Peephole perspective: Another long drive by the Chiefs to open the quarter, and a yet another late in the quarter. Also an Olindo Mare field goal as time expired. KC 21-10.
Player of the quarter: Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs’ big-play wide receiver came up big time and again. He had three third-down receptions for 38 yards – and three first downs – in the Chiefs’ first TD drive of the quarter. He caught a 36-yard pass from Matt Cassel to score the TD on the second drive – an 80-yarder that took six plays. Bowe had five catches for 80 yards in the quarter.
Play of the quarter: On third-and-goal from the 1, the Chiefs brought in 325-pound defensive tackle Shaun Smith and lined him up at fullback. But the handoff went to Smith and he scored to cap the 74-yard drive.
Number of the quarter: 82. That’s Bowe’s number, and he finished the first half with eight receptions for 120 yards and two TDs.
Injury update: It was announced that CB Marcus Trufant would not return after he was taken off the field on a cart in the first quarter. But he returned to, and was running on, the sideline. He came back into the game with 3:50 left in the half.
The bigger picture: The Chiefs’ drive that started on the final play of the first quarter also consumed the first 14 plays of the second quarter and ended with Shaun Smith’s 1-yard TD run. Cassel passed for 5 yards to Dwayne Bowe on third-and-2, for 22 yards to Bowe on third-and-6 and for 11 yards to Bowe on third-and-10. The TD run by the Chiefs’ defensive tackle, who lined up as the fullback, also came on third down.
The Seahawks’ next possession produced their initial first down, as Matt Hasselbeck passed to Brandon Stokley for 6 yards on third-and-2. But they couldn’t pick up a second first down and Jon Ryan punted.
The Chiefs then drove 80 yards in six plays to Cassel’s 36-yard TD pass to Bowe.
Hasselbeck threw an interception on the ensuing series, but the Seahawks got the ball back at the Chiefs’ 47 when Jamaal Charles fumbled. Hasselbeck hit a 16-yarder to Brandon Stokley, which got Olindo Mare close enough to kick a 43-yard field goal as time expired in the half.