to get close to him, whether he goes outside or jumps it or not. It’s just one of those where if you can get past him the quarterback will give you a chance to make a play.
“I happened to get past him and make a play.”
Defense: Again, it’s a multiple nod, because the Chiefs stopped back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter – first on linebacker Derrick Johnson’s fumble-producing sack of Hasselbeck that was recovered by linebacker Tamba Hali; then on cornerback Travis Daniels’ interception of a Hasselbeck pass that was intended for Brandon Stokley.
The Chiefs scored after the Johnson-forced fumble to make it 35-17.
“When the defense makes a turnover, the offense capitalizes off of it,” Johnson said. “It works hand-in-hand. They work for us, we work for them. It’s definitely a team win.”
Special teams: Terrill got the seventh blocked field goal of his career, one shy of Joe Nash’s franchise record. But Kennard Cox also blocked a punt that Earl Thomas returned for a touchdown, so points take precedence over repeated success.
“I was just thinking about scooping and scoring the whole time,” Thomas, the rookie from Texas, said after scoring his first NFL touchdown. “We worked hard on it in practice. It was actually called ‘Hook ’em Horns,’ so they put it in just for me to rush off the edge. We thought I was going to go free. Instead, the inside guy (Cox) came free and I was able to pick it up.”
Pre-game: When the Seahawks’ introduced their offensive unit just before kickoff, all three running backs – Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Leon Washington – emerged from the tunnel together and struck a “Three Amigos” poise.
“Actually, Marshawn wanted us to all come out,” Forsett said. “So that’s what we did. Our thing in the running back group is the strength of the group is the group.”
In-game: When cornerback Marcus Trufant was taken off the field on a cart late in the first quarter, it was announced that he would not return. But return he did.
Post-game: Coach Pete Carroll’s brutal honesty in his assessment of the Seahawks’ performance.
“It was a most disappointing day,” he said. “We didn’t play anywhere near like we had planned.”
When asked what he had told his players, he offered, “I told them to be quiet and we’ll figure it out, because they don’t have any better ideas than I do about it right now. So, let’s just be quiet, get together tomorrow and figure it out.”
Obomanu had a 52-yard reception on the first play of the second half to go with his 87-yard TD. He finished with a career-best 159 yards on five receptions.
Hawthorne had a game-high 13 tackles, so he now leads the team with 65 – including 39 in the past four games.
The Chiefs converted 11 of 17 third-down situations (65 percent) and the Seahawks 3 of 12 (25 percent), which explains how Kansas City had the ball for more than 41 minutes – compared to 18:57 for the Seahawks.
The Chiefs entered the game with the league’s top-ranked rushing offense and proceeded to run for 270 yards.
After throwing only one interception in his previous five games, Hasselbeck was picked off twice by the Chiefs.
Leading receiver Mike Williams went through a pregame workout. But it was determine the left foot he strained last week would not allow him to play.
In addition to Trufant, center Chris Spencer had to leave the game in the closing seconds after being leg-whipped and Hawthorne is scheduled to have additional tests Monday on a chest bruise.
Left guard Chester Pitts (ankle), nose tackle Colin Cole (ankle), fullback Michael Robinson (hamstring) and Williams – all starters – were among the Seahawks inactive players.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We need to win at home. There’s just no excuse.” – Hasselbeck