Hasselbeck’s Mishaps too Much to Overcome in Second Half against Kansas City

For moments, a stalled Seattle Seahawks offense came to life Sunday at Qwest Field against the Kansas City Chiefs, but would die just as quickly thanks to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck as Kansas City beat Seattle 42-24.

After accumulating just 71 total yards after the first 30 minutes of play, Seattle opened up the second half with a 52-yard bomb from Hasselbeck to wide receiver Ben Obomanu that placed the Seahawks at the Chiefs’ 19-yard line. Two plays later, the quarterback found tight end Chris Baker for a 13-yard pass-and-catch over the middle of the field for a touchdown. An Olindo Mare extra point cut the Chiefs’ lead to four at 21-17.

Later down 11, Seattle’s quarterback turned from hero to villain.

On third-and-four from his own 35 less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Hasselbeck, scrambling in the pocket, was sacked for an 11-yard loss and stripped of the ball by Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson. Johnson’s teammate, Tamba Hali, recovered and three plays later quarterback Matt Cassel connected with Dwayne Bowe for the receiver’s third touchdown of the day.

The three-score performance extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one receiving touchdown to seven games, lengthening his franchise’s all-time record, and was enough to finish breaking Kansas City’s record of most receiving touchdowns in a season. Bowe’s mark of 14 this season surpasses Chris Burford’s 12 done 48 years ago.

Following the touchdown, Hasselbeck was at it again. This time an interception by cornerback Travis Daniels forced the Seahawks’ offense off the field. The interception was Hasselbeck’s second of the game.

The team’s defense responded, though, by forcing the Chiefs to go three-and-out, giving Hasselbeck just under ten-and-a-half minutes to climb out of 18-point hole.

Hasselbeck would need just one play to begin to do so, but wouldn’t be able to finish the task. An 87-yard touchdown pass to Ben Obomanu and a Mare extra point brought the score to 35-24.

Taking the blow, Kansas City countered back on the following possession with a scoring strike of its own. Tight end Tony Moeaki snared a 9-yard pass from Matt Cassel to cap off a 10-play drive that ate up six minutes and 40 seconds off the game clock.

Cassel finished the day completing 22 of 32 pass attempts for 233 yards and with four touchdowns for the Chiefs (7-4). Jamaal Charles had a touchdown and led all running backs with 173 rushing yards stemming from 22 carries while Dwayne Bowe led all receivers with 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Matt Hasselbeck completed 20 of 37 pass attempts for 282 yards and had two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Seahawks (5-6). Running back Marshawn Lynch led the team with 20 yards on seven carries and Ben Obomanu had 159 receiving yards and a touchdown.

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