Final

Chiefs 42

(3-0, 1-0 away)

Texans 14

(1-2, 0-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 21, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 7 7 14 1442
HOU 0 7 0 714

Priest's line: 156 total yards, two TDs

HOUSTON (AP) -- It didn't take much for the Texans to go from within striking distance of the Chiefs to being blown out.

A penalty at a key moment, a fumble deep in their own territory and a special teams breakdown all led to Kansas City touchdowns Sunday and helped send the Texans to a 42-14 defeat, their second consecutive loss.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Chiefs: Should K.C. incorporate Dante Hall more into the offense or would that be a dangerous move?
No, they have a great offense and it's not a good idea to upset its balance. Hall is doing a great job on special teams and should stay there until further notice.

Question on the Texans: How can the Texans establish some consistent offense?
They should follow the blueprint from last season and play good defense and ball-control offense. If they can establish a running game, they'll be able to stay competitive.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

"I know we're capable of a lot better," Houston coach Dom Capers said.

"It got out of hand quick," quarterback David Carr added.

Rookie receiver Andre Johnson pulled down a pass from Carr to complete a 43-yard scoring play with 5:47 to go in the first half to tie the score at 7. But that was as close as Houston would get as the Chiefs (3-0) scored 35 points before Johnson added a second TD on a 4-yard pass play from Tony Banks with 1:54 to go in the game.

The defeat was so complete Carr was pulled from a game for the first time, ending a string of 1,123 consecutive snaps, turning over quarterback duties to Banks after Shaunard Harts returned an interception 39 yards for a TD with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

"At that point, it didn't matter that much to me," Carr said of his departure.

With the score tied at 7, the Texans (1-2) stopped the Chiefs on third down at the Houston 15. But instead of forcing Kansas City to settle for a field goal, cornerback Kenny Wright was flagged for roughing quarterback Trent Green, giving the Chiefs a first down at the Houston 5. Three plays later, with 19 seconds left in the first half, Priest Holmes ran for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 14-7 lead.

"The quarterback did a good job of faking," Wright said. "I didn't even hit him. I'm feeling sick right now because it was a crucial play. "

"We had the penalty at the end of first half," Capers said. "The score should have been 10-7... In the third quarter, we went out a fumbled the football and everything turned around. The game got away from us."

The fumble was by running back Tony Hollings and was recovered by the Chiefs' cornerback Dexter McCleon at the Houston 32. It took just three plays for the Chiefs to score again when Green connected with Eddie Kennison on a 15-yard pass play to make it 21-7.

Chat with Priest Holmes
Priest
Chat with Chiefs RB Priest Holmes at halftime of Monday Night Football on September 22!

"Any time you turn the ball over, against any team, but especially against a team like Kansas City, with the offense they have, you can't give them the field position we did," Capers said. "The thing is you have to learn to protect the ball."

"Right when I was about to get into the hole, it happened," Hollings said. "It was a great hit but I should have held on to the ball."

On the next possession, the Texans went three plays and out, with Chad Stanley's 42-yard punt on fourth down fielded at the Kansas City 27 by Dante Hall, who played at Texas A&M. Hall scooted virtually untouched the length of the field -- 73 yards -- to give the Chiefs a 28-7 advantage.

The rout was on.

"A guy like Dante Hall, you have to have people tackle him," Capers said. "You don't want to get in a one-on-one situation with him."

Ex-Texas Longhorn Holmes, from San Antonio, finished with 156 total yards and two touchdowns. For Hall, the touchdown was his fifth punt or kickoff return for a touchdown in his last eight games.

Holmes' backup, Derrick Blaylock, scored on a 20-yard TD run in the final quarter, the first of his career.

Johnson was one of Houston's few bright spots, catching seven passes for 102 yards and two scores.

The Chiefs went to the air early as Green guided them down the field on their second possession, gaining 31 yards on an outlet pass to Holmes to the Houston 6. Holmes scored on the next play, sprinting around the right end and into the end zone.

Two possessions later, the Chiefs were threatening again when Texans linebacker Charlie Clemons tipped Green's pass and cornerback Marcus Coleman leaped for his third interception of the season.

Houston drove past midfield when Carr hit rookie Johnson in stride for a 43-yard scoring play, capping the longest TD drive in the team's short history.

"I felt like we were doing some decent things in the first half," Carr said. "They just came out and shut us down."

"I don't know what it was," safety Eric Brown said. "We played a good first half but in the second half we've been letting down. When you have a foot on people's throats, you've just got to keep them down."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Kansas City
Houston
1st Downs2720
3rd down efficiency
7-134-15
4th down efficiency
0-02-2
Total Yards426316
Yards per play6.74.9
Total Drives21
Passing258209
Comp-Att
16-2824-38
Yards per pass
9.25.5
Interceptions thrown
22
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-41-9
Rushing168107
Rushing Attempts
3526
Yards per rush
4.84.1
Penalties4-2010-74
Turnovers24
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
22
Possession30:2129:39

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green16/282629.4121-4
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr17/271676.2121-9
Banks7/11514.6100-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes18894.9215
Hall4338.3016
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hollings7415.9015
Mack13393.0013

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes46716.8031
Gonzalez35217.3022
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson710214.6243
Mack6437.2010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCHOU
TD6:23PRIEST HOLMES 6 YD RUN (MORTEN ANDERSEN KICK)
Drive: 6 plays, 84 yds, 2:48
70
SECOND QUARTERKCHOU
TD9:13ANDRE JOHNSON 43 YD PASS FROM DAVID CARR (KRIS BROWN KICK)
Drive: 9 plays, 96 yds, 5:47
77
TD14:47PRIEST HOLMES 5 YD RUN (MORTEN ANDERSEN KICK)
Drive: 14 plays, 69 yds, 5:34
147
THIRD QUARTERKCHOU
TD11:46EDDIE KENNISON 15 YD PASS FROM TRENT GREEN (MORTEN ANDERSEN KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 32 yds, 1:24
217
TD13:32DANTE HALL 73 YD PUNT RETURN (MORTEN ANDERSEN KICK) 287
FOURTH QUARTERKCHOU
TD1:02DERRICK BLAYLOCK 20 YD RUN (MORTEN ANDERSEN KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 85 yds, :49
357
TD8:00SHAUNARD HARTS 39 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MORTEN ANDERSEN KICK) 427
TD13:06ANDRE JOHNSON 4 YD PASS FROM TONY BANKS (KRIS BROWN KICK)
Drive: 16 plays, 73 yds, 5:06
4214