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Chiefs ride Johnson to wild win over sinking Seahawks

Oct 29, 2006 - 9:29 PM KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Larry Johnson is starting to roll.

Johnson scored four touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to a wild 35-28 triumph over the injury-ravaged Seattle Seahawks.

It was the fourth victory in the last five games for Kansas City (4-3), which has been without starting quarterback Trent Green since a season-opening loss to Cincinnati.

"This league always goes down to the fourth quarter," Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said. "I said it last week and I'll say it again - it's about your will, and ours was good enough to win and it was a very important one for us. Our objective this week was to get to 4-3."

But Damon Huard has filled in admirably at quarterback and Johnson has been an absolute monster of late, scoring nine touchdowns in the Chiefs' four wins.

"Larry had a huge day," Huard said. "We've got a lot of playmakers on this offense and it's my job is to get them the ball."

The 230-pound Johnson carried the load once again Sunday, rushing for a season-high 155 yards on 39 carries.

Huard, who persevered through a groin injury, completed 17-of-25 attempts for a season-high 312 yards and a TD.

"I can't say enough about Damon Huard," Edwards said. "He was a little nicked and got through the game. That's what we anticipated and he did a great job of going back and making some throws. I think our players rallied around him and I know he wanted to play this game very, very badly."

A native of Yakima, Washington, Huard has completed over 67 percent of his passes over Kansas City's last four wins, throwing for 1,040 yards and seven TDs in that span. The former Washington University star was thrilled to play against his hometown team.

"It was a team I grew up watching and a team my brother played for four years," he said. "It's my home - I live there. It was fun to play against some guys that I know. It was a great win but more importantly, a great win for the Chiefs."

Eddie Kennison had six catches for 132 yards and tight end Tony Gonzalez hauled in six passes for 116 yards for Kansas City, which held on in a whacky fourth quarter.

Seattle (4-3) took a 28-27 lead with 6:30 remaining when Seneca Wallace hooked up with Darrell Jackson for a 49-yard TD, a play in which Kansas City star cornerback Ty Law slipped and fell in coverage.

But the Chiefs answered on the ensuing drive thanks to Kennison, who made an outstanding 51-yard reception to move the ball to the Seahawks 7.

"We knew that the corners had been sitting on the out-routes all afternoon," said Kennison, who beat Seattle star cornerback Marcus Trufant on the play. "We had practiced the pump during practice, and they fell right into our hands. I ran the out-and-up, and (Trufant) bit on the out and Damon threw a nice ball."

Johnson gave Kansas City the lead three plays later with his third rushing TD, a three-yard score. Huard found Gonzalez in the back-right corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion.

The Chiefs appeared to have the game wrapped up on the following defensive series, when defensive end Jared Allen intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the Seahawks 24 with 1:58 remaining.

However, before going out of bounds, Allen was stripped of the football by Seattle wide receiver Deion Branch, who ripped the ball loose and gained possession before stepping on the sideline.

"I may never get a ball like that in my hand like that," Allen said. "I know the right thing to do is go down, but the fun thing to do is try to score. So I went ahead with the fun thing to do."

"I was behind the play when I noticed the ball popped up," Branch added. "I ran to the ball and tried to make a play. The ball came loose and I came up with it.

Seattle seemed to gain momentum from the crazy play, driving the ball to the Kansas City 41 with 1:23 left.

But after being stalled on two straight plays, the Seahawks found themselves in a major hole when Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson broke through the line and sacked Wallace, forcing a 4th-and-15 with 63 seconds left.

"The sack that I was the most troubled with was the last one that came from the other side of the line," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "I don't know who the pick-up was on that."

Wallace's ensuing completion to Mack Strong was well short of the first down, sealing the Chiefs' victory.

"In that situation, we've got to take the shot down the field to try and get something," Holmgren said. "It is unlikely that we are going to get the first down throwing the ball to Mack Strong right there."

"That was on me," Wallace added. "I probably should have thrown the ball down the field and tried to get a play, but I didn't. I probably could have made the situation down there a little bit different with the last catch."

Wallace was inconsistent in his first career start, completing 15-of-30 attempts for 198 yards. Filling in for injured starter Matt Hasselbeck, Wallace threw three TDs but also was intercepted twice.

"I thought (Wallace) did a great job," Holmgren said. "He probably misfired a couple of times, but all-in-all, I think that this is a difficult stadium to play in. Their fans are tremendous and for a young guy in his first start, I think that he handled most things pretty well."

Jackson had three catches for 64 yards for the Seahawks, who also played without injured star running back and reigning league MVP Shaun Alexander.

"I think we battled our hearts out and came up short," said Holmgren, whose team has lost three of its last four. "I felt it was going to be a close ballgame and I told the guys that at halftime. I thought a field goal would decide it, and that was pretty much like that."

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