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Final score: Chiefs defeat Texans 34-20 to open title defense

The offense picked up right where it left off as Kansas City went home with a win on banner night.

Houston Texans v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

With each NFL year comes a fresh start for every organization — but it was difficult to see the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans and not think of the 24-0 lead the Texans blew in last year’s Divisional round. The Chiefs went on a 51-7 run and won that game by 20.

On Thursday night, the Chiefs only had to come back from seven points, which they did, defeating Houston in convincing fashion, 34-20. The most hyped Chiefs rookie since quarterback Patrick Mahomes, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire shined as he compiled 25 carries for 138 yards and his first career touchdown. Mahomes was 24 of 32 for 211 yards and three touchdowns.

Edward-Helaire’s score came in the third quarter. The running back made two cuts on the play — left and then right and then in the end zone for 27 yards and a 24-7 Chiefs lead.

On a night with all the hype leading into the game for the Chiefs’ rookie, it was Texans veteran David Johnson, who Houston acquired in the controversial trade for DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason, that struck first. Johnson cut to his right just out of the grasp of rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed and ran 19 yards for a touchdown to give Houston a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Chiefs tied the game on their next drive when Mahomes stepped back from the 6-yard line and managed to find tight end Travis Kelce despite heavy traffic in the end zone.

The Chiefs’ next drive took most of the second quarter thanks to a heavy dosage of the run game. Edwards-Helaire and backup running back Darrel Williams combined for 55 rushing yards on a series that drained more than nine minutes off the clock. Sammy Watkins received a 2-yard touchdown to make it 14-7, and kicker Harrison Butker connected on a 29-yard field goal as the Chiefs led 17-7 heading into the halftime locker room.

Aside from the early scoring drive, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson could not find a rhythm for much of the game. On the first play of the fourth quarter, safety Tyrann Mathieu pressured Watson, leading to a bad throw into the hands of Sneed. Sneed made the first start of his career in place of suspended veteran Bashaud Breeland. Mahomes used the short field to dish wide receiver Tyreek Hill his first touchdown of the season.

Watson and the Texans showed life late in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns with the Chiefs dealing with injuries to their defense, but Kansas City already had the game in hand.


Injury

  • Defensive tackle Khalen Saunders left during the first quarter with an injury to his left arm.
  • Defensive end Alex Okafor left during the third quarter with a hamstring injury.
  • Cornerback Charvarius Ward left during the fourth quarter with a hand injury.

Special teams

  • Punter Tommy Townsend booted a nice ball from the Houston 43-yard line that was downed by wide receiver Byron Pringle at their 5-yard line.
  • In addition to Butker’s earlier field goal, he added a 19-yarder in the closing minutes to seal the victory.

Rapid reaction

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Statistics

CATEGORY HOU KC
Total Yards 360 369
Total Plays 58 67
Yards per play 6.2 5.5
Rushing Yards 118 166
Rush Attempts 22 34
Yards per rush 5.40 4.90
Passing Gross Yards 253 211
Sacks/Yards lost 4/11 1/8
Passing Net Yards 242 203
Comp/Att/Pct 20/32/63% 24/32/75%
Yards per pass 6.70 6.20
Interceptions thrown 1 0
Fumbles lost 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties/Yards 5/37 1/5
Total Drives 9 9
Time of Possession 25:13 34:47
First downs 21 28
Rushing first downs 8 9
Passing first downs 13 16
Penalty first downs 0 3
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 4/10/40% 7/13/54%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 1/1/100% 1/1/100%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 1/1/100% 3/4/75%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 3/3/100% 3/5/60%
Touchdowns 3 4
TDs/Rushing 2 1
TDs/Passing 1 3
TDs/Interception 0 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 2/3 4/4
Field Goals (Made/Att) 2/2 4/4
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/1 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 4/2/2 6/5/3
Punts (Num/Yds) 3/123 3/136
Gross Punting Avg Yds 41.0 45.3
Net Punting Avg Yds 41.0 32.3
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 19 39
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 1/19 0/0
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 3/66 2/48
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 1/39
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 0/3 1/2
Attendance -- 15,895

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Patrick Mahomes 24 32 211 6.6 3 19 0 1 8 123.3
TEAM 24 32 211 6.6 3 19 0 1 8 //

TEXANS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Deshaun Watson 20 32 253 7.9 1 31 1 4 11 84.5
TEAM 20 32 253 7.9 1 31 1 4 11 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 25 138 5.5 1 27t
Darrel Williams 7 23 3.3 0 7
Anthony Sherman 1 2 2.0 0 2
Sammy Watkins 1 3 3.0 0 3
TEAM 34 166 4.9 1 27

TEXANS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
David Johnson 11 77 7.0 1 19t
Deshaun Watson 6 27 4.5 1 13
Duke Johnson 5 14 2.8 0 7
TEAM 22 118 5.4 2 19

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mecole Hardman 1 6 6.0 0 6 1 9
Tyreek Hill 5 46 9.2 1 15 6 21
Travis Kelce 6 50 8.3 1 15 6 36
Demarcus Robinson 3 20 6.7 0 9 6 19
Sammy Watkins 7 82 11.7 1 19 9 34
Darrel Williams 2 7 3.5 0 6 2 14
TEAM 24 211 8.8 3 19 32 133

TEXANS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Jordan Akins 2 39 19.5 1 20 2 15
DeAndre Carter 1 8 8.0 0 8 2 4
Randall Cobb 2 23 11.5 0 17 3 21
Brandin Cooks 2 20 10.0 0 11 5 17
Darren Fells 2 19 9.5 0 12 2 13
Will Fuller V 8 112 14.0 0 31 10 29
David Johnson 3 32 10.7 0 15 4 33
Duke Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kenny Stills 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
TEAM 20 253 12.7 1 31 31 132

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TEXANS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Frank Clark 3 2 1 1.0 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Danna 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rashad Fenton 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antonio Hamilton 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 7 4 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones 4 3 1 1.5 2.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 8 6 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dorian O'Daniel 2 2 0 1.0 5.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Alex Okafor 1 0 1 0.5 2.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
L'Jarius Sneed 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tedric Thompson 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Thornhill 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damien Wilson 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 47 37 10 4 11 1 2 2 7 0 0 0

TEXANS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Zach Cunningham 8 6 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Dunn 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P.J. Hall 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Vernon Hargreaves III 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lonnie Johnson Jr. 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jacob Martin 2 2 0 1.0 8.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Benardrick McKinney 7 5 2 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Whitney Mercilus 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A.J. Moore Jr. 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Eric Murray 7 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Reid 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Reid 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Bradley Roby 6 6 0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brennan Scarlett 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.J. Watt 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
TEAM 61 50 11 1 8 0 4 2 3 0 0 0

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
L'Jarius Sneed 1 39 39.0 39 0
TEAM 1 39 39.0 39 0

TEXANS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 1 20 20.0 20 0
Armani Watts 1 28 28.0 28 0
TEAM 2 48 24.0 28 0

TEXANS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
DeAndre Carter 3 66 22.0 23 0
TEAM 3 66 22.0 23 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

TEXANS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
DeAndre Carter 1 19 19.0 19 0
TEAM 1 19 19.0 19 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 2/2 100.0 29 4 10
TEAM 2/2 100.0 29 4 10

TEXANS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Ka'imi Fairbairn 1/0 0.0 0 2 2
TEAM 1/0 0 0 2 2

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 3 136 45.3 1 1 54
TEAM 3 136 45.3 1 1 54

TEXANS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Bryan Anger 3 123 41.0 0 2 42
TEAM 3 123 41.0 0 2 42