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Texans-Chiefs final score: KC protects their home field, beats Houston, 17-16

The Kansas City Chiefs held on to beat the Houston Texans, 17-16, on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead. The Chiefs defense played a solid game once again as Case Keenum, filling in for Matt Schaub, looked pretty good. But the Chiefs timely offense along with their sacking and fumble-forcing defense was too much. Chiefs move to 7-0 on the season.

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Chiefs 1st drive: Punt

A false start pushed the Chiefs back to 3rd-and-12, which they couldn't convert.

Dwayne Bowe was targeted twice on the drive. He caught one for six yards.

Only a 32-yard punt from Dustin Colquitt.

Texans 1st drive: Field goal (3-0, Texans)

The crowd noise became much louder once the defense hit the field.

Case Keenum lined up in the pistol to start the game.

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Keenum passed to Andre Johnson for 11 yards on a 3rd-and-10. The refs gave them a very generous spot on the play, giving them the first down.

The Texans ran it on 3rd-and-14.

SCORE: Houston kicked a 48-yard field goal. 3-0, Texans.

Chiefs 2nd drive: Touchdown (7-3, Chiefs)

Alex hit Bowe for a 21-yard catch. Bowe was wiiiide open but fell down after making the catch, limiting his YAC.

The Texans were hit with a 15-yard penalty for hitting the QB below the knees.

Jamaal made multiple defenders miss on a 14-yard run down the left sideline.

Welcome back, Fasano. He caught a pass that brought the Chiefs to the 1-yard line.

SCORE: Jamaal punches it in from a yard out. 7-3, Chiefs.

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Texans 2nd drive: Touchdown (10-7, Texans)

Devier Posey split the defense for a 42-yard gain. Questionable angle taken by Quintin Demps.

Arian Foster has a hamstring injury and is out of the game.

SCORE: Keenum found DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown.

Chiefs 3rd drive: Punt

Jamaal had another 10-plus yard run.

Chiefs dropped two passes on this drive -- Fasano and Anthony Sherman.

Great special teams tackle by Husain Abdullah on the return. The returner had a lot of open space after Dustin Colquitt's 63-yard punt, which is the longest punt of the season for him.

Texans 3rd drive: Punt

Started on their own 10-yard line.

Andre Johnson had a terrific catch up the middle of the field for 26 yards. He just straight up beat Flowers in coverage.

Chiefs got fortunate with a holding call, which moved the Texans back 10 yards. That forced Keenum to pass, which resulted in DJ coming up the middle unblocked on third down and Keenum throwing it away.

The Texans also pinned the Chiefs inside the five-yard line on the punt.

Chiefs 4th drive: Touchdown (14-10, Chiefs)

The Chiefs drive started on their own 3-yard line with 7:18 left.

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SCORE: Alex keeps it from five yards out and runs it in for six. 14-10, Chiefs.

Was it a busted play or was it a designed run?


Texans 4th drive: Halftime

The Texans threw a Hail Mary on the final play and Andre Johnson almost caught it before it fell incomplete.


Texans 5th drive: Punt

Ben Tate was injured.

Derrick Johnson sacked Keenum on third down to force a punt.

Chiefs 5th drive: Turnover

TURNOVER: Jamaal fumbled, giving it to the Texans at the Chiefs 28-yard line.

Texans 6th drive: Field goal (14-13, Chiefs)

GOAL LINE STAND! The Texans had a 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line and the Chiefs held on three straight plays, forcing a field goal.

Chiefs 6th drive: Field goal (17-14, Chiefs)

Quintin Demps kicked things off with a 57-yard kick return. He did a nice job waiting on his blockers.

Alex had a great 23-yard scramble. As he was going down to slide, DJ Swearinger hit him, and was flagged for it. Alex got up and got in his face.

Cyrus Gray lined up at QB and ran the wild cat.

Brian Cushing was injured when Jamaal blocked him. Things started to get very chippy after that.

SCORE: Ryan Succop kicked a 22-yard field goal. 17-13, Chiefs.

Texans 7th drive: Field goal (7-16, Chiefs)

Keenum ran around the backfield for what seemed like 15 minutes and then threw a bomb to Andre Johnson for 42 yards.

SCORE: Texans kicked a field goal to make it 17-16, Chiefs.

Chiefs 7th drive: Turnover on downs

DMC picked up a 43-yard gain thanks to his speed and some great blocking.

Jamaal had an 18-yard gain to push the Chiefs into the red zone.

Fasano caught a pass at the 1-yard line and banged right into the Texans safety. The refs ruled him down at the 1-yard line but a review showed he did not get in.

The Chiefs went for it on fourth down from the 1-yard line but did NOT get it. Alex targeted McGrath, but the ball was out of bounds.


Texans 8th drive: Punt

Starting at their own 1-yard line, Keenum his DeAndre Hopkins for a 35-yard gain.

Chiefs 8th drive: Punt

KC started on their own 8-yard line.

Chiefs can't do anything and punt it away.

Texans 9th drive: Punt

Chiefs force a three-and-out with a third down sack.

Chiefs 9th drive: Punt

Chiefs started the drive at midfield with 7:24 left in the game.

Chiefs had to punt.

Texans 10th drive: Punt

Another third down sack. Another three-and-out.

Chiefs 10th drive: Punt

Another punt for the Chiefs, with less than two minutes left.

Texans 11th drive: Turnover

Tamba Hali forced another fumble and the Chiefs picked it up on the 1-yard line.

Chiefs 11th drive: Victory formation


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