Chiefs dominate Seahawks on offense and protection, maintain No. 1 seed hopes alive

Now that the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have clinched the AFC West for a seventh straight time, edge rusher Frank Clark consider larger issues are in retailer for his workforce.

“Our goal is to win the conference,” Clark stated. “We want to win the conference first, secure homefield advantage. And then we have fun throughout the playoffs and when we get to the big dance, we just crush them. That’s the goal here in Kansas City.”

Clark’s Chiefs took one other step towards attaining that aim by overpowering his former workforce, the Seattle Seahawks, 24-10 within the frigid chilly of Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.

The Chiefs improved their report to 12-3 on the yr — the workforce’s fifth straight season with not less than 12 wins — as Kansas Metropolis tries to wrestle the highest seed within the AFC playoffs away from Buffalo Payments (12-3), 35-13 winners over the Chicago Bears. The Payments personal the No. 1 seed due to their win at Kansas Metropolis earlier this yr. 

Seattle dropped to 7-8 on the yr. The Seahawks have misplaced 5 of their final six video games however nonetheless have an opportunity to succeed in the postseason with two video games remaining.

Patrick Mahomes did simply sufficient offensively for the Chiefs, ending 16-of-28 for 224 passing yards, with two landing passes and no interceptions. Mahomes additionally rushed for a 3-yard rating.

Travis Kelce led the Chiefs with six receptions for 113 yards. Additionally, for the primary time in 11 video games, Kansas Metropolis completed with out a turnover.

“Ball security ends up being important with how the defense was playing,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid stated. “The defense was playing well, so we didn’t force anything on the offensive side, although we were trying to score touchdowns. … But things weren’t clicking. If it wasn’t for the defense playing well, that could have been a real issue.”

How dangerous was it for Geno Smith and Seattle’s offense? They didn’t get a primary down on the workforce’s first 4 possessions and have been held to 98 whole yards within the first half because the Chiefs ran out to a 17-3 halftime lead. Linebacker Nick Bolton led the Chiefs with 17 mixed tackles, eclipsing a franchise report held by Donnie Edwards with 10-plus tackles in eight video games this season.

Smith, who was voted into his first Professional Bowl this season, couldn’t get something happening offense. The West Virginia product completed 25-of 40 for 215 yards, with an 8-yard landing to tight finish Noah Fant with the sport already determined and an interception within the fourth quarter corralled by defensive again Juan Thornhill.

Seattle’s Ken Walker III was efficient operating the soccer, ending with 107 dashing yards on 26 carries. However the Seahawks struggled to get the ball into the tip zone.

Seattle went for it on fourth down thrice inside Kansas Metropolis territory as an alternative of kicking a discipline aim and did not convert all thrice. The Seahawks completed 2-of-14 on third down.

Earlier than the sport, Seattle’s receiver warmed up shirtless within the freezing chilly at Arrowhead.

Kadarius Toney acquired into the tip zone for Kansas Metropolis to open the scoring on a shovel go from Patrick Mahomes for an 8-yard rating. Mahomes then linked with Jerick McKinnon for a 9-yard reception, giving the Chiefs a 14-0 lead. Harrison Butker elevated that benefit to 17-0 with a 47-yard discipline aim.

The Seahawks lastly acquired on the scoreboard on the finish of the primary half with a 22-yard discipline aim by Jason Myers, his twenty second straight made discipline aim. The large play of the drive was a Smith 35-yard completion to DK Metcalf, who led Seattle with seven receptions for 81 yards.

Mahomes’ landing run and Fant’s landing reception accomplished the scoring within the second half.

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Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, masking the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Comply with him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams

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