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Seahawks clinch playoff berth outlasting Chiefs 38-31

SEATTLE (AP) Doubted before the season began, questioned even more after a 0-2 start, the Seattle Seahawks are back where they've spent most seasons since Pete Carroll arrived.

The Seahawks are in the playoffs and perhaps as the type of opponent no one would like to see in the postseason.

''You hear it. You hear the noise. You hear the 4-12 predictions, the 5-11 and that stuff motivates you,'' Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said. ''We kept believing.''

Seattle clinched its spot in the NFC playoffs after toppling Kansas City 38-31 on Sunday night, thanks to three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and a pair of TD runs by Chris Carson.

Wilson got the better of Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes and helped lead Seattle back to the postseason after missing the playoffs a year ago. Seattle has now made the playoffs in seven of the nine seasons with Carroll in charge, and six of seven with Wilson at quarterback.

It was an unexpected accomplishment after Seattle overhauled its roster in the offseason. But the discovery of the best run game in the NFL, coupled with vets like Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Doug Baldwin was enough for Seattle to navigate its way into the postseason.

''There's an emotion to it that's deep and it's because there wasn't very many people that thought we could do this,'' Carroll said. ''Most everybody thought we didn't have a chance and to hang together, hang through it, we got it done before the season is even over.''

The Seahawks (9-6) can wrap up the No. 5 seed and a matchup with Dallas by beating Arizona in Week 17.

Wilson was 18 of 29 for 271 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 7:31 left for his third TD. But it was Seattle's next drive that stood out as the best run team in the NFL put the game on the arm of its quarterback and receivers in the fourth quarter.

Leading 31-28, Wilson hit David Moore for 7 yards to convert a key third-down and after Kansas City used its first timeout with 3:04 left. He followed with a 45-yard strike to Tyler Lockett, and Baldwin added a one-handed catch for 29 yards to the Chiefs 1. Carson capped the decisive drive with his second TD run with 2:29 left gave Seattle a 38-28 lead.

Carson rushed for 116 yards, while Baldwin had seven catches for 126 yards and an acrobatic 27-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

''When it's our time to make plays and we're given opportunities to make plays, we are going to make them. We have shown that,'' Baldwin said.

Mahomes had a few of his own magical moments that will enhance his MVP candidacy. But for the second straight week the Chiefs (11-4) were unable to come through with a victory that would have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and will go into Week 17 with the chance of being division champs for find themselves on the road for the opening weekend of the postseason.

''I know if you take care of business, you don't have to talk about anything,'' Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. ''When we play the way we can play, and we are going to play, we are a tough team.''

Mahomes was 23 of 40 for 273 and three TDs. Mahomes had only 83 yards passing in the first half. He had 76 and was 6 of 6 on Kansas City's first possession of the second half, finishing the drive with a scrambling, sidearm fling to Charcandrick West for a 25-yard touchdown that pulled the Chiefs even at 17-all midway through the third quarter.

That was the last time the teams were tied.

Harrison Butker's 32-yard field goal with 1:20 left pulled the Chiefs within seven, but the onside kick went out of bounds and Seattle ran out the clock.

''It's frustrating knowing that we've had it so close both times,'' Mahomes said. ''Luckily we are still in the position where we will have the opportunity to go out there and win it next week.''

Damien Williams rushed for 103 yards and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in the first half. But Seattle managed to keep Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce from taking over and the Seahawks pass rush did enough to disrupt the Chiefs passing attack. Mahomes was sacked only once, but was hit 11 times. Kelce had five catches; Hill had four. Neither scored.

''We knew (Hill) and (Kelce) were the go-to guys and if you eliminate those two guys you have a good chance of winning,'' Wright said.

RECORD WATCH

Carson became the first Seattle running back since Marshawn Lynch in 2014 to have 1,000 yards rushing. ... Kelce passed Tony Gonzalez for most yards receiving in a single season by a tight end in Chiefs history. ... Mahomes has 31 touchdown passes on the road, most in NFL history. Tom Brady had 29 in 2007. ... Wilson is first QB in NFL history with winning record in each of first seven seasons.

INJURIES

Kansas City running back Darrel Williams suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. Seattle's banged up offensive line saw J.R. Sweezy go down with an ankle injury in the second quarter and he did not return. D.J. Fluker, who was only supposed to play a limited number of snaps filled in and played the entire second half.

KICKING IT

Seattle had kicking concerns arise after Sebastian Janikowski was roughed on a field goal attempt in the second half. He was able to hit a 28-yard field goal later in the drive, but it was punter Michael Dickson handling the next two kickoffs with drop kicks. Dickson has done it in special situations this season.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Kansas City hosts Oakland in Week 17.

