The Seahawks outgained the Chiefs 315-289 for the game, holding the No. 1 offense in the NFL 132 yards under its average, and outgaining the Chiefs 235-116 in the second half. It’s a rare sight to see an offense as electric as Kansas City’s… struggle so much.
But at the end of the day, the Chiefs won, and the fans at Arrowhead got an early Christmas gift.
With their 24-10 win in their Week 16, Christmas Eve game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs improve to 12-3, while the Seahawks fall to 7-8. They remain the #2 seed in the AFC, with the Bills winning 35-13 over the Chicago Bears.
Despite the sluggish offensive performance, there was one huge positive: the Chiefs were turnover-free for the first time since Week 5. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished with 224 yards, two touchdowns and the rushing touchdown — and he heard “MVP” chants across the stadium after his final whistle.
Also a strong point for the team on the day was their special teams unit.
After being a hot topic all week, the kicking operation was flawless. Punter (and now Pro Bowler) Tommy Townsend’s holds seemed good, while placekicker Harrison Butker was 3-for-3 on extra points while making his only field-goal attempt — a 47-yarder. Butker was heavily criticized for his lackluster performances over the past few weeks.
As for the defense, it was another week of taking care of business. Led by defensive tackle Chris Jones, the Chiefs’ defensive line had a strong game. Rookie defensive end George Karlaftis got home for the fourth time in five games, while defensive end Carlos Dunlap also got to the quarterback (albeit after the ball was thrown).
Wins like this are important because it shows the Chiefs are not a one-dimensional team. Even while the offense struggled, the rest of the team played strong football.
Next week, it’s a date with the struggling Broncos, as the playoffs draw near.