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Week 16 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 31, Seattle Seahawks 38

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Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 38-31, dropping their record to 11-4 on the season. Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 40 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 33 yards. Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 103 yards and caught seven passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill led the chiefs with four receptions for 74 yards, and Chris Conley chipped in three catches for 54 yards. Travis Kelce had a quiet game, catching five passes for 54 yards.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks made a huge statement against the Chiefs, proving that they can hang with the best: in the running game, passing game, and on defense. Chris Carson, the for-a-while-now lead back, turned in a stellar game and finished with a couple of hard earned scores. Russell Wilson somehow topped that performance, with three scores of his own through the air, and several highlight worthy plays, including a dazzling and miraculous rushing display as he seemed to escape numerous sacks, ending the day with 57 yards on the ground. His receivers, namely Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, were the main beneficiaries of his success, though both TEs also got in on the scoring.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 40 - 273 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 33 - 0
Patrick Mahomes 23 of 40 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 33 yards in the Chiefs loss to the Seahawks on Sunday night. The Seahawks did a very good job of limiting the Chiefs ability to break big plays, as Mahomes had only three passing plays of 20+ yards on the day, with Hill, Kelce and Charcandrick West all contributing one catch to that total. Mahomes first passing touchdown of the day came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the two yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and dropped back as though he was going to hand off to Williams, who came through the right side of the line and took off to the right flat. Williams was wide open and Mahomes dumped off the pass to him for the easy two yard touchdown. Mahomes next touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Seattle 25 yard line. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with West lined up in the backfield to his right. Mahomes took the snap and after looking to his right, was chased out of the pocket toward the left sideline. Mahomes looked to tuck the ball in and commit to running the ball, but just as he hit the line of scrimmage, Mahomes changed his mind and threw the ball against his body to West who was running up the center of the field. Despite the difficulty of the throw, Mahomes hit West perfectly in stride, and there was no Seahawk sight to stop West from scoring the 25 yard touchdown. Mahomes final touchdown pass of the day came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from the Seattle 11 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and after going through his progressions, was chased out of the pocket to his right. While on the run, Mahomes threw a highly accurate pass to DeMarcus Robinson who was coming back to his quarterback on the right side of the endzone. Mahomes threw the pass where only his receiver could make the catch, and Robinson made a nice snag while keeping his feet in bounds for the 11 yard touchdown.

RB Damien Williams, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 103 - 0, Rec: 7 - 37 - 1 (7 targets)
Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 103 yards, while also catching seven passes for 37 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Mahomes stats in this game were pretty good, but the reality is that Williams was the Chiefs most important player, as without his ability to pick up yards in the run game, the offense would have continued to stall against a Seahawks defense that took away their ability to create plays down the field. A great example of this came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from their own 25 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Williams came across the front of Mahomes and rushed to the left side of the line. Despite getting cut off in the backfield, Williams cut back to the center of the field and then bounced the ball back outside to the left sideline. He was chased to the sideline and looked to pick up a solid 10 yard gain, but Williams wasn’t done. He managed to tip-toe along the sideline and pick up another 15 yards before finally being pushed out of bounds. Williams had four runs of 15+ yards and was also active in the passing game, catching all seven of this targets. Williams receiving touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the two yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and dropped back and Williams took off immediately to the right flat on an our-route. Williams was wide open and Mahomes dumped off the pass to him for the easy two yard touchdown

WR Tyreek Hill, 58 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 17 - 0, Rec: 4 - 74 - 0 (9 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught four passes 74 yards on nine targets, while also rushing two times for 17 yards. The Seahawks defense stepped up to the challenge in this game, limiting the Chiefs offense to the short and intermediate passing game and swarming every time Kelce or Hill touched the ball, which was not often. In fact, Hill did not record his first catch until the middle of the third quarter and was met with the Seattle secondary shortly after making the catch. Hill’s biggest catch of the day came with the Chiefs facing a third and four from the Seattle 35 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately looked left to Hill, who was running a straight go-route from the slot down the left sideline. Hill had his man beat to the outside from the jump, and Mahomes threw a nice ball down the sideline and dropped it in perfectly to Hill on the run. Mahomes might have waited a touch too long because Hill had his man beat and it could have been an easy touchdown, but the way the Seattle secondary played, it is hard to argue against his decision when it was one of their longest plays of the game.

WR Chris Conley, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 54 - 0 (5 targets)
Chris Conley caught three passes for 54 yards on five targets in the Chiefs loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Conley saw the fourth most targets on the team, which has been consistent since he took over Sammy Watkins in the starting lineup. Conley was able to find room in the Seattle secondary that the other Chiefs receivers were not, as all of his catches went for longer than 13 yards. Conley’s only blemish on the day came just before the half when he caught a 23 yard pass from Mahomes, but fumbled away the ball after trying to make a play. There was not much time on the clock, so the mistake was not as costly as it would have otherwise been, but Conley is competing for touches early in his career and any turnover is a troubling one for the young receiver, as he’s had problems with drops in the past.

