The Kansas City Chiefs made two crucial fourth down stops in the final quarter to beat the defending Super Bowl champs, Seattle Seahawks, 24-20 at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.
After starting the season with a pair of losses to the Titans and the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs have gone on to win seven of the next eight games, including their current five-game winning streak. With the Broncos losing to the St. Louis Rams yesterday, the Chiefs are now tied for the lead in the AFC West with the Broncos with a 7-3 record.
Jamaal Charles was a big part of this win for the Chiefs, as he ran for 159 yards and scored two touchdowns against a struggling Seattle Defense. This was Charles’ first game with over 100 rushing yards.
The Chiefs’ defense is what put them over the top though. The offense gave the ball away twice, on two fumbles, but the defense was able to overcome the turnovers and hold the Seahawks offense to 20 points. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 124 yards, but the defense held him to zero touchdowns in the game, after scoring four of them against the Giants last week.
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Alex Smith only threw the ball 16 times, completing 11 of them for 108 yards with no touchdowns, but most importantly, zero interceptions.
The biggest play of the game came with 7:51 left in the game, and the Seahawks facing a 3rd and goal from the Chiefs’ 4 yard line. The defense stopped Lynch short of the end zone and forced the Seahawks to go for it on fourth down. Russell Wilson intended a pass for Doug Baldwin on fourth down but it was incomplete, turning the ball over on downs.
The Seahawks then faced another fourth down with 3:34 to go, this time fourth and one yard to go, and again, the Chiefs’ defense stuffed Lynch behind the line of scrimmage on a critical play and took over on downs and held on to the win.
The Chiefs will travel to Oakland on Thursday, to play the 0-10 Raiders, before a big AFC West matchup that could mean a battle for first place against the Broncos, Nov. 30, at Arrowhead Stadium.
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