Seahawks: Seattle hosts Arizona to close out the regular season.

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Key Players
P. Mahomes 15 QB
273 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, 33 RuYds
33
FPTS
R. Wilson 3 QB
271 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, 57 RuYds
33
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:23
H.Butker 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
5
plays
16
yds
1:09
pos
31
38
Point After TD 2:29
S.Janikowski extra point is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
plays
yds
pos
28
38
Touchdown 2:29
C.Carson left guard for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
2:07
pos
28
37
Two Point Conversion 4:36
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. P.Mahomes rushes up the middle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
28
31
Touchdown 4:36
P.Mahomes pass short right to D.Robinson for 11 yards TOUCHDOWN [D.Jordan].
9
plays
72
yds
2:55
pos
26
31
Point After TD 7:31
S.Janikowski extra point is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
plays
yds
pos
20
31
Touchdown 7:31
J.Hunt reported in as eligible. R.Wilson pass short middle to E.Dickson for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
70
yds
2:57
pos
20
30
Field Goal 10:32
H.Butker 29 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
10
plays
60
yds
3:45
pos
20
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:45
S.Janikowski extra point is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown 0:45
R.Wilson pass deep left to D.Baldwin for 27 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
4:33
pos
17
23
Point After TD 5:18
H.Butker extra point is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 5:18
P.Mahomes pass short left to C.West for 25 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
83
yds
4:09
pos
16
17
Field Goal 9:30
S.Janikowski 28 yard field goal is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
12
plays
65
yds
5:33
pos
10
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:26
S.Janikowski extra point is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 5:30
R.Wilson pass short right to N.Vannett for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN [D.Sorensen].
6
plays
21
yds
3:13
pos
10
13
Point After TD 11:21
H.Butker extra point is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 11:21
P.Mahomes pass short right to Dam. Williams for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
74
yds
5:26
pos
9
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:38
H.Butker 54 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Winchester Holder-D.Colquitt.
8
plays
39
yds
2:21
pos
3
7
Point After TD 8:55
S.Janikowski extra point is GOOD Center-T.Ott Holder-M.Dickson.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:55
C.Carson right guard for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
78
yds
5:06
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 24:58 35:02
1st Downs 22 31
Rushing 6 11
Passing 16 15
Penalty 0 5
3rd Down Conv 5-12 7-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 419 464
Total Plays 60 75
Avg Gain 7.0 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 154 210
Rush Attempts 19 43
Avg Rush Yards 8.1 4.9
Net Yards Passing 265 254
Comp. - Att. 23-40 18-29
Yards Per Pass 6.6 8.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-8 3-17
Penalties - Yards 8-76 3-20
Touchdowns 3 5
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 3 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 3-2 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 3-43.7 3-34.7
Return Yards 114 45
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-13
Kickoffs - Returns 4-114 1-32
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 6/7
Extra Points 2/2 5/5
Field Goals 3/3 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 4-6 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 3-3 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Chiefs 11-4 3771431
Seahawks 9-6 77101438
265 PASS YDS 254
154 RUSH YDS 210
419 TOTAL YDS 464
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
P. Mahomes 15 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.5% 273 3 0 103.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.4% 4816 48 11 114.0
P. Mahomes 23/40 273 3 0 33
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
Da. Williams 26 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 103 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 205 3
Da. Williams 13 103 0 25 17
P. Mahomes 15 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
58 271 2
P. Mahomes 3 33 0 22 33
T. Hill 10 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 136 0
T. Hill 2 17 0 9 8
C. West 30 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
C. West 1 1 0 0 9
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Hill 10 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 4 74 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 82 1378 11
T. Hill 9 4 74 0 32 8
C. Conley 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 334 5
C. Conley 5 3 54 0 23 3
T. Kelce 87 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 5 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 98 1274 10
T. Kelce 9 5 54 0 23 5
C. West 30 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 37 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 37 1
C. West 3 2 37 1 0 9
Da. Williams 26 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 7 37 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 152 2
Da. Williams 7 7 37 1 12 17
D. Robinson 11 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 17 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 199 3
D. Robinson 3 2 17 1 11 7
K. Benjamin 81 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 371 1
K. Benjamin 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Harris 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 164 3
D. Harris 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Ward 35 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 0 0.0
C. Ward 7-1 0.0 0 0
S. Nelson 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-10 4 0.0
S. Nelson 5-1 0.0 0 0
A. Hitchens 53 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
76-50 0 0.0
A. Hitchens 5-7 0.0 0 0
R. Ragland 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-36 0 0.0
R. Ragland 4-6 0.0 0 0
D. Sorensen 49 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-11 0 0.0
D. Sorensen 4-4 0.0 0 0
E. Berry 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
