NFL Game Summary - Kansas City at Houston
(Sunday, October 17th)
Final Score: Houston 35, Kansas City 31
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub threw an 11-yard touchdown pass
to Andre Johnson with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Houston
Texans to a 35-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium.
Schaub completed 25-of-33 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns for the
Texans (4-2), who rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. Arian Foster
ran for 71 yards and two scores for Houston, which rebounded from a
disheartening 34-10 home loss to the New York Giants.
"It was big for us going into the bye week," said Houston cornerback Brice
McCain when asked about the importance of the win. "You don't want to go into
the bye week with a loss. It would have been too long to think about what we
did and everything. We were very blessed with a win in this situation."
Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel converted 20-of-29 throws for 201 yards
and three touchdowns, two of them going to Dwayne Bowe. Thomas Jones had 100
yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown for the Chiefs (3-2), who have lost
two in a row after opening the season with three straight wins.
Ryan Succop made a 24-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 24-14 advantage
with 2:58 remaining in the third quarter.
Vonta Leach returned the ensuing kickoff 26 yards, setting the Texans up at
the Kansas City 46-yard line. Schaub scrambled for minimal gain on first down
before he was sacked for a six-yard loss. Houston faced a 4th-and-1 after
a 12-yard completion to Derrick Ward, and Owen Daniels caught a nine-yard toss
to keep the drive alive which Foster eventually capped with a two-yard TD run
early in the final frame.
Kansas City restored its 10-point lead, orchestrating a nine-play, 70-yard
drive that ended with Jones scoring from 11 yards out.
Schaub then took the Texans 86 yards in eight plays. Foster finished off the
drive by leaping into the end zone for a one-yard score with 3:30 remaining.
The Chiefs were forced to punt after three unsuccessful downs, and the Texans
started from their own 20 with 2:22 showing on the clock.
Schaub completed pass of 10 and 15 yards to Foster and Johnson to reach the
two-minute warning. After an incompletion on first down, Schaub lofted a deep
pass along the right sideline intended for Johnson, who was pushed out of
bounds at the Kansas City 24 for a 31-yard gain. Kansas City cornerback
Brandon Flowers argued that the Houston wideout should have been called for
Schaub's next two passes fell incomplete, but he found Daniels for an 11-yard
toss on third down. After Foster picked up two yards on the ground, Schaub
threw a strike to a wide open Johnson in the back of the end zone for a 35-31
Cassel moved the Chiefs across midfield, but any hopes of a comeback ended
when he was sacked by Houston's Amobi Okoye.
"It's disappointing to come out of here with a loss," Cassel said. "I thought
we competed hard all day. I thought we came out for a battle and it really
was a battle, it went down to the end. Unfortunately, we didn't score enough
points at the end of the day to win the game. It's just one of those things
where you play good opponents and you have to capitalize on opportunities. We
weren't able to finish the game today."
The Chiefs marched down the field on the game's first series. Facing a 4th-
and-2 after a seven-yard sprint up the middle by Dexter McCluster to the
Houston 17, Kansas City head coach Todd Haley rolled the dice by not
attempting the short field goal, but a defensive pass interference prolonged
The Chiefs gambled again on fourth down from the two, and Cassel finished off
the possession with a touchdown pass to Mike Vrabel. It was the 10th career
regular-season touchdown reception for the veteran linebacker. He has also
caught a TD pass in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX while with New England.
Houston tied the game in the second quarter, as Schaub and Joel Dreessen
hooked up on a five-yard touchdown to cap a nine-play jaunt.
After the teams exchanged punts, the Chiefs got the ball back with a little
over two minutes remaining and Cassel covered 63 yards in seven plays. The
drive ended with a 17-yard TD pass to Bowe for a 14-7 Kansas City lead at
Kansas City extended its lead on its first possession of the third quarter, as
a short toss on third down to Bowe resulted in a 42-yard score.
The Texans quickly countered on their next series, with Ward rumbling 38 yards
down the left sideline to the end zone.
Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans was carted off the field late in the second
quarter with a torn Achilles' tendon. He will miss the rest of the
season...Johnson had eight receptions for 138 yards...Ward has scored a
touchdown in three straight games...Jamaal Charles ran for 93 yards on 16
carries for the Chiefs...Bowe caught six passes for 108 yards...Kansas
City was 9-of-16 on third downs, while Houston finished 5-of-10.
10/17 19:25:52 ET
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