10 Takeaways of the Chiefs 24-20 win

Despite being gashed by Jamaal Charles, the Seahawks were still in position to beat the Chiefs in Kansas City but the inability to convert scoring opportunities ultimately resulted in a 24-20 loss. Here's Rob Rang's Ten Takeaways of the loss that leaves Seattle at 6-4 and potentially on the outside looking in on current playoff projections.

Win or lose, there is much to learn after each game. What happened on the key plays that turned the game? How did the team fare in individual matchups? Who, if anyone, was injured and how did his replacement(s) fare? These are just of the questions greater Seattle-area resident and football scout Rob Rang will tackle post-game each week for SeahawkFootball.com.

10. The loss of Brandon Mebane and continued absence of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was felt immediately as the Chiefs drove down the length of the field to score a touchdown on their first drive of the game. The 15-play drive went for 86 yards and took 9:01 off the clock - the second longest drive Seattle has allowed all year long. Jamaal Charles gashed the Seahawks for 159 yards and two scores as the Chiefs beat Seattle at their own game.

9. Sometimes taking the field goal is the right move. It might have felt like defeat to attempt a field goal on 4th and goal from the 2-yard line with approximately seven minutes remaining but consider these facts. The Chiefs entered the game ranked first in the NFL in pass defense and had not allowed a rushing touchdown all year. Considering the loss of Max Unger, the crowd and the weather, slicing Kansas City's lead to just one halfway through the fourth quarter would have made a lot of sense.

8. If Unger's injury is as serious as it looked, it could prove as critical a loss to the offensive line as Mebane was to the defensive line. Unger's toughness, athleticism and awareness make him arguably Seattle's most important blocker.

7. Speaking of the defensive line, while you wouldn't know it from the way the Chiefs' gaudy run totals, Kevin Williams did a pretty nice job in replacing Mebane. Williams showed his savvy but varying his speeds off the ball, surprising Kansas City's talented young center Rodney Hudson on two key short-yardage runs to help stuff a 3rd and goal and a 4th down run.

6. Given that they lost in large part because their offense couldn't come up with big plays when needed, it seems wrong to congratulate them, but a 16-play scoring drive was a #Championship caliber answer to Kansas City's initial possession. The key, of course, was feeding Marshawn Lynch as he rattled off three carries for 31 yards to spark the drive. It was great awareness, poise and velocity by Russell Wilson to find Doug Baldwin in the back of the end zone to culminate the drive, as well. As anticipated, rookie right tackle Justin Britt struggled with Kansas City's speed, allowing sacks by Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. The unique blend of size and speed Dontari Poe showcased in running the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds (at 346 pounds) took over the middle, at times, especially after Unger was replaced by Patrick Lewis.

5. What a bizarre series of plays that culminated with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's second quarter fumble. Replay officials correctly determined that Earl Thomas' big hit knocked the ball out of Kelce's hands and that the tight end hadn't been touched down because he was tumbling over K.J. Wright. The Seahawks were fortunate not to draw holding (or pass interference) penalties on the prior two snaps, however, as cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Malcolm Smith each appeared to grab hold of would-be pass-catchers prior to the ball arriving.

4. Wilson has taken plenty of heat for his recent slump but he made some terrific throws in this contest. He showed great poise, vision and touch to loft the ball over the head of Justin Houston, the NFL's leading sacker, to Luke Willson and as well as velocity and accuracy on the scramble-drill touchdown to Doug Baldwin and the back-shoulder fade on the next drive to Jermaine Kearse. He was knocked by the FOX crew (Tony Siragusa, specifically) for not keeping the ball on an apparent read-option play that resulted in Christine Michael getting tackled for a short loss. A second glance showed that Kansas City's Pro Bowl outside linebacker Tamba Hali was in good position to stop Wilson. Hali had his shoulders square, knees bent and eyes on Wilson. It is certainly possible that Wilson would have eluded Hali (and there didn't appear to be any other Chiefs' defenders nearby) but he hardly had the easy lane Siragusa implied.

3. Paul Richardson fumbled the initial kickoff and then gained all of four yards on his second return, pinning the offense back on the 10-yard line after he was gang-tackled there. The Seahawks are trying to manufacture big plays with their rookie speedster but it wasn't surprising that the club switched to Baldwin for their third return. Seattle's inability to get big returns was again starkly contrasted by their opponent. The Chiefs got big returns from Knile Davis and very nearly a 40-yard gain from De'Anthony Thomas.

2. I liked nothing about the 4th and goal play selection. Fades are difficult passes enough but targeting the 5-10, 189 pound Doug Baldwin against the 6-3, 218-pound Sean Smith made little sense from a personnel standpoint. Further, the pass was thrown into the sun, making it that much more difficult for a receiver to come down with it. Sure, the loss of Unger affects the cohesion of the run blocking in short yardage but I would have rather seen a Lynch (or Wilson read-option) on this key play.

1. The loss to Kansas City was disappointing but if there was a game Seattle could afford to lose the rest of the way, this was it. Each of Seattle's remaining six games are NFC opponents with only a December 7 trip to Philadelphia breaking up a five-game stretch of NFC West opponents. Dropping to 6-4 could push the Seahawks out of the "current" playoff projections but taking care of business against the NFC West - starting next week at home against the first-place Arizona Cardinals - means that Seattle still very much controls its own destiny.

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