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Texans Lose Fifth Straight

Updated: Sunday, October 20 2013, 10:50 PM CDT

The Kansas City Chiefs
had their backs to the end zone in the third quarter on Sunday, and the
Houston Texans had first-and-goal with an opportunity to take the lead.

Three straight plays went nowhere and the Texans had to settle for a field goal.

It was a virtuoso display by the NFL's stingiest defense, and a signature stand in a stellar second half.

Chiefs kept repelling the Houston offense the rest of the way, and the
result was a 17-16 victory to extend their perfect start.

know as well as I do you win with great defenses. That's how it rolls,"
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "You can't be successful like we are
without a great defense."

Nor can you be
successful without a guy like Jamaal Charles, who ran for 86 yards and a
touchdown, or quarterback Alex Smith, who also had a touchdown scamper.

"It was a physical game," Charles said, "the kind of a game this team needs to go far."

game was still in doubt even after the Chiefs' goal-line stand. They
had to punt with 1:46 left, but the Texans had no timeouts. Case Keenum
threw an incompletion on first down, and then was stripped by linebacker
Tamba Hali on the ensuing play.

Johnson recovered the ball for the Chiefs, and Smith simply kneeled on
it from there to run time out. The result was a 7-0 start for Kansas
City, trailing only the 9-0 mark put up by the 2003 team for the best in
franchise history.

In the Super Bowl era, 31
teams have started 7-0 and all qualified for the playoffs. Fifteen of
those 31 clubs advanced to the Super Bowl and nine have won it.

confidence," said Hali, who was part of the Chiefs' two-win team last
season. "Guys believe in what we're doing. They believe in one another,
and that goes a long way."

Keenum, making his first NFL start in place of the injured Matt Schaub, threw for 271 yards and a touchdown for the Texans.

performance was overshadowed by a pair of crushing injuries: Running
back Arian Foster left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and
did not return, and linebacker Brian Cushing was carted off with a left
knee injury in the second half.

"It was very
detrimental to us," said Texans coach Gary Kubiak, whose banged-up team
is riding its first five-game skid since Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2005.

they can pin their ears back, they're very, very difficult," Kubiak
said. "They came and got us pretty good there late in the game."

Texans moved the ball well early on, taking the lead on Randy Bullock's
48-yard field goal. But the scoring drive proved costly when Foster
left for the locker room, and then emerged a short while later in a gray

"I'm going do everything I can to get healthy and come back and fight," he said afterward.

Chiefs took the lead later in the first quarter when Charles pounded
into the end zone from a yard out to cap an 82-yard drive. But the
Texans, behind Keenum's unflappable play, retook the lead on a 29-yard
touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins.

"He did a
great job," Kubiak said of his young quarterback, who beat out T.J.
Yates for the starting nod. "He's got some things he's got to understand
when they come after him. But he made some great football plays to get
his team in position to win."

Indeed, the
Texans still led 10-7 midway through the second quarter. Smith proceeded
to guide the Chiefs 97 yards in 15 plays, and his 5-yard draw gave the
Chiefs the lead at halftime.

Bullock tacked on
two more field goals for Houston, and Ryan Succop hit one for the
Chiefs, who came within inches of extending their 17-16 lead early in
the fourth quarter.

Tight end Anthony Fasano
caught a pass at the goal line and was ruled down, and Reid was
unsuccessfully in challenging that it should be a touchdown. Charles was
stuffed on the next play, and Smith's pass to wide open Sean McGrath on
fourth down was out of bounds.

It turned out that the missed points didn't matter.

The Chiefs' defense made sure of that.

The Chiefs had five sacks, giving them 36 on the season. ... Ben Tate
had 50 yards rushing for Houston. ... The Texans did not commit a
turnover until Keenum was stripped at the end. They had an AFC-leading
15 turnovers coming into the game. ... Smith had 231 yards passing.


Texans Lose Fifth Straight

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