KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 27, 2005) -- Larry Johnson showed Mike Holmgren something he never wants to see again.
"The Chiefs will be able to run pretty well against most people," said the Seattle coach. "Having said that, a 97-yard run -- you never want to see another one of those. You never expect that. Take that one out and I think we had a decent job defensively."
Matt Hasselbeck hit 22 of 33 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns for the Seahawks (2-1), who had played Dallas on Monday night and had very little time to prepare for the Chiefs.
Darrell Jackson, used only sparingly the first two preseason games, caught seven passes for 99 yards and one touchdown over the winless and quarterback-challenged Kansas City.
With the Nos. 2 and 3 quarterbacks sidelined by injury, the Chiefs last week signed Jonathan Quinn, a journeyman whose career appeared over when nobody invited him to training camp. After two series, a sharp-looking Trent Green came out and Quinn came on for his first game action since he was with the Chicago Bears last year.
Quinn, who has appeared in 17 games the past seven years with Jacksonville, Kansas City and Chicago, went the rest of the way and was 11-of-23 for 126 yards. He was sacked twice, and missed three times from the Seattle 9 in the closing seconds.
"Early in the week (Green) had a numbness develop in his calf that went down into his toe," said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "He could play, but after the second series, because it was bothering him, we just took him out. It comes and goes."
|Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez opened the scoring with his touchdown grab.|
"I wasn't sure," he said. "I hadn't played, wasn't invited to a training camp. I was just hoping to get in somewhere before the year was over. It felt good to get out there and play some football."
Jackson, who had been limited to just one catch for 3 yards in the first two exhibition games while the Seahawks took a look at other receivers, capped a three-play, 55-yard drive in the first quarter by beating cornerback Patrick Surtain, one of Kansas City's key offseason acquisitions, on a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Surtain was also beaten on a couple of Hasselbeck's other passes.
"It was just one of those nights," he said. "We have a lot of things to improve on, but we did a lot of things pretty good tonight."
Johnson, who's been complaining for two years of not getting enough carries behind Priest Holmes, broke through a big hole in the second quarter and went 97 yards for the Chiefs' second TD. Pro Bowl fullback Tony Richardson gave him a great block and he burst into the secondary and outran the pursuit.
"I was kind of hesitant because I can't believe how open (the hole) was," he said. "Usually you're waiting for a linebacker to make a move and there was no one. Once I got through and saw that I could explode, I did. I was running like a pack of wolves were after me."
Green was flawless on his first six passes. He was 5-for-5 in an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the Chiefs' first possession, capped by his 4-yarder to Tony Gonzalez, who used his 6-foot-5 height to outjump 6-0 Tracy White.
"With the quarterback situation like it is right now, we don't know what it's going to be from a backup standpoint," Green said. "Then we scored on the first drive and were moving the ball and the one bad play. So we said, 'You know what? Everything's moving pretty good. Why take any chances?' I understand where coach is coming from."