On Christmas Eve, the Kansas City Chiefs grabbed what they hope will be the first of three consecutive wins to end the season by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 24-10on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
With temperatures in the mid-teens (and wind chills a dozen degrees lower), both defenses held the upper hand for most of the game. Through almost two quarters, the Kansas City defense suffocated the Seattle offense — while the Chiefs’ offense built a 17-point lead on three short-field drives. Just before halftime, the Seahawks finally managed a long, fast drive (helped by Kansas City penalties) that got inside the Chiefs’ 10-yard line with 18 seconds remaining — but the defense held Seattle to a field goal to make the halftime score 17-3.
Then the defenses shut down the opposing offenses until well into the fourth quarter, when Kansas City safety Juan Thornhill intercepted a pass in the end zone, closing out a Seattle drive that had almost reached the red zone. Now with momentum, the Chiefs drove 80 yards in five plays, scoring with a Patrick Mahomes touchdown run to make the score 24-3 with less than five minutes remaining. The Seahawks responded with a two-minute, 75-yard touchdown drive to narrow Kansas City’s lead to 24-10 — but after Seattle’s onside kick failed, the game was over.