On the legs of Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Kansas City held off the Super Bowl Championship Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday by a score of 24-20. Arrowhead is a loud and difficult place to play for visiting teams; however Seattle does know a little something about that.
The loss brings Seattle to an overall record of 6-4 while the Chiefs improve to an impressive 7-3, tied with the Denver Broncos atop the AFC West.
Aside from Charles’ stellar performance of 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the Chiefs defense stepped up in the fourth quarter holding Seattle on fourth down three times to secure the victory.
In the loss, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns while running back Marshawn Lynch racked up 124 yards on the ground for the Seahawks. Lynch, who was coming off a four touchdown game, was stuffed twice with the outcome hanging in the balance.
It made sense that this matchup of two returning playoff teams would turn into a back-and-forth situation. Both the Seahawks and Chiefs are cut from the same cloth; stout defenses with solid running games.
Life doesn’t get any easier for the Seahawks who have been rumored to be having some discord in the locker room, as they are set to battle the NFL’s best record 9-1 Arizona Cardinals next week. The Chiefs will travel to Oakland to play the winless Raiders.