Game Recap: Texans vs Chiefs

Chiefs finish with strong defensive push, top Texans 17-16

One week after setting the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd roar at an outdoor stadium, Chiefs fans filled Arrowhead Stadium to play their part in the Week 7 contest between their favorite team and the visiting Houston Texans.

The game began with the Chiefs receiving the opening kick, before they were later forced to punt.

The Houston Texans offense, led by QB Case Keenum, put points on the board with an opening drive that covered 27-yards, lasting 4:55, before Texans K Randy Bullock made good on a 48-yard FG.



The Chiefs offense responded in a quick fashion as Chiefs QB Alex Smith used a wide variety of targets, including WR Dwayne Bowe, RB Anthony Sherman, TE Anthony Fasano, WR Dexter McCluster and RB Jamaal Charles, who ended the drive with a one-yard TD run.

Scoring Drive: 11 plays 82 yards, 5:29 - one-yard TD run by Jamaal Charles.

The score remained the same as the first quarter ended.



The Houston Texans regained the lead, early in the second quarter, when Texans QB Case Keenum found Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins for a 29-yard TD.

Scoring Drive:
5 plays, 81 yards, 2:49, 29-yard pass from Keenum to Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins.


Following a great defensive play by Chiefs S Eric Berry, who broke up a third-down pass attempt by Texans QB Case Keenum, Houston had to punt.


On the Chiefs ensuing drive, facing a 3rd-and-4 from their own nine-yard line, Alex Smith found Bowe for 16 yards and a first down. Smith then found Jamaal Charles on a screen for nine yards as the drive continued. Later, from the Texans five-yard line, Alex Smith delivered a play fake that fooled everybody but his teammates, running in for the score from five yards out.

Scoring Drive: 15 plays, 97 yards, 6:35, 5-yard run by Chiefs QB Alex Smith.


The score remained unchanged into halftime.


The third quarter opened with the Texans on offense. Houston's drive was later stalled, when Chiefs Pro Bowl LB Derrick Johnson sacked Case Keenum for a five-yard loss, forcing a Texans punt.

The Chiefs first drive of the second half ended in the hands of Texans CB Kareem Jackson, who recovered the Jamaal Charles fumble.

The Texans attacked quickly, after the turnover, as Keenum found Texans TE Garrett Graham for a completion to the Chiefs one-yard line. Holding strong, the Chiefs defense refused to allow six points, highlighted by a big stop on third down by Chiefs S Kendrick Lewis. Houston was forced to attempt a 21-yard FG, which was made by Texans K Randy Bullock.


Houston kicked off to a former Texan player, Chiefs DB Quintin Demps, who returned the kick 56 yards, giving the Chiefs offense a short field.

Alex Smith and company eventually moved the ball to the Houston four-yard line, where Chiefs K Ryan Succop nailed a 22-yard FG.

Scoring Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards, 3:17, ending with a 22-yard FG by Chiefs K Ryan Succop.


Case Keenum and the Texans responded to the Chiefs field goal with one of their own, after Texans K Randy Bullock split the uprights from 47 yards out.

Scoring Drive: 5 plays, 51 yards, 1:46, ending with a 47-yard FG by Texans K Randy Bullock


The score remained the same into the fourth quarter.


The Chiefs opened the fourth quarter with a six-yard completion from Alex Smith to TE Anthony Fasano, who took the ball to the Texans one-yard line. Later, facing a fourth-and-one, the Chiefs went for six points, before Smith's pass fell incomplete to Chiefs TE Sean McGrath.

The Chiefs defense kept the Texans off the scoreboard, forcing them to punt after Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers sacked Case Keenum for a six-yard loss.


On the Texans next drive, following a Dustin Colquitt punt, Chiefs Pro Bowl LBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali shared a sack, taking Case Keenum to the ground. Hali was given credit for the forced fumble that was recovered by the Texans.

Following a Texans punt, Chiefs QB Alex Smith was intercepted on the next drive by Texans S Shiloh Keo.

However, as it has all year, the Chiefs defense responded in crushing fashion, highlighted by another sack by Tamba Hali, leading to another punt by the Texans.

In possession of the ball and a one-point lead, coming out of the two-minute warning, the Chiefs faced a third-and-four, when Alex Smith's pass to Dwayne Bowe was broken up, leading to a punt by Dustin Colquitt that was downed on the Texans 10-yard line.

Chiefs Pro Bowl S Eric Berry came up with a pass breakup on the first play and then the Tamba Hali factor happened again. Hali sacked Keenum, forced another fumble, recovered by Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson.

The Chiefs milked the game clock until it struck zeroes and just like that, the Kansas City Chiefs are 7-0.

Final Score: 17-16.

Attendance: 74, 118

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