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Halftime observations: Chiefs 14, Seahawks 13

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught a 23-yard pass  in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught a 23-yard pass in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Star

It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Seahawks 14-13. Here are some quick observations.

▪ The Chiefs’ first scoring drive was a play-calling clinic. Unreal job by Andy Reid to set the tone. The Chiefs used six different personnel groupings, 10 runs and five passes to go 86 yards in 15 plays.

▪ By the way, that reverse option pitch that Jamaal Charles scored on? I mean, come on. I haven’t seen that all year. Great call, great execution. Reid really turns it up for big game.

▪ This game has an old-school feel. Lots of power running, lots of playaction, lots of emotion. Both teams are playing hard.

▪ You’re never going to believe this, but I’m a huge fan of the 4-4 personnel grouping the Chiefs turned to in the second quarter to try to slow down the Seahawks’ running game.

▪ This is the kind of game the Chiefs signed Kevin Vickerson for. He’s already gotten in on a few tackles, and his intensity is good for this defensive unit. He gives them some attitude up front.

▪ The game of football will keep you honest. After a terrific performance against Buffalo last week, Ron Parker was picked on in the first half. He had a rough first drive, drawing a huge penalty and a missed tackle. He was also beat for a touchdown on the drive. He was also targeted a few other times. Keep an eye on how he responds.

▪ The Chiefs never should have allowed the Seahawks to score before halftime — had they just pounded the rock, they could have avoided the Travis Kelce fumble that set up Seattle’s final drive — but the Chiefs’ ability to hold them to a field goal was huge, nonetheless. Had they gone into halftime trailing, that would have been deflating.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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