The Seattle Seahawks' defensive backs gained 330 yards and scored four touchdowns today in routing the Kansas City Chiefs, 45-0.
Seattle's offense totaled only 261 yards, but the defense intercepted six passes and ran four back for touchdowns. Dave Brown scored from 95 and 58 yards, Keith Simpson 76 yards and Kenny Easley 58.
Their touchdowns set an NFL record for interceptions and the total yardage for the six interceptions, 330, set another.
It was the Seahawks' second straight shutout, third shutout this season, fourth consecutive victory and their largest margin of victory in their nine years.
They intercepted Bill Kenney twice, then finished him in the second quarter, bruising him all over. Then they intercepted replacements Todd Blackledge three times and Sandy Osiecki once.
Kenney, sacked three times for 40 yards in the first period, said he was disoriented when he threw his interceptions.
"I was having problems because I wasn't sure what was going on," he said. "I had to ask my offense what the formation was . . .
"We're not 45 points worse than Seattle, but they're a better team than we are."
After the Seahawks had taken a 3-0 lead, the Chiefs drove deep into Seattle's end. But Brown intercepted at the five and ran down the right sideline for the first of Seattle's four touchdowns in the second period. It was the longest touchdown in the team's history, beating Zachary Dixon's 94-yard kickoff return last season.
The Seahawks scored 2:11 later when Simpson intercepted Kenney and went 76 yards untouched down the left sideline.
Dave Krieg's passes provided the other two touchdowns in the period.
Early in the second half, Brown intercepted Blackledge and went 58 yards down the left sideline.
Easley, who had three interceptions in a shutout in San Diego Monday, got his touchdown with 1:35 left in the game, when he victimized Osiecki.
"We feel we can stop anybody in this league," said Brown, one of four original members of the Seahawks. "We feel we can beat anybody in the league."
In 10 games, the Seahawks (8-2) have intercepted 26 passes, recovered 18 fumbles and converted those takeways into 115 points.