Seahawks clinch NFC playoff spot with win over Chiefs

The craziness of the NFL's penultimate week began in a soccer stadium in Southern California, touched the defending champions in Philadelphia, infiltrated a domed fortress in New Orleans and settled, finally, amid the CenturyLink Field clamour in Seattle. Dallas (9-6) will be the fourth seed and host a wild-card game.

Neither Ward nor Reid provided an indication of whether the Chiefs would stick with the lineup change next week in their regular-season finale at home against Oakland.

They're sleepless in Seattle with excitement.

The Chiefs (11-4) and Chargers (11-4) already are in the postseason from the West. Then the team failed to handle business in Week 15 and lost to the then 3-10 San Francisco 49ers.

It got even more ominous when the team revealed that starting free safety Tedric Thompson would miss the game with a chest situation discovered during the week, and that strong safety Bradley McDougald was out of the area getting a treatment on his knee.

In Arlington, Texas, the Cowboys wrapped up the NFC East title when Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns and Jaylon Smith returned a fumble 69 yards for a score. Wilson added 57 yards, Davis had 31 and J.D. McKissic pitched in 6. Running back Doug Martin rushed 21 times for 107 yards and 1 touchdown. Ward was locked in man-to-man coverage when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed a 45-yard pass to Tyler Lockett on second-and-12. Wilson jumpstarted the drive with a 19-yard scramble to pick up a third-and-13.

Mahomes was 23 of 40 for 273 and three TDs.

"We got to elevate our play", Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley said.

Still, Seattle led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter with Mahomes looking off his game - he was 2-of-8 for just 25 yards in the first quarter, at one point simply overthrowing a wide-open Travis Kelce in the end zone. Charcandrick West had two receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. He managed some special catches, the highlight of which was his one-handed grab to put the Seahawks at the one-yard line for the final touchdown of the game. Demarcus Robinson had two receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown. They scored on four of five second-half possessions.

Dwayne Harris scored on a 99-yard return as the Oakland Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos 27-14 in the National Football League on Monday.

Dickson had to do a drop-kick kickoff when Sebastian Janikowski was injured and not feeling well enough to do the kickoff after hitting a short field goal early on in the third quarter. This is a position of concern versus Kansas City. Mahomes had only 83 yards passing in the first half. He also had three touchdown passes. Mahomes ran for the two-point conversion to trim the deficit to 31-28 with 4:43 left.

The Seahawks will gain a key linebacker back on Sunday, but Seattle will be without several other important players.

Seattle had a season-high 464 total yards, including 210 rushing.

  • Julie Sanders