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Chiefs Pull Into First Place Tie In West with 24-20 Win Over Seattle

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Another solid effort from the offense was backed up with a great late stand by the defense, and Monday the Chiefs will wake up ties for first place following a gutsy 24-20 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

The Chiefs held the Seahawks on fourth down three times in the final quarter, the last a huge four plays when Russell Wilson threw incomplete on fourth down to save the win.

“We’re sitting there with three fourth-down plays late in the game,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “and they stepped up and did a phenomenal job there getting off the field.”

Jamaal Charles led the Chiefs ground game in a big way, going for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the winning effort.

“He’s Jamaal Charles,” Reid said. “He’s a special player.”

Everyone today will talk about that late goal-line stand. From the two the Chiefs stopped ‘Beast’ Marhsawn Lynch twice on second and third down, and then on fourth Wilson threw incomplete.

Wilson threw for 178 yards and two TDs for the Seahawks, and Lynch had 124 yards rushing.

The Seahawks’ last-chance drive ended when Wilson threw incomplete on fourth-and-18 at their 20-yard line with 1:13 left.

“They had a great defense,” Wilson said. “They just made a great play.”

The Chiefs’ first fourth-down stop came with about 6 minutes to go.

Lynch was tackled after a 2-yard gain on third down, and coach Pete Carroll elected to gamble at the Chiefs 2. Wilson saw Doug Baldwin in the corner of the end zone but badly overthrew him.

Seattle held to get the ball back and appeared to convert a third down with a completion at the Chiefs 35. Reid wisely challenged the spot, though, and replays showed wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was a full yard short.

The Seahawks again went for it, and Lynch was stuffed for no gain with less than 4 minutes to go.

By the time the Seahawks got the ball back one last time, they were pinned so deep in their own territory with such little time on the clock that it didn’t matter.

The Chiefs scored first, as they went on a great 15-play drive that took up over 9 minutes of the first half and ended with Charles’ 1-yard touchdown run.

Seattle answered with its own 16-play drive, chewing up exactly 9 minutes and ending with Wilson’s TD pass to Baldwin.

Nothing really changed the rest of the half.

Charles broke two long runs on the Chiefs’ next possession, including a 16-yard touchdown. Lynch came back with a punishing series of carries to help set up a field goal.

The play of the Chiefs defense is what has gotten the team to this point, as they sit at 7-3, are 5-0 at Arrowhead, and will have a shot to go 5 games over .500 on Thursday when they play the winless Raiders.

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