The Seahawks clinch their playoff berth, while the Chiefs fail to secure a home playoff spot in Kansas City’s 38-31 primetime loss at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Read the full game recap here.
FINAL: Chiefs 31, Seahawks 38
The Chiefs have averaged 37.5 ppg in their four losses this season— Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) December 24, 2018
The Chiefs defense allowed 16.13 yards per play on downs where the Seahawks had 11+ yards to the line of gain. They gained a first down almost 75% of the time they were in those situations.— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) December 24, 2018
- Tremon Smith returns the ball for a whopping 61-yards to the Seahawks’ 31. Mahomes then finds Damien Williams for first down, however, the drive ends in a field goal on 4th & 6 from Butker that’s good, making it a one possession game again. Butker’s onside kick goes out of bounds and the Chiefs fall to Seattle on the road. Final score: Chiefs 31, Seahawks 38.
- Despite the score, Chris Jones out there breaking records:
Chris Jones just set the record for longest sack streak since they became a stat 36 years ago. pic.twitter.com/WJavHu1Wrv— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 24, 2018
- At 2nd & 6, Russell Wilson looks for Baldwin deep right, but Tremon Smith gets his hand in at the last second to break up the catch. Then, on 3rd & 6, with the Chiefs desperately looking for a big stop, Moore barely gets the first down as Steven Nelson tries to keep him out, but can’t. 2nd & 12 at the Seahawks’ 34, Wilson then launches it straight up in the air to find Lockett on a dime for 45 yards, putting Seattle at the KC 21. After getting sacked by Chris Jones for a 9-yard loss on 1st &10, Wilson comes up big again with a 29-yard pass and unworldly catch by Ward at the KC 1. 1st & Goal at the 1, Chris Carson gets the score to lift the Seahawks 38-28.
- At 4th & 1 at the Seattle 45, Mahomes gets the first down and then some after he scrambles right and runs it for 22 yards. Mahomes then finds West on 2nd & 10 for 12 yards to put them at the Seahawks’ 11. The drive ends in a score when Mahomes finds Robinson for an 11-yard TD. The Chiefs go for the extra two points and Mahomes scrambles it in to make it a three-point game. Chiefs 28, Seahawks 31.
- The Seahawks come out on fire on their next drive and get three straight first downs to put them at 1st & Goal on their fourth play. Then, on 3rd & Goal, the Chiefs’ Tremon Smith gets called for Defensive Holding, which is enforced at the 4. At 1st & Goal on the KC 2, Wilson finds Dickson for the touchdown to extend Seattle’s lead. Chiefs 20, Seahawks 31.
- Chiefs start things off strong with a 16-yard gain following a pass from Mahomes to Hill who takes it to the KC 46. Then, 3rd & 2 at the Seattle 36, it’s Mahomes to Hill again. Hill gets on the end of a 32-yard pass deep left, but comes up limping, then returns to the field. At 2nd & 10 Kelvin Benjamin misses a catch in the end zone. Benjamin looks to redeem himself after Mahomes scrambles on 3rd & Goal and looks to Kelvin in the end zone, but he’s out of bounds despite snagging it out of the air. Chiefs go for the field goal on 4th & Goal and make it for 29-yards. Chiefs 20, Seahawks 24.
- The Seahawks end their first drive of the final quarter with a punt and the Chiefs offense takes the field.
- The Seahawks force a three-and-out on the Chiefs again, Colquitt punts 39-yards to the Seattle 31 and the Chiefs start the fourth quarter down 24-17 on defense.
- Our own Aaron Borgmann on injury watch:
- With the game all tied up, the Chiefs defense comes out a little rocky, missing three tackles which results in an 18-yard gain for the Seahawks after Wilson finds Baldwin at the KC 42 for first down. The drive ends with a touchdown for Seattle after Wilson finds Baldwin for a whopping 27-yards, giving the Seahawks back their lead. Seattle 24, Chiefs 17.
Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin, who beats Steven Nelson for 6.— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) December 24, 2018
- I mean, what the:
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes set a new NFL record with his 30th TD pass in a season. And it was a doozie. pic.twitter.com/yq1Le7BT0a— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) December 24, 2018
Mahomes looking at his hand after the throw whewwww— Joel Thorman (@JoelThorman) December 24, 2018
- The passing game is — finally — back on for the Chiefs an Mahomes ends an insane 7-play drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass, that, of course, defies physics, to Charcandrick West. The extra point is good and the Chiefs tie it 17-17.
