Peephole perspective: A game-opening touchdown drive by the Chiefs. A late blocked punt and TD return by the Seahawks. 7-7.
Player of the quarter: Matt Cassel. The Chiefs’ QB was 7 of 9 for 77 yards, and the TD pass to Dwayne Bowe.
Play of the quarter: With the Chiefs leading 7-0, Kennard Cox blocked Dustin Colquitt’s punt and rookie Earl Thomas picked it up and returned it to tie the score. Craig Terrill also blocked a field-goal attempt in the quarter.
Number of the quarter: Two. As in the number of blocked kicks by the Seahawks’ special teams.
The bigger picture: The Chiefs got the ball first, despite losing the coin toss, because the Seahawks deferred until the second half. And the Chiefs needed seven plays to move 72 yards to Dwayne Bowe’s nice grab of a 7-yard pass from Matt Cassel in the back of the end zone. Cassel was 4 of 5 on the drive for 64 yards, including a drive-opening 14-yarder to Bowe, a 19-yarder to Bowe on third-and-6 and a 24-yarder to Verran Tucker. Bowe’s TD was his 12th of the season, tying a 48-year-old Chiefs’ single-season record (Chris Burford).
But the Seahawks got good field position, as Cameron Morrah returned the short kickoff 30 yards to the Chiefs’ 48. But the Seahawks could not convert, as Matt Hasselbeck’s fourth-and-1 pass to WR Golden Tate was incomplete along the left sideline against tight coverage from CB Brandon Carr. The Seahawks went for it on 4th down but Marshawn Lynch was stopped for no gain on a third-and-1 run.
The Chiefs drove to the Seahawks’ 21, thanks to a 27-yard run by Jamaal Charles, but Craig Terrill blocked Ryan Succop’s 43-yard field goal. It was the seventh blocked field goal of Terrill’s career – and second this season. That’s one shy of Joe Nash’s club record.
But the Seahawks couldn’t take advantage of the blocked field goal, as CB Jackie Bates broke up Hasselbeck’s third-down pass to Ben Obomanu.
The Seahawks lost CB Marcus Trufant on the third play of the Chiefs’ ensuing series. He was taken off the field on a cart after it appeared he injured his left knee while tackling RB Thomas Jones.
But the possession ended well for the Seahawks, as Kennard Cox blocked Dustin Colquitt’s punt and Earl Thomas recovered and returned it for a touchdown that made it 7-7 with 31 seconds left in the quarter.