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Inside the Locker Room - Seattle
Shaun Smith becomes first NFL player since William "The Refrigerator" Perry to score a TD and log a sack in the same game
The 325-pounder made some subtle hints that he’d like an opportunity to carry the football following last week’s offensive debut. On Sunday, defensive lineman Shaun Smith got his wish.
On a 3rd and goal from the Seattle one-yard line, Smith reported eligible as a goal line fullback. He did the same thing last week and promptly plowed a path for Thomas Jones to punch in a one-yard TD run against Arizona.
This time, however, Smith wasn’t called on to do the blocking. Instead of giving the football to a running back, Matt Cassel turned and handed it off to Smith. Smith, in turn, carried the rock like a Christmas ham for a one-yard TD plunge highlighted by an impressive second effort that gave the Chiefs a lead that they’d never relinquish.
When Smith sacked Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck later in the game, Kansas City’s do-it-all defensive lineman became the first player to record a sack and a TD in the same game since Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry did so in 1985 (according to “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus).
As surprising as it may be, Sunday wasn’t Smith’s first rodeo running the football. He was actually a tailback for Wichita Heights High School in Wichita, Kansas. Of course, Smith hadn’t seen much action with the football in his hands for more than a decade.
Like any offensive or defensive lineman, Smith remembers his last time carrying the football quite well.
“My last touchdown was in 1999 against Wichita East in a mud game,” Smith recalled. “Actually, I think that I had about two or three touchdowns that game. It was my last game as a tailback in my senior year of high school. We won and I probably had over 100 yards rushing that day too.”
Smith…as a high school tailback? He said that he played at a cool 275 pounds back in his day.
“I wore number six because of Jerome Bettis,” Smith said. “That was my idol. Actually, he’s still my idol.”
Despite his history as a prep runner, Chiefs hadn’t utilized one of their biggest players in short-yardage packages until last weekend. Smith said last week that he’d been part of certain goal line sets for quite some time, but that his number just hadn’t been called into action.
It’s been a gradual process for Smith. Block for a touchdown one week; score a touchdown the next.
“Now that I got the touchdown, maybe I can convince Todd and Charlie to put me in the goal line packages a little more,” Smith said. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Chiefs have now had two defensive players score touchdowns in 2010 – Smith and LB Mike Vrabel. The two (pictured above) celebrated Smith’s accomplishment following the defensive lineman giving Kansas City a 14-7 second quarter lead.
“(Vrabel) was actually one of the first ones that congratulated me,” Smith said. “It’s funny that I actually got to score. I remember training camp, OTAs, and at the beginning of the season that me and Thomas (Jones) talked about it on our rides to work together. We talked about me blocking for him and then me eventually scoring.
“It was crazy, but it’s not crazy anymore. It’s like a dream come true.”
And where is that TD ball going?
“I’m debating on whether to give it to my mom or to my little girl for Christmas,” Smith said. “It’s probably going to my little girl for Christmas.
Smith’s daughter had actually requested a TD dance if Smith ever got the opportunity to score. There was no dance on Sunday. Maybe she’ll receive the second part of her Christmas present in the coming weeks.
400 Wins: The Chiefs won the 400th overall game (regular season & postseason) in club history. The club currently has a 400-376-12 (.515) all-time record, including a 392-363-12 mark in the regular season. Kansas City has now won nine straight games against NFC West opponents, including a 3-0 mark this season.
Scoring Stats: The Chiefs are 3-0 under Head Coach Todd Haley when scoring 40 points or more and are 5-2 when scoring 30 points or more. Kansas City’s 42 points were the most the club ever scored in a win vs. Seattle.
Rushing Defense: The Chiefs allowed 20 team rushing yards, tying as the fifth-lowest single-game total in team history and the fewest since the club permitted eight yards at Oakland (12/3/95). The Chiefs are 89-0 all-time when holding opponents to 65 rushing yards or less, including a 9-0 mark against Seattle. KC has limited the Seahawks to 65 or fewer rushing yards in its last three victories against the club. The Chiefs permitted nine rushing yards in the first half, the first time the club had accomplished that feat in a half since allowing nine rushing yards in the first half vs. Philadelphia (10/2/05).
Rushing Stats: The Chiefs posted 270 rushing yards, marking the club’s fifth game with 200 or more team rushing yards this season, tying as the second-highest mark in team history. KC did it five times in ’62 and set the team record with eight 200-yard games in ’78. KC posted 48 rushing attempts, the club’s most since posting 53 vs. Seattle (10/29/06).
Bowe’s Record-Setting Ways Continue: Bowe tied a career high with 13 catches. He set a career high with three TD catches, marking the sixth game of his career with two or more TDs. He became the sixth player in Chiefs history with three or more TDs in a game. He has 14 TDs on the season, bypassing E Chris Burford (12 in ’62) for the highest single-season total in KC history. Bowe extended his team record with his seventh straight game with a TD catch. Bowe registered his third straight game with 100 or more receiving yards, tying for the second-longest streak in franchise history behind TE Tony Gonzalez (4 in 2000). Bowe has caught a pass in 46 consecutive games, tying RB Ed Podolak for the fifth-longest streak in KC history. Bowe recorded his third career game with 10 or more receptions. Bowe joins WRs Jerry Rice (10/14/90 and 9/18/95) and Jimmy Smith (9/10/00) as the only receivers since ’90 to record 13 catches, 170 yards and three TDs in a game. Bowe moved into 10th in franchise history with 261 career receptions ahead of RB Priest Holmes (251).
Cassel’s Day: QB Matt Cassel finished the game with a 129.3 rating, his fifth 100.0-rating game of the season and the 11th of his career (min. 20 atts.). Cassel’s 23-yard run was the longest of his career. He has attempted 127 consecutive attempts without an INT. Cassel tied a career high with four TD passes, marking the third four-TD game of his career and his second of the season.
Takeaway/Sack Stats: S Kendrick Lewis registered his first career INT. CB Travis Daniels gets his first INT as a member of the Chiefs, the fourth of his career. LB Derrick Johnson registered a sack and strip, giving him his first sack of the season and the 14th of his career. He has four forced fumbles on the season and 15 for his career. LB Tamba Hali recorded his first fumble recovery of the season and the third of his career. DT Shaun Smith recorded his first sack of the season. He now has 3.0 for his career.
Third-Down Stats: The Chiefs went 11-17 on third down (64.7%), the club’s best conversion percentage since going 11-17 vs. Tennessee (12/16/07).
Charles in Charge: RB Jamaal Charles registered 173 yards, his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and the eighth of his career. It was the third-highest rushing output of his career. He now has three rushing TDs on the season and 10 for his career. Charles joins RBs Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson as the third back in team history to register back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Odds and Ends: DT Shaun Smith scored the first TD of his career on a one-yard run. TE Tony Moeaki recorded his third TD catch. Moeaki’s 32 receptions are the second-highest total by a Chiefs rookie behind Tony Gonzalez (33 in ’97).
Starting Stats: G Brian Waters opened his 144th game with the Chiefs, tying CB Kevin Ross for the ninth-highest total in Chiefs history. CB Jackie Bates made his first career start.
Time of Possession: The Chiefs held the ball for 41:03, marking the club’s largest time of possession edge since holding the ball for 42:15 vs. Seattle (10/29/06).