- As Janikowski gets looked at on the sideline, Aussie native Michael Dickson drop kicks it beautifully to the KC 3 and it’s returned by Tremon Smith for 14-yards. Mahomes opens the drive with a huge 23-yard pass to Travis Kelce at the KC 40 — giving him the pass he needs to break the Chiefs single season receiving record.
Travis Kelce has passed Tony Gonzalez for most receiving yards in a season by a TE in franchise history! pic.twitter.com/o2VoqSQBhV— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 24, 2018
- The Seahawks are now 1st & 10 at the KC 14 with a chance to score. After two incompletes, Seattle goes for the field goal again and Janikowski makes it for 28-yards to extend the Seahawks’ lead. Seattle 17, Kansas City 10.
- The Seahawks’ offense starts with the ball to begin the second half and open with a huge 15-yard gain by Chris Carson who runs it to their own 40 before getting pushed outside by Anthony Hitchens. Then, at 3rd & 6, Russell Wilson hits Vannett who gets the first down. Wilson puts the Seahawks within range with another big pass — this time 18-yards — to Baldwin at the KC 28. A 10-yard Offensive Holding penalty called on Deon Gant and then a 5-yard sack on Russell Wilson by Dee Ford and Chris Jones results in a field goal attempt for Seattle. Janikowski misses his second from 47-yards out, but is injured on the play and a 15-yard Roughing the Kicker penalty is called on Jordan Lucas.
HALFTIME: Chiefs 10, Seahawks 14
- The Chiefs have a huge opportunity to potentially take the lead, however, on their best chance of the final drive of the half, Mahomes hits an open Conley for 24-yards, but the ball is punched out of his hands by Justin Coleman — forcing the fumble — and the Seahawks recover the ball at their 22.
- The Seahawks come out aggressive on their last offensive drive of the half, which starts with a combined 12-yards on the ground from Chris Carson. A 19-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Lockett and then a 15-yard penalty on Charvarius Ward puts the Seahawks into KC territory at the 45. Good timeout usage forces the Seahawks to end in a punt, which puts the Chiefs at the KC 13 with mere seconds remaining.
- Marcus Kemp displays some insane athleticism by leaping into the end zone and swatting the ball out, allowing the Chiefs to start at their own 25. Despite a big start, the drive ends with 57-yard punt from Dustin Colquitt to the Seattle 9.
- A 3-yard Defensive Pass Interference call enforced at the KC 4 puts Seattle 1st & Goal at the 1. On their second attempt, Russell Wilson finds Nick Vannett for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Seahawks the lead back. Seattle 14, Chiefs 10.
- After taking the field at the 21, the Carson runs a combined 16-yards to put the Seahawks at the KC 5. Dee Ford comes up big for the Chiefs’ defense at 1st & Goal, stopping Carson and sending him back 3-yards to the KC 8. Carson gets back to the 5 on the next play and J.R. Sweezy went down with a foot injury:
Seahawk’s RG J.R. Sweezy down after that play. I don’t think his foot is facing the right direction. #KCvsSEA— Chiefs Fangirl (@chiefsFGSN) December 24, 2018
- The Kansas City offense takes the field at their 20, and, on the first play, pick up 15-yard when Mahomes find Tyreek Hill at the 35. Then, Jeff Allen picks up his second False Start for another 5-yard loss then things turn sour for the Chiefs from there. Damien Williams fumbles the ball at the KC 30 and it’s recovered by Jarran Reed at the 23 who then picks up 2 more yards to put Seattle at the 21.
- The Seahawks flounder on their next drive, which ends in a punt, after Russell Wilson scrambles for 9-yards and then slides prematurely to their own 34 — putting Seattle just shy of first down.
- A look on the play:
- Are we surprised?
- Opening the second half with the offense still on the field, the Chiefs pick up a False Start penalty and lose 5-yards — enforced at the KC 42. 38 combined running yards from Damien Williams and Tyreek Hill put the Chiefs at the Seahawks’ 20. Then, it’s Travis Kelce on the end of a 17-yard pass from Mahomes to put the Chiefs at the Seattle 2. Mahomes finds Damien Williams for the 2-yard touchdown the Chiefs need to take the lead over Seattle. Extra point is good, and Chiefs lead 10-7 over the Seahawks.
- We’ll start with a Chiefs injury update:
- Chiefs lose 8-yards on the first play of the next drive after Mahomes gets sacked by Dion Jordan, however, he ends the first quarter with a big 18-yard pass to Chris Conley at the KC 41.
