At the end of a wild 35-28 victory over the depleted Seattle Seahawks, the Kansas City Chiefs were feeling more lucky than good, more grateful than boastful.
“That goes to show you what happens when you miss opportunities and turn the ball over in the wrong area of the field and give up big plays,” Chiefs Coach Herm Edwards said.
Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, Damon Huard and Eddie Kennison all had outstanding games Sunday for Kansas City (4-3), which went over .500 for the first time this season.
The Chiefs had 499 yards to 240 for Seattle and 42 minutes 15 seconds of possession time compared with Seattle’s 17:45.
But outrageous mistakes let the Seahawks (4-3) score two touchdowns and grab a 28-27 lead with about six minutes left.
Johnson had the biggest hand in preventing the Chiefs’ self-destruction, rushing for 155 yards and scoring four touchdowns, three on the ground. He got the go-ahead score with 2:15 to play with a three-yard run after Huard connected with Eddie Kennison on a 51-yard pass play.
“We made it hard on ourselves at the end,” Johnson said. “We gave them more chances than they needed.”
Quarterback Seneca Wallace, in his first NFL start, put Seattle on top, 28-27, with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Jackson after cornerback Ty Law fell down. Moments earlier, Law had dropped a sure interception.
Late in the third period, Seattle’s Kelly Herndon returned a fumble 61 yards for another touchdown when Chiefs holder Dustin Colquitt, after mishandling the snap on a field-goal attempt, tried an ill-advised pass.
It seemed as though about half the team the Seahawks took to the last Super Bowl was suspended, demoted or lame. Seattle was missing Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, league MVP running back Shaun Alexander, receiver Bobby Engram and starting guard Floyd Womack, all injured.
In addition, starting right tackle Sean Locklear was suspended last week for violating NFL personal conduct policy and strong safety Michael Boulware was bumped to the second team for poor play.