The Seahawks' top runner took off the mask and phones in time to run for 68 yards on 12 carries -- including four consecutive times to begin the 16-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that tied the game early in the second quarter. Doug Baldwin's 7-yard touchdown pass from scrambling Russell Wilson capped the longest drive of Seattle's season -- and it settled a game that had the feel of a Chiefs stampede early.
The Seahawks' defense then allowed a lightning-like, four-play, 80-yard drive to Jamaal Charles' second touchdown run of the half.
The offense has done its part -- except inside the Kansas City 20. It has 212 yards at halftime. With Lynch and Robert Turbin running and Wilson scrambling, Seattle gained 114 yards on drives of 13 plays and eight plays to end the half -- but netted just two field goals by Steven Hauschka instead of touchdowns. Jermaine Kearse had a would-be TD pass bounce off him, after Earl Thomas had forced a Chiefs fumble that Jordan Hill recovered near midfield.
Hill and fill-in starter Kevin Williams have been turned and moved by Chiefs double-team blocks, highlighting how much Seattle misses nose tackle Brandon Mebane. Mebane was devouring those blocks before he tore his hamstring last week. He is now out for the season, and Seahawks linebackers are getting blocked regularly today instead of making tackles at the line of scrimmage on running plays. The Chiefs have 94 yards on 12 rushes.
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Wilson is 10 for 17 passing for 94 yards.
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