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A third of the way through the first quarter Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters intercepted the ball, leading to a touchdown by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, with the PAT good, to make the score 7-0 with 10:22 left in the quarter. Preceded by gains by running back Jamaal Charles and others, Kelce caught a 42-yard pass to make the score 14-9 with 4:23 left in the quarter. An 80-yard 8-play drive by the Texans concluded with a touchdown from Brian Hoyer by wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins with 46 seconds left in the quarter. But the PAT failed so the score was 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
A drive started at the end of the first quarter concluded with a three and out, so Carlos Santos successfully kicked a field goal to make the score 17-6. Following a three and out by Houston, another drive gave Santos the opportunity to kick a 48-yard field goal with 6:20 left in the quarter. With the next Texans drive Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston intercepted the ball, followed by a touchdown by Charles and a PAT to make the score 27-6 with 4:27 left in the quarter. Following three and outs by both teams a 64-yard 11-play drive by the Texans concluded with a field goal to make the score 27-9 at the end of the quarter.
Neither team managed to score during the third quarter, although both defenses were strong.
As the fourth quarter wore on Kansas City had two penalties and a 51-yard field goal attempt by Santos failed. Former Razorback Ryan Mallett took over as Houston quarterback. Soon Hopkins scored another Texan touchdown and was successful in the 2-point conversion to make the score 27-17 with 4:07 left in the game. Failing to get close to the goal line, Kansas City punted 41 yards; Houston had a penalty and Mallett was sacked before the 2 minute warning. With a Houston drive that included three incomplete passes, the Texans gained another field goal with 1:23 left on the clock. Kansas went to the knee, so the final score was Kansas City 27, Houston 20.
In his post-game press conference Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid acknowledged that the offensive line did a good job, as did the defense. We had a “real good football team,” but one that will have to do better, particularly in the second half, next time, Reid said.
The Chiefs next play the Denver Broncos Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Broncos defeated the Baltimore Ravens 19-13 at Denver Sunday. Last year the Broncos won 24-17 at Denver. Currently both teams are noted for their strong defense.
Elsewhere Sunday the Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in overtime at St. Louis. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 31-23.