E. Berry 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Ford 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-13 0 11.5
D. Ford 3-4 0.5 0 0
J. Houston 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-7 1 7.0
J. Houston 3-0 1.0 0 0
C. Jones 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-5 1 15.5
C. Jones 2-1 1.5 0 0
D. Nnadi 91 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-17 0 0.0
D. Nnadi 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. O'Daniel 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-11 0 0.0
D. O'Daniel 1-1 0.0 0 0
X. Williams 98 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-21 0 2.0
X. Williams 1-4 0.0 0 0
A. Bailey 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-10 0 6.0
A. Bailey 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Butker 7 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
24/27 60/64
H. Butker 3/3 54 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Colquitt 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 48.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
44 45.3 20
D. Colquitt 3 48.0 1 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Smith 39 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 28.5 61 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
32 26.9 97 0
T. Smith 4 28.5 61 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
R. Wilson 3 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.1% 271 3 0 127.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66% 3296 34 6 112.7
R. Wilson 18/29 271 3 0 33
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Carson 32 RB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
27 116 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
228 1029 8
C. Carson 27 116 2 17 23
R. Wilson 3 QB
33
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 57 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 378 0
R. Wilson 8 57 0 26 33
M. Davis 27 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
105 470 3
M. Davis 7 31 0 10 3
J. McKissic 21 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
J. McKissic 1 6 0 6 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Baldwin 89 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 7 126 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 591 5
D. Baldwin 12 7 126 1 29 18
T. Lockett 16 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 99 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 899 9
T. Lockett 5 4 99 0 45 9
E. Dickson 84 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 19 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 143 3
E. Dickson 3 3 19 1 18 7
N. Vannett 81 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 11 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 252 3
N. Vannett 2 2 11 1 10 7
J. Brown 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 159 5
J. Brown 1 1 9 0 9 0
D. Moore 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 429 5
D. Moore 3 1 7 0 7 0
M. Davis 27 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 202 1
M. Davis 1 0 0 0 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Wagner 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
75-51 1 1.0
B. Wagner 6-6 0.0 0 0
B. McDougald 30 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-12 3 0.0
B. McDougald 5-2 0.0 0 0
D. Jordan 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 0 1.0
D. Jordan 4-1 1.0 0 1
F. Clark 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-8 1 12.0
F. Clark 4-0 0.0 0 0
Sh. Griffin 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-5 2 0.0
Sh. Griffin 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. King 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
A. King 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Coleman 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-11 1 0.0
J. Coleman 2-1 0.0 0 1
K. Wright 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
K. Wright 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Flowers 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-12 0 0.0
T. Flowers 2-1 0.0 0 0
B. Mingo 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-11 0 1.0
B. Mingo 1-0 0.0 0 0
Sh. Griffin 49 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
Sh. Griffin 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Green 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.0
R. Green 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Hill 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-8 0 0.0
D. Hill 0-2 0.0 0 0
S. Stephen 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-13 0 2.0
S. Stephen 0-2 0.0 0 0
J. Reed 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-16 0 8.0
J. Reed 0-3 0.0 0 0
P. Ford 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
P. Ford 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Janikowski 11 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
20/25 45/48
S. Janikowski 1/2 28 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Dickson 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 34.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
71 48.3 27
M. Dickson 3 34.7 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lockett 16 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 32.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 26.9 84 0
T. Lockett 1 32.0 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lockett 16 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 6.5 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
25 5.7 19 0
T. Lockett 2 6.5 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 KC 25 0:59 3 8 Punt
8:55 KC 25 2:21 8 39 FG
1:47 KC 26 5:26 10 74 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:43 KC 20 1:04 2 3 Fumble
5:26 KC 25 2:24 3 9 Punt
0:33 KC 13 0:23 3 40 Fumble
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:27 KC 17 4:09 7 83 TD
0:45 KC 40 0:23 3 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 KC 30 3:45 10 60 FG
7:31 KC 28 2:55 9 72 TD
2:29 SEA 31 1:09 5 16 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:01 SEA 22 5:06 11 78 TD
6:34 SEA 25 4:47 10 57 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:21 SEA 25 1:38 3 9 Punt
8:39 KC 21 3:13 6 21 TD
3:02 SEA 9 2:29 6 52 Punt
0:10 SEA 22 0:10 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SEA 25 5:33 12 65 FG
5:18 SEA 25 4:33 8 75 TD
0:22 SEA 31 1:09 3 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:28 SEA 30 2:57 6 70 TD
4:36 SEA 25 2:07 8 75 TD
1:20 SEA 50 1:20 3 -3 Game