SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The
Kansas City Chiefs
may have a Priest on offense, but they still have prayers to be answered on defense.
passed for a career-high 362 yards and three touchdowns as the
overcame a big day by
in a 39-32 victory over the Chiefs.
Among the worst defensive teams in the league earlier this season, the Chiefs had showed dramatic improvement the last three games, allowing an average of just 14.8 points. Those impressive performances came against Oakland, San Francisco and Buffalo.
But the Chiefs' defense took a big step back in this one, getting shredded for 534 total yards with Hasselbeck, wide receiver
and running back
doing most of the damage.
"We didn't do as well as we've been in the past," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "I felt that we've improved but we didn't show it today. They threw whenever they had a 1-on-1 situation. We just couldn't sack Hasselbeck. He did a heckuva a job getting out of sacks."
Hasselbeck led the offensive charge, completing 25-of-36 passes. Robinson had eight catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns and Alexander rushed for 145 yards and a pair of scores.
"There were opportunities to make plays and I tried to give our athletes a chance to make those plays," said Hasselbeck, who has been the target of criticism since being acquired by Seattle prior to last season.
"He has played pretty well I think," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. "But all and all, I think he's improved and is a better player than he was last year. Today, I think he was sharp. He had a good day today."
The Seahawks (4-7) needed the big offensive days to overcome a huge afternoon by Holmes, who accounted for 307 total yards and three touchdowns.
Holmes rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns and had seven catches for 110 yards and a score. His four-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter gave him 20 on the season, breaking the club record, set by Abner Haynes in 1962.
Holmes also took over the league lead with 1,209 yards rushing on the season.
"One of the things we're going to learn from this game is that whenever you get a team that is down, you can't give them an opportunity to come back like they did," Holmes said. "We have to come up big in the second half, and we didn't do it today."
Despite Holmes' huge game, the Chiefs (5-6) squandered a chance at moving over the .500 mark.
The teams combined for 1,086 total yards and an NFL-record 63 first downs.
With their defense ravaged by injuries, the Seahawks had no answer for Holmes, who had a 15-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and 64-yard TD catch on a screen pass midway through the second, giving Kansas City a 17-7 lead.
But the Seahawks scored on their next four possessions, starting with Hasselbeck's two-yard touchdown pass to fullback
with 2:26 left in the half.
The Seahawks' defense followed by coming up with the play that turned around the game with 59 seconds left in the half.
Kansas City had a 1st-and-goal at the Seattle 1. But instead of a handoff to Holmes, the Chiefs called a passing play and
was intercepted in the back of the end zone by linebacker
. The play was initially ruled to be incomplete, but was upheld by replay.
"I'm always going to be competitve and wanted to contest the call," Huff said. "When I looked up at the screen, it looked like I had two feet in. The call got turned over and it was good for us to get off the field."
Hasselbeck then went to work, needing eight plays to drive the Seahawks 80 yards. He had a 19-yard run to the Kansas City 45 and a 29-yard completion to
to the 6.
"When he (coach Mike Holmgren) called the deep passes, I was really excited," Hasselbeck said. "And it gives me confidence when they call a pass in a critical situation and they're willing to put the ball and game in my hands."
Hasselbeck capped the drive with six seconds left in the half, lofting a pass to the left corner to rookie tight end
, who made a diving catch just inbounds, giving the Seahawks a 21-17 lead. It was Stevens' first career touchdown.
In the first half, Hasselbeck completed 12-of-19 passes for 204 yards and two scores.
Jackson, who missed the last three games after suffering a concussion and seizure, provided a boost to the passing game and finished with six catches for 92 yards.
Alexander was big on the opening drive of the second half, reeling off runs of 21 and 16 yards on a six-play, 74-yard march. Hasselbeck capped the drive with a 17-yard TD pass to Robinson, giving the Seahawks a 28-17 lead.
"Our game plan was to throw the ball," Robinson said. "We didn't think their DBs could hold up against our receivers. We did a good job of throwing the ball around and Shaun (Alexander) was able to run the ball. Everything was working."
On their final possession of the third quarter, the Chiefs answered with an impressive eight-play, 92-yard drive. Holmes had runs of 19 and 14 yards and Green had completions of 23 yards to
and 18 yards to
Holmes reached the end zone from four yards on the first play of the fourth quarter. Green ran for the conversion, pulling the Chiefs within 28-25.
Like Hasselbeck, Green also had a big game and finished 26-of-34 for 343 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Hasselbeck found his favorite target on the Seahawks' ensuing drive, finding Robinson for 33 yards to the Kansas City 42. The drive stalled and
kicked a 37-yard field goal, giving the Seahawks a 31-25 lead with 10:42 to play.
Driving for the go-ahead score, the Chiefs had their drive stymied at the Seahawks 40, giving Seattle the ball back deep in its own territory with 5:50 remaining.
The Seahawks picked up three first downs before Alexander sealed things by breaking up the middle for a 46-yard touchdown, making it 39-25 with 1:52 remaining.
"I felt like I was getting close to breaking one and I finally felt like I was in a rhythm," said Alexander, who had been held to 215 yards rushing over his last five games.
Green attempted to rally the Chiefs, throwing a 15-yard TD pass to
with 31 seconds left. But Seattle recovered the ensuing onside kick.