- Despite starting the drive strong, and getting some help with a 26-yard penalty on Steven Nelson for Pass Interference after he got tangled up with Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks end the drive with Russell Wilson getting sacked by Justin Houston at the KC 18 and then 36-yard field goal attempt that is no good from Janikowski. Chiefs offense takes the field and the score remains Seattle 7, Kansas City 3.
That 54-yarder was a career-long for Butker, by the way.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 24, 2018
- The Chiefs start at the 25 and Damien Williams makes a statement on the first play by cutting through the Seattle defense for a 25-yard gain. It’s Damien Williams again on the next play, this time on the end of a 7-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes at the Seattle 43. The Chiefs struggle to find their rhythm, with Mahomes throwing four incomplete on the last five plays of the drive. The Chiefs end with a field goal attempt from Harrison Butker for a whopping 54-yards and it’s good! Chiefs cut the deficit and trail the Seahawks 7-3.
- Chiefs’ Eric Berry makes a statement on the first play of Seattle’s opening drive by shutting down Chris Carson at the 23. Following a 5-yard False Start penalty on Seattle, which was enforced at the 24, Russell Wilson comes up big when he scrambles for a huge 19-yard gain. The yards kept coming when Wilson breaks from pressure on third down to find Doug Baldwin deep on a 16-yard pass. 42-yards on the ground on the next five plays put the Seahawks at 3rd & 1 at the KC 4 and it’s Carson to run it in for the first touchdown on the night. Seahawks take an early lead at CenturyLink Field, 7-0 over Chiefs.
- The Seahawks force three-and-out on the Chiefs opening drive in primetime and it ends in a punt by Dustin Colquitt, 48-yards, to the Seattle 19.
Jordan Lucas, Jeff Allen and Justin Hamilton were the Chiefs captains tonight.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 24, 2018
Chiefs lose the toss. Seahawks defer so Chiefs will receive and start with the ball— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) December 24, 2018
The atmosphere at CenturyLink is everything I thought it would be. Awesome, awesome venue pic.twitter.com/uS1u2uE3ij— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 24, 2018
Actives and Inactives
Here are the #Chiefs’ official inactives tonight vs. Seahawks...some shakeups in the secondary.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) December 23, 2018
Here are the Seahawks official inactives:— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) December 23, 2018
RB Rashaad Penny
S Tedric Thompson
CB Kalan Reed
RB Bo Scarbrough
OT Germain Ifedi
DT Nazir Jones
DE Branden Jackson
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Nuts and bolts
Location: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
Game time: Sunday, December 23 | 7:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time
TV channel: NBC (KSHB Local)
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Matchup history: Chiefs lead 33-18
Odds: Chiefs -2.5
Final Injury Report: Chiefs-Seahawks
Prediction: Seahawks 27, Chiefs 24 (Sweeney) | Full staff predictions
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Chiefs 2018 regular-season schedule
Week 1 | Sep 09 | Chiefs @ Chargers | StubHub Center | 3:05 PM CBS Week 2 | Sep 16 | Chiefs @ Steelers | Heinz Field | 12:00 PM | CBS Week 3 | Sep 23 | 49ers @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 12:00 PM | FOX Week 4 | Oct 01 | Chiefs @ Broncos | Sports Authority Field at Mile High | 7:15 PM | ESPN Week 5 | Oct 07 | Jaguars @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 12:00 PM | CBS Week 6 | Oct 14 | Chiefs @ Patriots | Gillette Stadium | 7:20 PM | NBC Week 7 | Oct 21 | Bengals @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 12:00 PM | CBS Week 8 | Oct 28 | Broncos @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 12:00 PM | CBS Week 9 | Nov 04 | Chiefs @ Browns | FirstEnergy Stadium | 12:00 PM | CBS Week 10 | Nov 11 | Cardinals @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 12:00 PM | FOX Week 11 | Nov 19 | Chiefs @ Rams | LA Coliseum | 7:15 PM | ESPN Week 12 | Bye Week 13 | Dec 02 | Chiefs @ Raiders | Oakland Coliseum | 3:05 PM | CBS Week 14 | Dec 09 | Ravens @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 12:00 PM | CBS Week 15 | Dec 13 | Chargers @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 7:20 PM | FOX
Week 16 | Dec 23 | Chiefs @ Seahawks | CenturyLink Field | 7:20 PM | NBC
Week 17 | Dec 30 | Raiders @ Chiefs | Arrowhead Stadium | 12:00 PM | CBS