Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/20/13
The Houston Texans and their first-year quarterback Case Keenum threw a scare into the Chiefs on Sunday but Kansas City managed to remain unbeaten with a 17-16 victory in front of 74118 relieved fans at Arrowhead Stadium. Keenum playing in his first NFL game threw for 271 yards and a touchdown. But the Chiefs came up with a couple of big defensive stands and the NFL sack leaders sacked Keenum five times in the second half including four times in the fourth quarter. The victory enabled the Chiefs to improve their record to 7-0. Houston 2-5 lost its fifth straight. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was intercepted by Houston’s Shiloh Keh at the Texans’ 22 with 5:47 to play giving Houston an opportunity to take the lead but the defense held. Given one more chance to upset the Chiefs Keenum was sacked by Tamba Hali who forced a fumble at the goal line that was recovered by Derrick Johnson. Hali finished with 2 1/2 sacks. He has five sacks in the last two games. The Chiefs leading 17-16 missed a golden opportunity to score early in the fourth quarter. Smith hit tight end Anthony Fasano at the Houston goal line and was so close coach Andy Reid challenged the spot. But the ruling on the field stood and after Jamaal Charles was stopped for no gain Reid elected to go for it on fourth-and-1. However Smith’s pass sailed over open tight end Sean McGrath for an incompletion and Houston took over at its 1. Keenum bought some field position when he hit rookie DeAndre Hopkins for 35 yards on a catch in which Hopkins got between cornerback Sean Smith and safety Eric Berry. The Chiefs forced Houston to punt but they boxed the Chiefs deep into their own end. Keenum scrambled and threw a rainbow for 42 yards to Andre Johnson midway through the third quarter and the Texans turned that into a 47-yard field goal by Randy Bullock that drew Houston to within 17-16 with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter. The Texans came into the game minus-12 in turnover differential and the Chiefs were a league-leading plus-12 but Kansas City coughed up the first giveaway when Charles fumbled at his 28 with 11:35 to play in the third quarter. On the first play Keenum found tight end Garrett Graham on the sidelines and after eluding linebacker Justin Houston’s tackle Graham made it to the 1. But the Texans were without a running back because of a hamstring injury to Arian Foster and an injury that temporarily forced his backup Ben Tate to the sidelines. Graham tried a sneak that gained a couple of feet; and fullback Greg Jones was stopped for a two-yard loss to the 3 by a submarining safety Kendrick Lewis. Keenum’s back-shoulder throw to DeAndre Hopkins in the corner of the end zone was broken up by Marcus Cooper and Texans coach Gary Kubiak opted for a 21-yard field goal by Bullock drawing Houston to within 14-13 with 9:24 to go in the third period. The Chiefs’ Quintin Demps a former Texan returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards setting up a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Succop that gave the Chiefs a 17-13 lead with 6:07 to go in the third quarter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, No. 7 pick

Top 10 takeaways from the 2017 NBA Draft

John Calipari thinks the one-and-done system is working just fine

Luke Walton responds to LaVar Ball saying Lonzo will lead Lakers to playoffs

Report: Spurs, Cavs trade talks now include LaMarcus Aldridge

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LaVar Ball says ‘Zeus and Jesus’ told him Lonzo would go to Lakers

Cavs are reportedly talking about a trade for Danny Green with Spurs

Kings reportedly showing major interest in Andre Drummond

WATCH: George Springer exits game after HBP

Chiefs part ways with GM John Dorsey

Oilers, Islanders swap Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Box Score 6/22: Emotion-filled Knight for Pens fans, Preds fans... and Knicks fans

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker