A recap of the Seahawks’ 42-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field on Sunday:
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel. Three? How do you pick just one after the way this Chiefs trio performed?
In order, Bowe caught 13 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns – giving him a league-high and franchise-record 14 for the season; Charles carried 22 times for 173 yards – giving 1,021 for the season – and a touchdown; and Cassel was 22 of 32 for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
Put it all together and it creates a 503-yard day and a season-high 42 points against the Seahawks’ defense.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge,” defensive tackle Craig Terrill said. “I think we expected to do a lot better than we did today. But it’s a talented team.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: The longest play of the game – Matt Hasselbeck’s 87-yard TD pass to No. 87, wide receiver Ben Obomanu. While the Chiefs were methodical, the Seahawks had to get maniacal. That’s what happened on the Seahawks’ final score, as Obomanu used a double move to get behind Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr and was wide open to take the pass from Hasselbeck and run into the end zone for the Seahawks’ longest offensive play of the season.
“It was a double move – almost like a corner and go,” Obomanu said. “It’s really one of those things where you just want to get close to him, whether he goes outside or jumps it or not. It’s just one of those where if you can get past him the quarterback will give you a chance to make a play.
“I happened to get past him and make a play.”
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.
Peephole perspective: The Seahawks’ offense scored, on Matt Hasselbeck’s 13-yard pass to TE Chris Baker. Chiefs, 21-17.
Player of the quarter: Brandon Stokley. With leading receiver Mike Williams out, someone needed to step up. Stokley did, catching two passes to produced two first downs in the quarter.
Play of the quarter: The first one, as Matt Hasselbeck went deep to Ben Obomanu for a 52-yard gain to the Chiefs’ 19-yard line.
Number of the quarter: 57. That’s David Hawthorne’s number. He had three more tackles in the quarter, giving him 11 for the game.
The bigger picture: In the first half, the Chiefs had a 100-yard receiver (Dwayne Bowe, eight for 120), an 83-yard rusher (Jamaal Charles, 83 yards on 10 carries) and converted 7 of 9 third-down situations (78 percent). The Seahawks had 9 rushing yards and three first downs.
But Hasselbeck closed the gap on the first play of the half as he went to Obomanu for a 52-yard completion to the Chiefs’ 19-yard line. Chiefs CB Jackie Bates was injured on the play. He was replaced by rookie Javier Arenas. Two plays later, Hasselbeck passed to TE Chris Baker at the 2 and Baker got in for the score that trimmed the Chiefs’ lead to 21-17.
The Seahawks’ defense then held, as DT Brandon Mebane tipped Matt Cassel’s third-down pass incomplete, after DE Chris Clemons had stopped Thomas Jones for no gain on first down and Charles dropped Cassel’s second-down pass.
On their next possession, the Seahawks picked up first downs on back-to-back plays, as Marshawn Lynch ran for 4 yards on third down and Hasselbeck then passed for 10 yards to Brandon Stokley. But the drive stalled. It appeared that CB Travis Daniels had intercepted Hasselbeck’s third-down pass that was intended for Stokley and returned it 27 yards to the Seahawks’ 22. But coach Pete Carroll challenged the play and replay showed that Daniels had trapped the ball.
The Seahawks then forced a three-and-out, but Dustin Colquitt got off a 55-yard punt and Leon Washington was stopped for a minus-2 yard return. Hasselbeck and Stokley hooked up twice as the Seahawks moved from their 14. The first was a 13-yarder and the second an 11-yarder. But the drive stalled and Ryan punted again.
The Seahawks got the Chiefs into a third-and-6 situation on the next series, but Cassel spun from DE Chris Clemons and passed to Bowe for 8 yards. On the next third-down play, Charles broke a 29-yard run to the Seahawks’ 12. The Chiefs had the ball at the Seahawks’ 3 as the quarter ended.
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.
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.
The following players are inactive for the Chiefs today:
CB Brandon Flowers
WR Dexter McCluster
DB Donald Washington
RB Tim Castille
FS Jon McGraw
LB Charlie Anderson
LB Justin Cole
DT Anthony Toribio
The Chiefs will be without half their starting secondary with Flowers and McGraw out. Travis Daniels is the likely replacement on the left side for Flowers, with rookie Kendrick Lewis stepping in for McGraw and Mike Cox for Castille.
The following players are inactive for the Seahawks today:
WR Mike Williams (foot)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
RB Michael Robinson (hamstring)
DE Clifton Geathers
OT Will Robinson
DT Amon Gordon
3rd QB: J.P. Losman
Williams strained his left foot in last week’s loss to the Saints. Deon Butler will start for Williams.
Geathers, Gordon and Robinson were added to the roster during the week, so being inactive for a given.
Leading receiver Mike Williams is running right now to test his sore left foot, a workout that will help determine his status for today’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field.
Watching his every step are offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, trainer Sam Ramsden and assistant trainer Donald Rich.
Williams did not practice all week after straining his foot in last week’s loss to the Saints in New Orleans. He was listed as questionable on Friday, but coach Pete Carroll stopped short of ruling Williams out for this game.
Former All-Pro defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy is among the 26 semifinalist for the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, it was announced this morning.
Kennedy has been a finalist the past two years, so his inclusion on the list of semifinalists is a formality. The field will be trimmed to 15 in early January and the class will be selected Saturday, Feb. 5.
Kennedy was the NFL defensive player of the year in 1992 and also was voted to eight Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor in 2006.
Greetings from Qwest Field, where some of the Seahawks already are out preparing for today’s extremely important game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But before we get into the ramifications of this matchup, let’s start with a question: What’s gotten into Matt Hasselbeck?
The Seahawks’ quarterback has returned from sitting out the game against the New York Giants because of a concussion not only in rhythm but in control. In the past two games, he has completed 69 percent of his passes while throwing for 333 yards against the Arizona Cardinals and 366 yards in last week’s game against the Saints in New Orleans – when he matched Drew Brees stat for stat, expect touchdown passes (four for Brees, one for Hasselbeck).
But it hasn’t been just in the games. Hasselbeck has been just as sharp – or sharper – in practice. He’s throwing the ball more, and deeper. What gives?