Trailing 24-23 going into the fourth quarter, the Houston Texans maintained possession of the ball for an unbelievable 13:35 of the 15-minute quarter, while scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion, to beat the Chiefs 31-24 at Kansas City on Sunday.
With 14:49 to go in the game, the Texans took possession of the ball on their own 7-yard line. Quarterback Deshaun Watson then directed the Texans on a 12-play drive before he scored on a 1-yard run. Remarkably, the Texans never had a third down play during the drive. The Texans went for the two-point conversion and Watson found DeAndre Hopkins in the endzone to give the Texans a 31-24 lead with 6:17 to go in the game.
The Texans’ defense then rose to the occasion forcing the Chiefs to go three-and-out, giving the offense the ball with 5:03 to go. Facing a fourth down and three at the Kansas City 27-yard line with 2:00 to go in the game, the Texans went for it, putting the game in the hands of their superstars as Watson found Hopkins for an 8-yard gain for a first down and the win.
The Chiefs started strong as they scored on their first three possessions of the game, taking a 17-3 first quarter lead. The Texans’ offense then took over the game as they drove 75 yards in 10 plays with Watson finding Duke Johnson in the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 17-9.
After Tashaun Gipson intercepted a Patrick Mahomes pass in the endzone, the Texans drove 80-yards in 12 plays, finishing with a Carlos Hyde 2-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 17-16.
Gipson’s interception was the first of the year against Mahomes.
“I just read his eyes and played the ball. It was a big play. Mahomes doesn’t have any weaknesses so we decided to challenge him. We played man 95% of the game. We knew it would be tough, be we were up to it.” Gipson said. “Anytime you can come into Arrowhead Stadium and quiet the crowd, it’s a beautiful thing. They came out fast and we came out flat, but we just calmed down and began to play our game.”
With 32 seconds to go in the half, Mahomes was sacked by Charles Omenihu, causing a fumble that Bernardrick McKinney recovered at the 3-yard line. Watson then scrambled around the right end for a 3-yard touchdown run, giving the Texans a 23-17 halftime lead.
The Chiefs responded in the third quarter as Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill with a 6-yard touchdown pass, giving the Chiefs a 24-23 lead. But the stage was set for the Texans’ fourth quarter dominance.
For the game, Watson completed 30 of 42 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown, and he rushed 10 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Hyde rushed 26 times for 116 yards and one touchdown. Hopkins had nine receptions for 55 yards and Darren Fells had six receptions for 69 yards. The Texans generated 430 yards of total offense and ran 74 plays to 44 for the Chiefs. The Texans possessed the ball for 39:20.
For the Chiefs, Mahomes completed 19 of 35 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Hill had five receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
The Texans will play the Colts in Indianapolis next Sunday.
11:53 Chiefs: Tyreek Hill 46-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes. Harrison Butker kick.
Chiefs 7, Texans 0
10:24 Chiefs: Butker 41-yard field goal.
Chiefs 10, Texans 0
5:50 Texans: Ka’imi Fairbairn 44-yard field goal.
Chiefs 10, Texans 3
1:36 Chiefs: Damien Williams 14-yard pass from Mahomes. Butker kick.
Chiefs 17, Texans 3
12:22 Texans: Duke Johnson 11-yard pass from Deshaun Watson. Fairbairn kick failed.
Chiefs 17, Texans 9
3:10 Texans: Carlos Hyde 2-yard run. Fairbairn kick.
Chiefs 17, Texans 16
0:23 Texans: Watson 3-yard run. Fairbairn kick.
Texans 23, Chiefs 17
6:36 Chiefs: Hill 6-yard pass from Mahomes. Butker kick.
Chiefs 24, Texans 23
6:24 Texans: Watson 1-yard run. Hopkins pass from Watson for 2-point conversion.
Texans 31, Chiefs 24