The Seahawks tied the score on Matt Hasselbeck’s 8-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 56 seconds to play in the half. But both teams also wasted drives, as the Chiefs’ Ryan Succop and the Seahawks’ Olindo Mare slapped field goal attempts wide left and Succop then hit the crossbar on a 53-yard attempt with 4 seconds left.
The Chiefs drove to the Seahawks13, before defensive end Cory Redding stopped Jamaal Charles for no gain, defensive end Patrick Kerney dropped Larry Johnson after the 3-yard gain and cornerback Kelly Jennings had blanket coverage on an incomplete pass to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone. Succop then missed his first kick.
Hasselbeck took advantage of the situation by driving the Seahawks to the Chiefs 8, but the usually sure-footed Mare then slapped a 27-yard attempt wide left. Hasselbeck was 3 of 3 on third-down passes, hitting an 8-yarder to Houshmandzadeh, a 17-yarder that looked like a basketball chest pass to Houshmandzadeh and a 7-yarder to running back Julius Jones – who also carried five times for 26 yards.
As expected, the coaches gave rookie defensive linemen Nick Reed and Michael Bennett some snaps with the No. 1 defense after they had combined for 4½ sacks in the second halves of the first two games. Reed got a pressure on a third-down incompletion by Thigpen late in the quarter.
The Seahawks tied the score on Hasselbeck’s TD pass to Houshmandzadeh – his third catch on the 48-yard drive for 35 yards. The possession got a spark when Justin Forsett returned a punt 17 yards.
The Chiefs stormed right back, but Succop then hit the crossbar.
Quarter Scoring Summary
- 0:56 – 8-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Houshmandzadeh. PAT by Mare. 7 plays, 48 yards. Seahawks 7, Chiefs 7.