KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs were able to hang on and beat the Seattle Seahawks 14 – 13 Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and Chiefs counterpart Alex Smith struggled behind their unsettled offensive lines.
Wilson was 9 of 15 for 78 yards, though most of those completions came on his final drive, when tight end Jimmy Graham finally got involved in the game. Otherwise, Wilson spent his half of work running away from Chiefs pass rushers Justin Houston and Dee Ford.
At least he wasn’t throwing to the wrong team.
Smith was pressured so much in the first half that he began rushing his throws, and one of them was picked off by Bobby Wagner. The Seattle linebacker returned it untouched 25 yards for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 10-7 halftime lead.
Smith finished 11 of 18 for 81 yards with a touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.
Quarter by quarter recap
It was a slow first quarter for both teams – the first five drives all ended in punts.
The Chiefs opened the 2nd quarter with a 14-play, 83-yard drive capped off by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Jeremy Maclin.
But the Seahawks would respond on the next drive. Russell Wilson led the team down to the Kansas City 21-yard line where the drive stalled. Steven Hauschka kicked a 39-yard field goal and the Hawks trailed 7 – 3 in the 2nd quarter.
Just before the half, LB Bobby Wagner intercepted Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith’s pass and ran 25-yards for a touchdown. The pick-6 gave the Hawks a 10 – 7 lead going into halftime.
QBs Russell Wilson and Alex Smith played through the 2nd quarter.
The Chiefs came out strong in the 3rd with QB Chase Daniel. He led the Chiefs 86-yards down the field for a touchdown on a 1-yard pass to James O’Shaughnessy.
B.J. Daniels returned the kickoff 27 yards to the Seattle 30. The Hawks brought in R.J. Archer at QB who moved the ball down to the KC 4-yard line, but the drive stalled. Hauschka kicked the short 27-yard field goal.
The Chiefs went on to defeat the Seahawks 14 – 13.
But remember, it’s preseason!