The score may have gone in Houston’s favor had they have been able to hold onto the ball and keep driving for a late, possible game-winning score. Kansas City was still up by just one point when they had to punt the ball to the Texans.
The Chiefs (7-0) were forced to punt the ball to Houston with 1:46 left in the game.
But after Case Keenum threw an incompletion on first down, the young quarterback was stripped by linebacker Tamba Hali at his 2. Derrick Johnson recovered the fumble for the Chiefs.
Smith simply kneeled on it from there as time ran out, allowing Kansas City to extend the second-best start in franchise history. The 2003 team began the season 9-0.
This game was Case Keenum’s first NFL game, no less as a starting quarterback. He completed 15/25 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown in his debut. He did however get sacked five times for a combined 50 yards.
This game was hard for the Texans not only because of the loss, but because they lost running back Arian Foster to a hamstring injury early in the game. He left in the first quarter, and didn’t come back for the rest of the game. There is no timetable for his return at this moment in time.
In his place, Ben Tate ran 15 times for 50 yards but didn’t find the end zone. Andre Johnson lead the team in receiving yards; he caught four passes for 89 yards.
Offensively, the Chiefs were led by Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster, who had team-highs in rushing and receiving respectively. Charles had 21 carries for 86 yards and a score, while McCluster caught for passes for 70 yards, with no touchdown. Alex Smith completed 23 of 34 passes, for 240 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, but he also had a rushing touchdown.
The Chiefs are now 7-0 on the season, and hold the NFL’s best record, but will be tied with Denver if they beat Indianapolis tonight. The Texans, however, have fallen to 2-5 overall, and things are looking even bleaker with Foster missing most of the game with an injury.