KC Falls to 0-3 as Seahawks Defeat Chiefs 23-17

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green wanted to make a statement in the last real preseason tune-up before the season opener in two weeks. He did just that on the teams first drive of the game but it was Larry Johnson who stole the show before the Seahawks came back to win the game 23-17 in the second half.

The goal going into Saturday night's contest for Trent Green was to get into a rhythm early on against the Seattle Seahawks. In the first drive of the night, he completed five consecutive passes, the last a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez that showcased the offense many fans wanted to see earlier in the preseason.

Green found a familiar target on Saturday night in Eddie Kennison, who caught three consecutive passes on the opening drive. Kennison was not the only target of Green's pinpoint passing. Back-up tight end Kris Wilson caught a 12-yard pass that set up first and goal from the five yard line. After Priest Holmes lost a couple of yards on the ground, Green found Gonzalez for the first touchdown of the game, giving the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs defense, coming off an improved effort against the Arizona Cardinals a week ago, forced the Seahawks into a three and out. But on the ensuing possession the Chiefs offense turned the ball over. This time Green looked uneasy in the pocket and tried to force a pass to Gonzalez. Instead, the ball fell into the hands of cornerback Andre Dyson who returned it to the Kansas City 46-yard line. On the play, Green had his foot stepped on, and he did not return the rest of the night.

Now if this was a regular season game, Green would have continued, but Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil felt it was best to get Jonathan Quinn some work with the first team offense.

Green, for one, understood the reasoning of sitting out. "With the backup quarterback situation like it is now, we don't know what's going to be from a backup standpoint, whether Todd (Collins) or Damon (Huard) is ready to go. So we need to give Jonathan (Quinn) as much work as we can," Green explained.

After the Seahawks moved the ball down to the Chiefs 35-yard line, defensive end Carlos Hall appeared to have stripped the ball from Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. The ball was temporarily recovered by Chiefs safety Sammy Knight. After the Seahawks challenged the call, Hasselbeck was clearly down by contact before the fumble occurred. The drive stalled when place-kicker Josh Brown missed from 54 yards out.

With Quinn struggling, running back Larry Johnson entered the game and instantly gave the offense a spark. After the Seahawks downed the ball inside the Chiefs 4-yard line, Johnson ripped off an 18-yard run and had another 14-yard run called back thanks to a holding penalty by guard Brian Waters. That put the pressure on Quinn, and he was unable to hit a couple of wide open receivers. After a sack by Seahawks defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs, the Chiefs were forced to punt.

After a short punt by Dustin Colquitt, the Seahawks took over at their own 45-yard line. Facing a first and ten after a late hit by Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen on Matt Hasselbeck, the Seattle quarterback hit a streaking Darrel Jackson for a 36-yard touchdown. On the play, he beat cornerback Patrick Surtain who could not keep up with the speedy receiver. That touchdown made the score 7-7.

Over the next two series the Seahawks and Chiefs offenses failed to produce any significant yardage until Larry Johnson made the games play of the day. With Kansas City pinned at their own 3-yard line, Johnson broke through an opening in the line and sprinted, untouched, 97 yards for his first touchdown of the pre-season. That romp gave the Chiefs a 14-7 lead, and Johnson would rush 147 yards on just nine carries for the night.

Johnson knows the blocking up front was key to making the long touchdown run. "If you go through and nobody even touches you, that's called great blocking," Johnson said. "Then I had to give myself enough energy to get from point A to B. It felt good to go out there like that and get a long run and not even get touched. But if the offensive line doesn't get the initial guys, you aren't going to make it."

Seattle was able to move the ball in the last drive of the half. After Hasselbeck completed a pair of third down passes, kicker Josh Brown hit a 14-yard field goal making the halftime score 14-10.

In the second half, Hasselbeck picked apart the Chiefs secondary on their opening drive. The Seahawks quarterback ended a masterful 72-yard scoring drive when he flipped a pass into the flat to running back Shaun Alexander who strolled into the end zone, giving Seattle a 17-14 third quarter lead. It was a lead they would never give up. The Seahawks added a pair of field goals, and Kansas City's Lawrence Tynes chipped in a picture perfect 23-yard effort that seemed to slow down talk of brining in another kicker.

The Chiefs did manage to get the ball inside the Seahawks 10-yard line in the final seconds, but Jonathan Quinn was unable to complete his final four passes and turned the ball over on downs with .01 seconds left in the game.

The Chiefs will play their final exhibition game of the year next Friday in St. Louis against the Rams.

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