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Seahawks Fall Short In 24-20 Setback In Kansas City

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The Seahawks had their shots on Sunday at Arrowhead to beat a good Chiefs team, but in the end failed to crack the end zone when needed, and fly home four point losers, 24-20.

Seattle had a late shot to pull ahead, but on fourth down Pete Carroll opted to throw for the end zone on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line, and the pass went incomplete.

On the day the Hawks fell short on three fourth down attempts.

“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Carroll said. “We had plenty of chances.”

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch had 124 yards rushing for Seattle.

Lynch had his chances inside the two late, but twice was stood up by the Kansas City defense.

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

“It was a heartbreaking loss,” Wilson said. “We thought we could have or should have won it but they played a great game and we played a great game. Two great NFL teams going after it, and in a tough environment. For us, we’re just looking for the next opportunity.”

The first of Seattle’s fourth-down miscues came with about 6 minutes to go. Lynch was stuffed after a two-yard gain on third down, and Carroll elected to gamble at the Chiefs 2. Wilson rolled out and overthrew Doug Baldwin in the corner of the end zone.

“I was interfered. It was obvious,” Baldwin said.

Seattle held to get the ball back, and appeared to get a first down with a completion at the Chiefs 35. But coach Andy Reid challenged the spot and replays showed that wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was a full yard short.

Again going for it on fourth down, Lynch was stuffed for no gain, giving the Chiefs the ball back 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 and had such little time left that it hardly mattered.

The other key was the fact that the Hawks couldn’t slow down Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, as the back ran for 159 yards and two touchdown.

Knile Davis also ran for a score, as the Chiefs (7-3) won their fifth straight. They’ve also won seven of their last eight.

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