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November 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

9 big moments from the Seahawks’ 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium may have been freezing (10 degrees if you count wind chill!), but Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was red hot. Without defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, the Seahawks had a hard time stopping Charles.

But that wasn’t the only struggle of the day. Read on for the nine biggest moments from the Seahawks’ 24-20 loss in Kansas City.

 

Kansas City strikes first

The Chiefs took advantage of a Mebane-less Seattle defense, putting together an impressive 9-minute, 86-yard drive that ended with Charles running into the corner of the end zone.

SEA 0, KC 7

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles outruns Seahawks linebackers Bruce Irvin and K.J. Wright in the first half for a touchdown. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles outruns Seahawks linebackers Bruce Irvin and K.J. Wright in the first half for a touchdown. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

 

Hawks march down the field to tie it up

The Seahawks answered with a 9-minute drive of their own — their longest of the year so far.

Starting on their own 10-yard line, Seattle gave the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch on the first four plays and were on the Kansas City 44 by the end of the first quarter.

The Hawks got a little lucky mid-drive: A penalty turned a third-down sack of Russell Wilson into a Seattle first down. Wilson made the most of it, hitting Jermaine Kearse to reach the 5 and Doug Baldwin for a touchdown.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse tries to weave through Kansas City defenders after making a long catch in the first half. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse tries to weave through Kansas City defenders after making a long catch in the first half. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Baldwin celebrated by miming firing an arrow into the crowd (channeling Fernando Rodney, perhaps?).

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin celebrates a 7-yard touchdown in the first half. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin celebrates a 7-yard touchdown in the first half. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

SEA 7, KC 7

Read more and watch a video of the touchdown

 

Kansas City makes next TD drive look easy

The Chiefs went 80 yards in four plays to send Charles into the end zone again.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles makes his second of two touchdowns, evading the grasp of Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell on a 16-yard run in the first half as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday November 16, 2014. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles makes his second of two touchdowns, evading the grasp of Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell on a 16-yard run in the first half. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

At one point during that drive, Kansas City TE Travis Kelce shot an invisible arrow of his own after making a nice catch, then looked at the Seahawks sideline. No taunting call, though.

SEA 7, KC 14

Read more and watch videos from the touchdown drive

 

Seahawks get key turnover, then squander it

Safety Earl Thomas forced a fumble by Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, negating what would have been a first down.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce fumbles the ball on a tackle by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (beneath Kelce) and linebacker K.J. Wright int the second quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce fumbles the ball on a tackle by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (beneath Kelce) and linebacker K.J. Wright in the second quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill recovered and Seattle got it to the 9, but after what felt like a thousand incomplete end-zone passes, they settled for a field goal.

SEA 13, KC 14

Read more and watch a video of the play

 

Lockette thrown out

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was ejected from the game for a personal foul in the third quarter. After a tough battle with Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman during a long punt return, Lockette got in on the tackle and was on the ground when Coleman came over and shoved him. Lockette hopped to his feet and punched Coleman in the (helmeted) face, drawing the flag.

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is ejected from the game after throwing a punch at Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman in the second half. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette is ejected from the game after throwing a punch at Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman in the second half. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

 

Moeaki’s first catch as a Seahawk is a go-ahead TD

In the first play after Lockette was ejected, Earl Thomas forced another fumble — this one by Charles. Byron Maxwell recovered it, setting up a 44-yard touchdown drive for Seattle.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles fumbles the ball and it is recovered by Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell in the third quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles fumbles the ball and it is recovered by Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell in the third quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

A play-action pass to tight end (and former Kansas City Chief) Tony Moeaki in the end zone put the Hawks in the lead for the first time. It was Moeaki’s first possession as a Seahawk.

SEA 20, KC 17

Seahawks tight end Tony Moeaki catches a 1-yard pass from Russell Wilson for a touchdown in the second half. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks tight end Tony Moeaki catches a 1-yard pass from Russell Wilson for a touchdown in the second half. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Read more and watch videos of the fumble recovery and the touchdown

 

Charles continues his big day

Seattle’s lead was short-lived. Jamaal Charles had a 47-yard run, leading to a 4-yard touchdown by fellow running back Knile Davis. That brought the Chiefs to 181 rushing yards, already the most against Seattle in more than a year.

SEA 20, KC 24

Chiefs running back Knile Davis runs in the 4-yard winning touchdown for Kansas City in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Chiefs running back Knile Davis runs in the 4-yard winning touchdown for Kansas City in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

“We’ve got to go back to work and make sure we can figure out how to stop the run game all of a sudden,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “We’ve been doing great, and it’s a strength of ours, so to see that happen is just out of character for us.”

Read more about the Seahawks’ struggles stopping the run

Read more and watch videos of Charles’ run and Davis’ touchdown

 

Failed fourth-down attempts

On consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks went for it on fourth down and came up short.

On the first, with 7:11 left in the game and snapping the ball at the Kansas City 2, Wilson attempted a fade pass to Baldwin that fell incomplete. Baldwin pleaded for a call, to no avail.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin argues with line judge Mark Perlman after he unsuccessfully attempted a catch in the end zone. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin argues with line judge Mark Perlman after he unsuccessfully attempted a catch in the end zone. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

After forcing the Chiefs’ first punt of the game, the Seahawks faced a fourth-and-one from the Kansas City 36 with 3:38 to go. This time, Lynch was stuffed for no gain.

(They also lost the ball on downs on their final possession, with Wilson throwing an incomplete pass on fourth-and-18, pictured below. But at that point, it was all or nothing for Seattle.)

Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali, left, Justin Houston and safety Husain Abdullah (39) get in the way of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's last-ditch attempt to make a long pass to Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson on fourth down in the final moments. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and safety Husain Abdullah get in the way of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s last-ditch attempt to make a long pass to Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson on fourth down in the final moments. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Hard not to admire their bravado (or hubris, depending on whom you ask) — and data suggests teams should go for it on fourth down much more often than they do — but in this case, it didn’t pay off.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks up as his final pass to Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson falls incomplete on fourth down. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks up as his final pass to Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson falls incomplete on fourth down. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

“We need to do better,” Pete Carroll said of the passing game after the loss. But he still said he thought Wilson played a solid game and “did a lot of good things today.”

Read more about whether Pete Carroll’s gambles were a result of a philosophical shift

 

Unger injured

On that first failed fourth-down drive, Seahawks center Max Unger got a high ankle sprain in a pile during a run play and was carted off the field. Unger’s return last week from another injury had been key to Seattle’s run resurgence and more cohesive offensive line.

Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger is loaded on to a cart after he was injured in a play against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger is loaded onto a cart after being injured in a run play during the fourth quarter. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks were on the Kansas City 4-yard line at the time. They soon decided to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the Kansas City 2, but biffed a touchdown pass attempt yet again and gave possession to the Chiefs. The Chiefs couldn’t get a first down and were forced to punt, but losing Unger again was still a huge blow and the Seahawks’ offense struggled through the end of the game.

FINAL: SEA 20, KC 24

Here’s a visual breakdown of the whole game:

Drive chart

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