Chiefs vs. Seahawks: 5 Key Plays That May Have Cost Seattle the Game

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Chiefs vs. Seahawks: 5 Key Plays That May Have Cost Seattle the Game
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The morning after the big hyped-up NFL game at Qwest Field yesterday between “division-leading” Kansas City Chiefs and the semi-hapless Seattle Seahawks, Costco reported a surge in Prozac sales by the case.

Seahawk fans were snapping up available supplies, not for Christmas presents, but to ease their own withered egos and bitter agony, despondent over the humiliating loss to their former division rivals.

Meanwhile, newspaper columnists and pundits breaking down the game had little to say other than the team just isn’t all that good.

Most fans and team officials alike are scratching their heads this morning, pondering how a professional football team can look so bad a week after looking pretty good.

Befuddlement and fan squealing could be heard on talk radio stations across the state with suicide teams put on special alert.

Of Seattle’s five victories, three have come from within the division. Two others were against decent teams, second place AFC West (6-5) San Diego and first place NFC North (8-3) Chicago.

Recent losses have suggested this team is a bit schizophrenic, if not a bit moody. Some days they play like Super Bowl contenders, while other days they play like the Middlethorpe Floundering Eagles of eight-man junior high football.

Of their most recent losses, one was against the second place NFC East (7-4) NY Giants 41-7, who the next week lost to last place Dallas 33-20. Second place NFC South (8-3) New Orleans beat the Seahawks 36-18, and then came yesterday’s loss to AFC West division-leading (7-4) Kansas City. And who can forget the putrid loss early in the season to the now last place NFC West (3-8) Denver Broncos 31-14?

Yesterday after the game, even normally skippy coach Pete Carroll was fed up, saying how disappointed he was with the team in general. There had been too many dropped passes and failed third downs.

“We’ll not come into this home stadium and play that terrible again,” he said, although those words sound very similar to those uttered after the NY Giants debacle.

Yet the fact that the Seattle is leading the division after 11 games, crappy or not, is a near miracle considering that Carroll’s management team has overseen 260 roster moves in 10 months with almost a dozen new starters.

But rather than wail woefully at the injustice of it all, perhaps it might be more productive to examine the five biggest plays of the game. What made the Seahawks lose, and how could things have changed if just a handful of plays had gone differently?

Yes, it was 42-24 by the time it was over, and yes, Seattle had a mere 20 yards rushing compared to Kansas City’s 270. But as with most games, statistics are a reflection of the momentum. If the momentum changes, so do the statistics.

Here now are the top five things that had they gone differently for Seahawks yesterday, we Seattle fans may have been dancing on rooftops rather than about to stick our heads under running lawnmowers.

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