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The Kansas City Chiefs are playing their worst football since Marty Schottenheimer took over as coach in 1989, and Elvis Grbac might be the first casualty.

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  • I came off the field, he (Schottenheimer) said he's making a change, and I figure that the change is probably for the rest of the season," Grbac said after the Chiefs lost 24-12 to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.

    Schottenheimer benched Grbac, his starting quarterback, late in the first half. But it didn't do any good as the Seahawks, relying mainly on their defense, held Kansas City without a touchdown until the final seconds.

    It was Kansas City's fourth consecutive defeat, the first time that has happened to the Chiefs since Schottenheimer took over nine years ago. The Chiefs (4-5) could miss the playoffs for the third time in Schottenheimer's tenure in Kansas City.

    "Right now, we're not a very good team," said Schottenheimer, who said he will make a decision on his starting quarterback during the week.

    "I'll let you know then," he said.

    Gannon salvaged something for Kansas City's inept offense with a 1-yard touchdown sneak with three seconds left, capping an 11-play, 87-yard drive.

    "I

    Darrin Smith
    Darrin Smith's 26-yard INT return for a TD took the air out of K.C. and led to Elvis Grbac's benching. (AP)
    can't say what's going to turn Elvis around," Gannon said.

    The Seahawks (5-4), losers of four of their previous five, won despite an offense that had only 202 yards.

    "We've got to get better quickly," said Warren Moon, who was 12-for-20 for 108 yards with two interceptions and no touchdown passes.

    "Offensively, it wasn't very good," Seattle coach Dennis Erickson said.

    Seattle, an old Chiefs patsy, beat Kansas City for the first time since 1994 to end a seven-game winning streak by Kansas City over the Seahawks. The Chiefs had beaten them 14 out of 15.

    The Seahawks held a 24-6 lead at the halftime -- thanks to their defense, which prompted Schottenheimer to yank Grbac, his starter for the fourth straight week after suffering a separated shoulder in Week 1, with 1:49 left in the first half.

    Grbac came out of the game and watched from the sidelines with his baseball cap on after he threw a pass Darrin Smith intercepted and ran back 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:49 left in the first half.

    "I felt we needed to make a change," Schottenheimer said. "We were looking for a way to win the game."

    "Hopefully, it's for the good of the team," Grbac said.

    "That's how it works," fullback Kimble Anders said. "If I fumbled two or three times, then I'd be pulled out of the game, too."

    Ricky Watters scored two touchdowns on 1-yard runs in the opening quarter, the second after Shawn Springs intercepted a pass by Grbac and returned 22 yards to the Kansas City 6. Watters scored three plays later to give his team a 14-3 lead with 3:44 to go in the first period.

    Watters' first TD run capped a 77-yard drive the first time the Seahawks had the ball.

    Watters shaved his head during the week in an effort to change Seattle's fortunes.

    "I'm glad we won. I don't have anything left on top," he said.

    After Moon completed a 45-yard pass to the Kansas City 21, Todd Peterson kicked a 38-yard field goal. Smith's TD after his interception came 11 seconds later.

    Pete Stoyanovich kicked field goals of 53 and 38 yards in the first half, but he missed a 43-yard attempt with 3:52 remaining that would have cut Seattle's lead to 14-9.

    The Chiefs had four turnovers. Rashaan Shehee fumbled after being stripped by Jay Bellamy, and it was recovered by Willie Williams at the Kansas City 48 midway in the third quarter. And Chad Brown intercepted a pass by Gannon at the Seattle 26 with 7:10 left.

    The Chiefs were penalized 17 times for 152 yards, 2 yards shy of the team record.

    Watters had his first multi-TD game for the Seahawks and his third 100-yard rushing game in Seattle.

    The last time the Chiefs lost four in a row was in 1988, when they dropped five straight under Frank Gansz. Gansz was fired after the team went 4-11-1.

    Notes

  • Seahawks safety Mark Collins broke his left shoulder blade in the second quarter.
  • After Smith scored his touchdown after his interception, he came out of the game with tightness in his left hamstring. "We had a pretty good lead," Smith said. "We just felt it was best to hold me out."
  • Smith returned his second interception for a TD this season.
  • Springs intercepted his fourth pass of the season.
  • The Chiefs had three injuries. Defensive lineman Leslie O'Neal sprained his right toe, running back Donnell Bennett suffered a sprained left shoulder and linebacker Greg Manusky had a hip injury.
  • In addition to his interception, Brown had two sacks and nine tackles.

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