Kansas City and Seattle both postponed celebrations they hoped to enjoy last week. Instead, each team comes into Week 16 with unfinished business and the disappointment of tough losses weighing on their minds.
Seattle rolled into San Francisco just two weeks after dismantling the 49ers 43-16 and riding a five-game winning streak. The Niners’ Week 14 win in Denver should have alerted the Seahawks that San Francisco was not mailing in their season in pursuit of a better draft pick.
Pete Carroll says they weren’t lulled into a false sense of security by the Niners’ record as much as they were done in by a team-record amount of penalties.
Either way, the loss kept the Seahawks from clinching a wild card berth. Now they find themselves just a game ahead of the Eagles and Redskins and just a half-game ahead of the Vikings for the first wild-card slot.
The first wild card slot would let the Vikings or Seahawks avoid the Bears (or Rams) in the first round, setting them up in Dallas, instead.
Kansas City lost a chance to clinch the AFC West. Instead, they fell into a virtual tie with the Chargers. The Chargers used a two-point conversion at the end of the game to keep Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs offense from a chance to win the game in overtime.
The Chiefs own the tiebreaker with the Chargers, so they control their own destiny should they win out. The Raiders visit Kansas City in Week 17.
Injuries and notes
Kansas City could be without Spencer Ware (shoulder) for another week, although Damien Williams made sure Ware wasn’t missed in Week 15.
Guard DJ Fluker is still questionable with a hamstring injury. That could be a problem as his backup, Jordan Simmons, ended up on injured reserve after the 49ers game. Seattle rushed for over 200 yards per game while Simmons covered Fluker the past three weeks.
Rashaad Penney is questionable with his ankle injury and safety Maurice Alexander needs to clear the concussion protocol.
Two old masters of the game face off against each other, albeit with distinctly different styles. Andy Reid will hold his clipboard and quietly analyze things as they happen. Between offensive sets, he’ll have quiet conversations with Pat Mahomes.
Pete Carroll will put in as many miles as any of his players, running up and down the field and enthusiastically slapping backs and palms.
But they are similar when it comes to success and respect from their players. It will be a treat to watch this chess match.
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Who will win the Seahawks-Chiefs game?
Seattle gave the Chiefs a scare earlier this season in Kansas City. The 12th man, plus a bigger sense of urgency to make the playoffs, give the edge to Pete Carroll’s troops.