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The venue for Sunday Night Football was NRG Stadium, home of the Texans.
The Chiefs, entering the game at 4-0, were trying to remain the only undefeated team in professional football. Tyreek Hill is ready to play in primetime.
The Houston Texans, entering at 2-2, were trying to remove the Chiefs from the ranks of the unbeaten. Texans great Andre Johnson is in the house.
The Texans have struggled to defend Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in the past. After an early Chiefs field goal made it 3-0, it became clear this might be another one of those nights.
The Chiefs added another field goal to make it 6-0, but they weren’t done yet. In the second quarter, Alex Smith –– who was dealing –– led another scoring drive, this one leading to a Charcandrick West touchdown.
After another Chiefs field goal, Kansas City led 16-0 late in the second quarter. The Texans, who lost star pass rushers J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to injury early in the game, finally bounced back. Their rookie quarterback, Deshaun Watson, led a scoring drive before the break. Great touchdown throw to star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to cut the deficit to 16-7.
But the Chiefs weren’t done yet. With a little less than two minutes left in the half, Smith led another touchdown drive, again capped by West, who –– WHOOP! – dipsy-dooed around a defender for a score to put the Chiefs ahead 23-7 at the break.
The Texans didn’t quit, however. Watson put together a scoring drive late in the third quarter, which culminated in a short touchdown throw to Will Fuller V.
The two-point conversion failed, and the Chiefs still led 23-13. They wanted more to, and would get it after this gorgeous deep ball from Smith to Tyreek Hill.
Another Butker field goal – his fourth of the day – gave the Chiefs a comfortable 26-13 lead early in the fourth. But Watson, the terrific young quarterback, had an answer.
The Chiefs only led 26-20 with 12 minutes left, and they needed an answer. Their MVP candidate, Smith, did the job, guiding a scoring drive culminating in coach Andy Reid’s favorite play.
And a few minutes later, Ty Hill finished the job.
The Texans added a few scores after that, but the deficit was too great, and that was all she wrote.
Chiefs 42, Texans 34
▪ Quarterback Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes for 324 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He improved to 23-11 on the road since 2013, and the only quarterback with a better winning percentage over that span is New England star Tom Brady.
▪ Running back Kareem Hunt rushed 29 times for 107 yards. His 29 carries is a career-high. Hunt is one more 100-yard game away from tying Joe Delaney for the most in team history by a rookie.
▪ Tight end Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 98 yards.
▪ The Chiefs current nine-game road winning streak ties the longest mark in club history, set during the 1966 and 1967 seasons.
▪ The Chiefs opened a season 5-0 for only the third time in club history and first time since 2013.