Peephole perspective: Too much Chiefs. They scored on the first play of the quarter, and two more times in the quarter. They also forced a couple of turnovers. KC, 43-24.
Player of the quarter: Jamaal Charles. While the first half belonged to teammate Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs went to Charles early and often in the final quarter. He finished with 22 carries for 173 yards.
Play of the quarter: That first TD on the first play of the quarter – a 3-yard TD run by Charles. It had been 21-17. That made it 28-17.
Number of the quarter: 87. Ben Obomanu (No. 87) went for 87 (yards) to produce the Seahawks’ longest offensive play of the season.
The bigger picture: The drive that began in the third quarter ended on the first play of the fourth, as Jamaal Charles scored on a 3-yard run to cap an 11-play, 71-yard drive and make it 28-17. Charles also had a 29-yard run – on third-and-3 – on the drive.
The Chiefs struck again, however, as LB Derrick Johnson had a fumble-forcing sack of Matt Hasselbeck on third down and LB Tamba Hali recovered. Three plays later, Matt Cassel went to Dwayne Bowe on a quick slant for a 9-yard TD – Bowe’s third of the game – to make it 35-17.
The Chiefs got the ball right back as CB Travis Daniels picked off a Hasselbeck pass after the Seahawks had reached the Chiefs’ 40. But when CB Kelly Jennings broke up Cassel’s third-down pass to Bowe, the Seahawks got the ball again and it took them one play to score. And what a play it was, as Hasselbeck passed to a wide-open Ben Obomanu for an 87-yard TD – the Seahawks’ longest offensive play of the season – to make it 35-24.
But the Chiefs followed with a 10-play, 80-yard drive to ended with Cassel’s 6-yard TD pass to TE Tony Moeaki. The drive featured ample doses of Charles and Thomas Jones running and a couple of Cassel-to-Bowe completions – including a 17-yarder on third-and-1.
The Seahawks ensuing possession ended when they could not convert on fourth-and-1, and the Chiefs took over.