Great Games: 2002 – Priest Holmes Takes It To The Seattle Seahawks


On Sunday, November 24, 2002, no one thought much of anything special was going to happen in the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks game. The Seahawks were at home and had a 3-7 record for the year while the Chiefs were sitting at 5-5. When it was all over though, every fan there had seen a great game and a special performance.

The first quarter was all Kansas City with Priest Holmes scoring on a 15 yard run and Morten Andersen adding on a field goal. The second quarter would start out with a three yard touchdown run by the Seahawks’ Shaun Alexander. Holmes and the Chiefs would answer back when Trent Green would find the running back for a 64 yard touchdown pass. The rest of the quarter belonged to the Seahawks though as Mack Strong would run one in from the two yard line and Jerramy Stevens would catch a six yard scoring pass to put the Seahawks ahead 21-17 at the half.

The Seahawks kept up the pressure by scoring again in the third quarter, this time on a 17 yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Koren Robinson, extending their lead as the game went into the fourth quarter. Holmes would score again early in the fourth, this time on a four yard run and Trent Green would run in the two point conversion to pull the Chiefs within three. Rian Lindell added a field goal and then Alexander went to the end zone on a 46 yard run for Seattle to put the team up 39-25. Before the game ended, Green would toss a 15 yard touchdown pass to Marc Boerigter to get closer, but the Seahawks would hold on for the 39-32 win.

Shaun Alexander would be an instrumental player in the Seahawks victory as he finished the day with 23 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Priest Holmes though was in a world all his own as he too carried the ball 23 times, gaining 197 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 110 yards and another touchdown. It was in a losing effort, but this game by Holmes was one of the best performances many people there in Seattle and at home on television would ever see in their lives.

An interesting note, this was the first NFL football game in history to end with a 39-32 score.

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