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Seahawks edge Chiefs but lose fifth of last six games

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KANSAS CITY, MO. – Well, the math seems pretty simple for Seattle now after a 24-10 loss on Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs – win the last two games at home against the Jets and Rams and maybe the playoffs can still have location.

But the margin of error for the Seahawks all but disappeared after a Saturday game that was never really in doubt as Seattle lost for the fifth time in six games to turn a once stellar 6-3 record into a disjointed 7-8.

Kansas City scored on three of its first six possessions to take a 17-0 lead late in the first half, and Seattle never came close to 14 points the rest of the way.

However, just when embarrassment seemed on the horizon, the Seahawks got tough, forcing three straight punts from Kansas City to start the second half and three times into Chiefs territory until the end of the game. 34 or closer.

But failures on two second-half fourth attempts – and three for the game – plus a Geno Smith interception in the end zone meant the Chiefs never really felt out of place.

The last miss was the real killer as the interception came with 7:42 left and on a second and 12 game at Kansas City 22 with Seattle trailing 17-3.

There seemed to be some confusion as Smith tried to hit Marquise Goodwin on the touchline but tossed the ball far over his head, giving Juan Thornhill an easy choice.

The Chiefs, who by then had gained just 13 yards on 11 plays in the second half, put the game aside with a five-play, 80-yard drive scored by a 52-yard catch-and-run from tight end Travis Kelce. . Patrick Mahomes got the TD on a rush to the right side for 3 yards on third-and-goal, stretching the ball towards the pylon as it went out of bounds.

It made it 24-3 with 4:42 to go and sent happy KC fans to the exits and into some heat.

Seattle got a touchdown with 2:25 left on a 6-yard pass from Smith to Noah Fant. But the Chiefs got the kick in play, and that was it.

The game started with a temperature of 12 degrees, officially making it the second coldest game in Seahawks history behind only the infamous minus-six of a wild card playoff game at Minnesota in 2016.

The only good news of the day came in Carolina, the Panthers beat Detroit. That means Seattle stayed ahead of the Lions 7-8 for eighth place in the NFC playoff standings due to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Chiefs dominated the first 28 minutes of the game, beating the Seahawks 17-0 and beating them 181-32 before Seattle finally set up a practice to get on the board.

But that too ended in disappointment as Smith threw two incomplete passes from the 3-yard line in the dying seconds of the first half which forced Seattle to settle for a 22-yard field goal of Jason Myers over time. outside.

The Seahawks used a 35-yard pass from Smith to DK Metcalf — as well as three penalties on the Chiefs, including two shot by Metcalf — to get closer.

Metcalf almost had a TD on the disc but couldn’t get both feet inbounds on a catch in the back of the end zone.

While the Chiefs generally moved him easily, averaging 5.8 yards per play, they were just 2 of 6 on third downs, a miss coming on a drop of a pass that would have gotten a first. try, and two more when Mahomes was away. throwing target.

But a bit of neglect from the Chiefs was about all that kept Seattle close throughout the first half.

The Seahawks had just 26 yards rushing on 10 carries in the first half — 16 to nine of rookie Kenneth Walker III, who played despite not practicing all week due to a chest injury. ankle and back.

The Seahawks didn’t get their first try of the game until less than eight minutes from the end of the second quarter. Seattle had six first downs in the first half, but three came on penalties.

Smith was 10 of 18 for 81 yards in the first half, at one point in the second quarter, slowly getting up after a sack. But Smith did not enter the blue medical tent and miss a game.

Seattle got the ball first to start the second half. But on a play of third-and-seven, Smith decided not to run when it appeared he might have had room for the first to throw down the middle to Marquise Goodwin instead. Goodwin dived but failed to catch, forcing Seattle to punt.

But the defense kept Seattle in it. The Seahawks moved to 34, 29 and 22 in his next three drives.

The first drive was stopped on a no-win pass to Colby Parkinson on a play when a penalty on Penny Hart would have canceled it anyway.

On the next drive, a fourth and 9 passes from the 29th went just 7 yards to Laquon Treadwell.

Then came Smith’s interception, and Seattle saw surprising statistical advantages for nothing – the Seahawks beat the Chiefs 315-289 for the game, holding the No. 1. 1 offense in the NFL, 132 yards under his average and outscoring the Chiefs 235-116 in the second half.

This story will be updated.

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