Column - Pete Moris
Chiefs vs Seahawks - Game 7Oct 23, 2006, 10:10:38 AM
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-3)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (4-2)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2006 – 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
ARROWHEAD STADIUM – KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
TV: FOX Regional Coverage (WDAF-4 in Kansas City) – Matt Vasgersian, Jayice Pearson and Jay
RADIO: KCFX-FM (101.1) – Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Bob Gretz and Bill Grigsby.
Kansas City hosts Seattle as the Seahawks make their first appearance at Arrowhead Stadium as a member of the National Football Conference. These former AFC West foes haven’t met in Kansas City since the Chiefs claimed a 19-7 victory (11/25/01). The Chiefs are now guided by head coach Herm Edwards, while the Seahawks are coming off their first-ever Super Bowl appearance after posting a 13-3 mark under Mike Holmgren in 2005.
The Chiefs own a 3-3 record and are seeking to get above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Kansas City has won eight of its last nine home games and owns an NFL-best 19-4 (.826) mark against NFC opponents at Arrowhead dating back to ‘95. The Seahawks boast a 4-2 record and are tied with St. Louis atop the NFC West standings. Seattle had a 12-game home winning streak snapped when it dropped a 31-13 decision last week vs. Minnesota (10/22).
The Chiefs are coming off a huge, 30-27 win vs. San Diego (10/22). K Lawrence Tynes booted a career-long 53-yard FG with 0:06 left in the contest to give the Chiefs an important division victory and a much-needed dose of momentum. Kansas City’s defense forced three turnovers, while RB Larry Johnson posted a season-high 132 rushing yards and TE Tony Gonzalez added six catches for 138 yards.
Chiefs QB Damon Huard owns a 3-2 record as Kansas City’s starter and has filled in admirably after two-time Pro Bowl QB Trent Green was injured on Opening Day. Huard, who starred at the University of Washington and prepped at Puyallup High School, will face his hometown team for the first time as an NFL starter. QB Seneca Wallace finished last week’s contest after Seahawks two-time Pro Bowl QB Matt Hasselbeck suffered a knee injury. The former Iowa State signal caller has never started a regular season NFL contest.
Up next for Kansas City is a Governor’s Cup clash at St. Louis (11/5) followed by a trip to Miami (11/12). Seattle
returns home next week for a Monday Night Football contest vs. Oakland (11/6).
Kansas City owns a 30-18 (.625) record in regular season play against Seattle. The two teams were regular combatants in the AFC West from ‘77-01 before realignment moved the Seahawks to the NFC. The most recent regular season meeting between the two teams resulted in a 39-32 Seattle win at Seahawks Stadium (11/24/02).
Kansas City’s last win against the Seahawks was a 19-7 win at Arrowhead (11/25/01). The Chiefs also posted a 24-17
victory against Seattle at Arrowhead (10/2/00) in a Monday Night Football contest that was also simulcast to 4,391 fans
at Kauffman Stadium. The combined 82,893 fans who watched the contest at marked the largest crowd ever assembled to
witness a Chiefs game at the Truman Sports Complex.
The Chiefs hold a 17-8 (.680) edge in regular season competition against the Seahawks dating back to ‘90, including a stellar 10-2 (.833) mark at Arrowhead. The Chiefs won eight straight contests against the Seahawks at Arrowhead from ‘91-98. Seattle has won four of its last five regular season meetings with KC in the Northwest. KC was 10-11 (.476) all-time against Seattle at the Kingdome, but owns a 20-7 (.741) all-time regular season record in outdoor contests vs. the Seahawks (19-5 at Arrowhead, 1-1 at Husky Stadium and 0-1 at Seahawks Stadium, now known as Qwest Field).
One of the most memorable games in the Chiefs-Seahawks series was a 17-16 Seattle win at Arrowhead (11/11/90) as the late LB Derrick Thomas registered an NFL-record 7.0 sacks. However, sack number 8.0 slipped through his grasp as QB Dave Krieg threw the game-winning 25-yard TD to WR Paul Skansi on the game’s final play.