TE Travis Kelce, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 54 - 0 (9 targets)
Travis Kelce caught five passes for 54 yards on nine targets in the Chiefs loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Kelce came into the game having scored in five of his last seven games, and he should have had an early touchdown, but was overthrown by Mahomes on a play where he had the Seattle secondary beat. This was just the second time in the last 13 weeks that Kelce had failed to reach 60+ yards receiving, although he did extend his streak of five or more catches to 14 weeks. The Seahawks secondary paid extra attention to Kelce, who had been tearing up defenses all season, but in this game he found it tough to create any meaningful separation. Mahomes did target Kelce nine times, with two of those throws going for 40 of Kelce’s 54 yards, but his other three were quick strikes that were quickly snuffed out by the Seattle defense. Kelce had set career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns (98/1274/10) and will look to close out the regular season on a high note against a porous Oakland secondary.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, 80 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 29 - 271 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 57 - 0
Where to begin with Russell Wilson? He had an incredible game, sending a message that he and the Seahawks are no ordinary Wild Card team (and perhaps a message to Patrick Mahomes, that said something like ‘As good as you are, you’ve got a lot to learn yet, Young Grasshopper”). Wilson was phenomenal in the pocket, with patience and accuracy aplenty, and a sixth sense for when the pass rush was anywhere near. He threw nearly identical – and absolutely perfect – deep completions down the sideline to both Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin (Baldwin’s for a TD), as each receiver was completely, or seemingly, wrapped up by their defender. Wilson evaded more than one sure sack with a miraculous move to get free, finishing with over 50 yards on the ground. And while his confidence in Doug Baldwin has never been greater – with nearly half of his targets going that way – he also found each TE for a score. On the first one, to Nick Vannett, he played it perfectly. Wilson held onto what looked like a simple read option play, but then seeing a defender in his face, very quickly found Vannett in the flat near the goal line. Later, he would find Ed Dickson for a key first down and a TD. Wilson’s heroics were exactly that against the Chiefs: Heroic. He rose to the occasion, and brought the rest of the offense with him.

RB Chris Carson, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 27 - 116 - 2
Let’s be honest – stat line aside, game in and game out, you could say the same things about Carson: He runs hard; follows his blockers well; is tough to take down; runs a little better over the middle than to the outside; and is the clear lead runner for the Seahawks. For about the first eight weeks, he was the greater part of a timeshare. But at this point in the season, his role is clearly much more than that. Not quite workhorse back, but very, very close. And he continues to earn every touch. Sure, he’s a bit better when working with a lead blocker, but he sure proved he can handle things on his own as well. On the late touchdown, from one yard out, Carson was hit at the line of scrimmage on a left off tackle, but kept his momentum going – then, was hit by a second defender, and STILL won the battle, pushing both back and crossing the goal line defiantly, as if on a mission. He really does seem to be better with each week gone by.

RB Mike Davis, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 31 - 0 (1 targets)
Davis actually looked like a formidable match for the Chiefs defense, as he was very hard to take down, but played too sparingly to make an impact on the score sheet. It’s worth noting that among his seven carries, two were in the red zone. Though he is getting fewer carries than he did earlier in the season, Davis is not exactly being used as a typical ‘change-of-pace’ back. More like a pour-on-the-power-a-little-bit-more running back, when Carson needs a breather.

WR Doug Baldwin, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 126 - 1 (12 targets)
Baldwin had the kind of game that could fill this page. He is once again Russell Wilson’s clear number one, as evidenced by being targeted on nearly half (44%) of Russell Wilson’s passes. As if there was any doubt, it would appear that the Baldwin of old, is indeed, back. On each reception, Baldwin beat his man, plain and simple. The Chiefs were covering him fairly well, but it wasn’t enough to stop him. This was never more apparent than on his deep sideline catch, in which he was quite covered yet still made it look easy, as he pulled in the ball and managed to dive to the goal line pylon for the score, while still in bounds. Oh, and also, he wasn’t done yet. Late in the game, he caught another highlight reel catch, reaching out with his fingertips and pulling the ball in as he was pulled down at the one-yard line.

WR Tyler Lockett, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 99 - 0 (5 targets)
Lockett seemed to be forgotten until late in the first half; he most definitely had taken a back seat to Doug Baldwin, who commanded nearly half (!) of Russell Wilson’s targets. When called upon, however, Lockett proved as reliable as ever. He had a knack for finding a little pocket in the zone defense, and Wilson hit him a few times when he found similar openings. Unfortunately, Lockett never found much room to run after the catch, an area he usually excels in. He had one big play, a perfect catch down the sideline, while covered very tightly; and, as he seems to at least once per game, also drew a crucial pass interference call on a pass that could have been a TD. It’s safe to say his value has taken a slight hit – but, as defenses are reminded to key on the red-hot Baldwin, Lockett should have no trouble picking up the slack.

WR David Moore, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (3 targets)
As Lockett has slid down the depth chart with Baldwin’s return to prominence, David Moore has slid even further into obscurity. He was targeted on a medium button hook, but had no separation, and therefore no chance at the ball. He had (yet another!) catch in the end zone, but was unable to come down in bounds; this has been a recurring theme over the past few games. On his lone catch, late in the game, he won a hard fought battle for a first down.