The defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks scored two touchdowns on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
A familiar face was on the receiving end of the second one.
Making his debut for the Seahawks after being acquired earlier this month by Seattle, former Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from Russell Wilson in the third quarter to give the visitors a 20-17 lead.
That lead would not last, as the team that drafted Moeaki in the third round in 2010 out of Iowa scored the go-ahead on Knile Davis’ 4-yard run in the fourth quarter, and won 24-20.
But finding paydirt made for a meaningful day for Moeki. It was his first touchdown catch since December 2012, when he was with the Chiefs.
“The Chiefs played a good game,” said Moeaki, who signed with Buffalo after reaching an injury settlement with the Chiefs late last season but was released by the Bills this preseason. “It’s a tough place to play.”
The Chiefs always had high hopes for the affable Moeaki, but a series of injuries cost him precious playing time here and ultimately led to his divorce from the organization. He finished his Chiefs career with 80 catches for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns in parts of four seasons.
Perhaps he can find a lasting home, and sustained health, in Seattle.
“He executed the play extremely well,” Wilson said of Moeaki’s touchdown catch. “The line did a great job of blocking, and Tony raced to the corner (and) made a great catch in the corner of the end zone. I was really pumped up for him.”
Maybe, but for Moeaki, the moment was bittersweet.
“My time here was great,” he said. “The fans were awesome today. But it would’ve been nice to get a win. It’d be a lot sweeter if we would have come out with a victory.”