The first 15 minutes featured a little bit of everything, and a lot of Chiefs rookie defensive end Tyson Jackson – the player KC selected third overall in April’s NFL draft, just before the Seahawks took linebacker Aaron Curry at No. 4.
The Seahawks’ No. 1 defense turned up the heat, and knocked Chiefs QB Matt Cassel out of the game on the opening series. Defensive end Cory Redding flushed Cassel and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane pulled Cassel down for a 2-yard sack. Cassel limped off the field and was replaced by Tyler Thigpen.
On the Seahawks’ first series, Jackson deflected a Matt Hasselbeck pass that was intended for wide receiver Deion Branch. Cornerback Brandon Flowers intercepted the pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.
On the Seahawks’ next possession, a 31-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson gave Seattle a first down at the Chiefs 33-yard line. But the drive stalled when Jackson beat right tackle Ray Willis to drop Hasselbeck for a sack on third down and Olindo Mare was then wide left on a 51-yard field goal attempt.
Quarter Scoring Summary
- 11:12 – Interception returned by a touchdown by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers. PAT by Succop. Seahawks 0, Chiefs 7
First Quarter Stats
- Time of Possession: Seahawks 6:26; Chiefs; 8:34
- Total Rushing: Seahawks 15; Chiefs 81
- Total Passing: Seahakws 44; Chiefs 4
- Total Net Offense: Seahawks 59; Chiefs 85