Final

Seahawks 44

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Chiefs 14

(1-2, 1-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 24, 2012

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 6 17 21 044
KC 0 7 0 714

Rookie Russell Wilson throws 2 TDs, propels Seahawks by Chiefs

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's going to take a lot more than one dazzling performance against the Kansas City Chiefs' first-team defense to surprise Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Perhaps getting the starting job on a full-time basis would do the trick.

Wilson certainly staked his claim Friday night, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 rout. The third-round draft pick also scrambled for 58 yards while leading the Seahawks to scores on their first six possessions, and he had effectively put the game away by halftime.

"I don't surprise myself, I think because I prepare in the right way," Wilson said. "I try to visualize myself being very, very successful, and just positive self-talk, I guess."

The 5-foot-11 Wilson has been competing for the No. 1 job with Matt Flynn, the former Green Bay backup who signed in the offseason. Flynn missed the game with a sore elbow, giving Wilson a chance to shine after two impressive performances against Tennessee and Denver.

"He's done everything we've asked of him," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "This is the guy we hoped he would be. All of the talk about how tall he is and all that stuff, I don't see it being a factor. I don't see it, and I have watched more carefully than anybody could ever have watched, and I don't see it being an issue. It isn't to me."

The Chiefs looked much like the Seahawks in their first preseason game against Arizona, but they struggled last week at St. Louis. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's attack simply fizzled against Seattle, going three-and-out on three of its first four possessions.

Matt Cassel was 19-of-34 for 168 yards and a touchdown but also was intercepted by Seattle safety Earl Thomas, who returned it 75 yards for a third-quarter score.

Even the special teams were a disaster for Kansas City, which watched Golden Tate zigzag 95 yards on a punt return with 2:12 left in the third quarter. The touchdown gave Seattle a 44-7 lead and sent the sparse crowd at Arrowhead Stadium streaming for the exits.

"Obviously we have to play better all around. It's disappointing to come out here and play like we did," Cassell said. "I'm glad it's the preseason right now."

The Seahawks are unbeaten in the preseason and looked downright unbeatable against a Chiefs defense that was among the best in the NFL at the end of last season.

"We need to figure out what we do well with this team," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "The regular season is just right around the corner. We need to see what we can do."

It didn't help that the Chiefs were without starting safety Kendrick Lewis, who is out with a shoulder injury, and cornerback Brandon Flowers, who has missed several weeks with a hurt heel.

Still, the Seahawks managed to slash through the defensive line for huge gains on the ground, and that helped give Wilson plenty of time to sit in the pocket and pick apart the secondary.

He led the Seahawks to field goals on their first three possessions before finding tight end Kellen Winslow alone for a 21-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter.

The Chiefs answered with their best drive of the night, going 80 yards and scoring on a short TD pass from Cassel to Dexter McCluster. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who signed his franchise tender just a week ago, caught his only pass on the drive.

Wilson led Seattle to another touchdown before halftime, hitting Anthony McCoy for two big gains and Charly Martin on an 11-yard scoring strike. The drive was helped along by two late hits on Wilson by Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali, who learned this week he'll be suspended for the season opener against Atlanta after testing positive for a banned substance.

Turbin put an exclamation point on his big night with a 25-yard touchdown run early in the second half to give Seattle a 30-7 lead. The fourth-round draft pick finished with 14 carries for 93 yards in place of Lynch, who missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a back injury.

"We did a great job tonight. We really came out and played a great game," Wilson said. "A lot of enthusiasm, which is huge for our football team. Defense made some tremendous plays, stopping them on third downs and getting us the ball. We capitalized on some plays and opportunities."

Game notes


Brady Quinn was the No. 2 QB for the Chiefs. He's been competing for the job with Ricky Stanzi. ... Chiefs DE Glenn Dorsey had to be helped off the field with a left knee injury. ... Seahawks WR Terrell Owens dropped a couple of easy passes before making a 40-yard grab in the third quarter. ... RB Nate Eachus scored late in the fourth quarter for Kansas City.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
KC
1st Downs2025
Passing 1st downs
811
Rushing 1st downs
810
1st downs from Penalties
44
3rd down efficiency
4-117-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5472
Total Yards367339
Yards per play6.84.7
Total Drives1112
Passing178194
Comp - Att
16-2424-44
Yards per pass
7.44.4
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-83-18
Rushing189145
Rushing Attempts
2825
Yards per rush
6.85.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-3
Penalties6-376-79
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20
Possession24:5135:09

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson13/191859.7202--8
Jackson3/510.2000-0
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel19/341684.9113--18
Quinn5/10444.4000-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Turbin14936.6125
Wilson25829.0031
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Eachus10989.8120
Charles6325.3012

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
McCoy24723.50253
Owens24120.50403
KCRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
McCluster7618.71189
Baldwin6376.2097

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAKC
seaFG07:29Steven Hauschka 36 Yd 30
seaFG01:55Steven Hauschka 39 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERSEAKC
seaFG12:44Steven Hauschka 45 Yd 90
seaTD09:43Kellen Winslow 21 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick) 160
kcTD02:00Dexter McCluster 9 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick) 167
seaTD00:30Charly Martin 11 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick) 237
THIRD QUARTERSEAKC
seaTD13:14Robert Turbin 25 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 307
seaTD04:48Earl Thomas 75 Yd Interception Return (Steven Hauschka Kick) 377
seaTD02:12Golden Tate 92 Yd Punt Return (Steven Hauschka Kick) 447
FOURTH QUARTERSEAKC
kcTD01:53Nate Eachus 7 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 4414