Final

Texans 24

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Chiefs 21

(0-3, 0-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 26, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 6 8 1024
KC 7 0 7 721

Texans drop Chiefs to 0-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Marcus Coleman made the interception and the long return. Andre Johnson and Derick Armstrong made the catches.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Texans-Chiefs: Does Vermeil have the personnel to get this team turned around?

The answer is definitely yes, but the real question is: Can the Chiefs' offense overcome the poor play of the defense? On paper, this offense is extremely explosive, but it isn't happening on the field. This week is a perfect example of the offense looking good, but the effort still not translating into a victory. RB Priest Holmes had over 100 yards rushing and TE Tony Gonzalez had a big game also, but the Chiefs' defense cost the team the game.

Defenses have to give their offense a break sometimes by causing turnovers or forcing three-and-outs to take the pressure off, and the Chiefs don't do that. They give up third-down conversions readily and are terrible at making the opposition cough the ball up. Until the defense starts to play better, the Chiefs aren't going to win.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

And, finally, Kris Brown made the kick that kept the Kansas City Chiefs winless.

The Houston Texans came up with one clutch second-half play after another Sunday, and Brown capped the rally by nailing a 49-yard field goal with 2 seconds left for a 24-21 victory. The Chiefs, the defending AFC West champions, became the fourth team since 1990 to start 0-3 after making the playoffs the previous season.

"My life peaks when I get a chance to win a game," Brown said.

Priest Holmes became the Chiefs' career leading rusher with 4,941 yards but couldn't get into the end zone. Trent Green threw three touchdown passes but also gave up the interception that Coleman returned 102 yards for a third-quarter touchdown to tie the game at 14.

And the defense kept Houston in check for three quarters -- before giving up three plays of 20 or more yards in the fourth. On the winning drive, Houston marched 42 yards in 2:16 to set up the field goal.

"Right now, we're sort of snakebit," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "We can't make things go our way. We had an opportunity to win a football game here, and we couldn't take advantage of it."

Kansas City, 13-3 a year ago, hasn't started this badly since opening the 1980 season 0-4.

"It feels like someone's got me in a headlock, and I can't get out of it," said tight end Tony Gonzalez, who caught Green's first touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Houston (1-2) won despite just 76 yards rushing against a team that gave up career days to opposing running backs in the first two games.

Holmes played despite a sprained ankle. He broke Christian Okoye's record of 4,897 yards midway through the third quarter, on a 7-yard run up the middle.

But his failure to score from the 1 in the third quarter kept Kansas City from taking a two-touchdown lead. One play later, he was chasing Coleman.

Holmes caught him at the 3-yard line but couldn't punch the ball loose.

"If I had it to do over again, I'd probably have tried to push him out of bounds and get our defense back on the field," Holmes said.

Coleman's return was the longest defensive touchdown ever given up by the Chiefs, and the longest in Houston's two-plus seasons. The Texans' previous record was Marlon McCree's 95-yard interception return against Tennessee last Dec. 21, while Buffalo's Tony Greene returned an interception 101 yards against Kansas City in 1976.

"We had been out there a while, and I was a little tired," Coleman said. "I was just trying to get it in there."

Green's third TD pass, to tight end Jason Dunn, put the Chiefs up 21-14 with just over 11 minutes left in the game.

But Houston responded on its ensuing possession with David Carr's 9-yard touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney, tying the game at 21. Johnson's leaping, juggling 37-yard grab over cornerback Eric Warfield set up the score.

"David just told me to go," Johnson said. "He knows that if there is a jump ball, that I can win it."

Also on the drive, Houston converted on third-and-17 when Carr hit Armstrong for a 20-yard gain to the Kansas City 45.

Green's other TD pass went to Chris Horn -- activated from the practice squad Saturday -- for a 14-6 lead in the third.

Carr also threw an interception in the end zone, costing the Texans a chance to take an early lead and giving the Chiefs the ball on their first scoring drive.

Warfield, playing in his first game since his arrest Monday on suspicion of drunken driving, picked off Carr's floater after the Texans drove to the Kansas City 10 for his third interception in two games.

Kansas City capitalized with Gonzalez's touchdown catch, but Houston trailed only 7-6 at the half after Brown kicked field goals of 28 and 49 yards in the second quarter.

Game notes


Kansas City inducted the late Joe Delaney into its Hall of Fame at halftime. Delaney, a running back, was the AFC Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl in 1981 but drowned after his second season trying to rescue three children from a Louisiana pond. ... Houston has never started a season 0-3. ... Okoye attended Sunday's game as part of a Chiefs alumni reunion. ... Carr did not complete a pass until 11:20 remained in the first half, when Domanick Davis had a 17-yard catch.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERHOUKC
houTD4:26Touchdown(Jonathan Wells run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 1 plays, 98 yds, 0:00
1414
FIRST QUARTERHOUKC
kcTD5:41Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:33
06
THIRD QUARTERHOUKC
kcTD11:38Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yds, 3:13
613
FOURTH QUARTERHOUKC
kcTD11:14Touchdown
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yds, 3:40
1420
FIRST QUARTERHOUKC
kc5:41
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:33
07
SECOND QUARTERHOUKC
houFG6:40Kris Brown 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 88 yds, 5:14
37
THIRD QUARTERHOUKC
kc11:38
Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yds, 3:13
614
FOURTH QUARTERHOUKC
kc11:14
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yds, 3:40
1421
houFG0:07Kris Brown 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 42 yds, 2:11
2421
houTD5:37Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 68 yds, 5:11
2021
hou5:37
Drive info: 10 plays, 68 yds, 5:11
2121
SECOND QUARTERHOUKC
houFG0:15Kris Brown 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yds, 1:37
67