It was a defensive struggle, one in which the Kansas City Chiefs could simply not find the end zone all game.
The Houston Texans knocked off the Chiefs, 19-12, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, ending Kansas City's franchise-record 11-game winning streak. Wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller each recorded over 100 yards receiving, and Hopkins had the lone touchdown of the game.
After cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted Brock Osweiler in the end zone early in the first quarter, the Chiefs gave the ball right back on the next possession when center Mitch Morse snapped the ball over the head of Alex Smith for a fumble. Defensive end JJ Watt recovered the loose ball at the Chiefs 27-yard line.
With a short field, it only took the Texans one play, a 27-yard pass from Osweiler to Hopkins, to take the 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos tied a career long with a 53-yard field goal and Texans kicker Nick Novak added a 32-yarder to make it 10-3 Texans.
Late in the second quarter, running back Spencer Ware fumbled at the Houston 49-yard line. Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson recovered the ball and returned it 52 yards to the Kansas City 14. But even with short field, the Chiefs defense forced Houston into a 24-yard field goal for a 13-3 Texans lead into the half.
In the third quarter, with the Texans driving at the Chiefs 36-yard line, Osweiler attempted to find Hopkins down the right sideline, but the ball tipped into the hands of Peters for his second interception of the game. Santos came back on to hit a 43-yard field goal, and the Texans led 13-6 to start the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, both teams' defenses remained strong, as each team added field goals to make it 16-9.
The Texans took over with 7:34 remaining, and through an 11-play drive, were able to bring the clock all the way down to the 3-minute mark. The key play in the drive was a 16-yard pass to Hopkins to bring the Texans to fourth-and-1 at the Kansas City 26-yard line. From there, Novak's 43-yard field goal was partially blocked by Dontari Poe, but the ball still barely managed to make it through the uprights for 19-9 lead.
With the ball back, the Chiefs managed 3 more points on a 30-yard field goal, but they could not recover an onside kick, and the Texans sealed the victory.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson led the Chiefs with 11 tackles (8 solo) and he had a sack. LB Tamba Hali also recorded a sack. Texans defensive end JJ Watt had 5 tackles (1 solo) and 1.5 sacks. LB John Simon also had 1.5 sacks, and LB Bernardrick McKinney had a sack in addition to leading the Texans with 8 tackles (2 solo).
The Chiefs and Texans were 7 for 29 on third down combined, which may serve as the most telling stat of the game.
The Chiefs (1-1) return home to Arrowhead Stadium for their Week 3 matchup with the New York Jets (1-1) next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT.
Photos from the Chiefs Week 2 matchup against the Houston Texans.