KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Elvis Grbac is looking like a new man -- and not just because he hasn't shaved since the Kansas City Chiefs started winning.
This Grbac stays cool under pressure, throws accurate passes into tight coverage and leaves the field to cheers instead of the boos that used to rain down from Arrowhead Stadium.
"I think he's the same guy," center Tim Grunhard said after Grbac threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks. "But I think now he thinks he's capable of making every throw. To have him do that consistently just gives him confidence and gives us confidence in him also."
It's all a matter of experience, Grbac said.
"It's being here for four years and going through tough times," he said. "Now I have an opportunity to really understand my abilities and the offense's ability. I knew that sometimes I would get the big play and sometimes I really had to dump it off. I had to be patient more than anything else."
Grbac displayed both patience and confidence on the drives that led to his TD passes.
After Seattle (2-3) went up 7-0 late in the first quarter on Jon Kitna's 1-yard pass to Itula Mili, Grbac went 5-for-5 for 69 yards on the Chiefs' first possession of the second, capped by his game-tying 15-yard pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Then, in the third quarter, Kansas City (3-2) trailed 17-7 and found itself pinned at its own 5 after Jeff Feagles' pooch punt.
Grbac went to work again, hitting Derrick Alexander on the first play of the drive for a 73-yard gain and finding him again two plays later for a 17-yard touchdown that made it 17-14.
On the 73-yard play, Grbac threw the ball just over linebacker George Koonce's head, and Alexander made a leaping grab in front of Springs. Then he managed to hold on when he bounced off safety Jay Bellamy in the end zone.
"Elvis made a great throw," said Alexander, who finished with 153 yards on five receptions. "It was right over the guy's head, and I was able to go up and make the play. I don't know how I caught it, but it just kind of stuck to my hands."
After that, Seattle wasn't able to regain any momentum. Pete Stoyanovich, who missed a 37-yard field goal on the Chiefs' first possession, tied it at 17 with a 27-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
Mike Cloud's 15-yard run put Kansas City ahead 24-17 with 4:26 remaining after a Seattle drive ended with the Chiefs' successful instant-replay appeal.
Officials at first ruled that tight end Christian Fauria made a 2-yard catch for a first down at the Seattle 33, but the play was overturned when referee Ed Hochuli viewed the replay and said the ball hit the ground.
"I thought he caught it, but I was worried about getting the first down," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "I didn't know if he had enough for the first down. I though he caught it, but if you're a really good football team, you make your own breaks."
Jerome Woods' interception at the Chiefs 11 ended the Seahawks' last drive with 21 seconds left.
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