Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) reacts in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Postgame: Chiefs Escape the Case Keenum Experience Alive


Score: Chiefs 17, Texans 16

It was over when: Tamba Hali sacked Case Keenum and forced a fumble. The ball was recovered by Derrick Johnson at the Texans one-yard-line. KC went with victory formation from there.

Player of the Game: Tamba Hali. He had 2.5 sacks, a quarterback hit, and a tackle for loss in the game. His sack and strip at the end of the game was the clincher.

Fun Stat: Kansas City is the first team ever to go 7-0 the year after having the worst record in the league.




1. Pass Rush

After getting shutout in the first half, Kansas City brought the pressure in the second half. Tamba Hali in the game sacked Case Keenum five times, and added five more quarterback hits. The pressure pretty much ended any chance of Houston moving the ball.

2. Special Teams

Quintin Demps and Dexter McCluster each had big returns that led to great field position for the Chiefs at key times.

3. Dexter McCluster 3rd and 21 Catch-And-Run

Huge momentum turner. It allowed Kansas City to continue a long drive and prevented Houston from getting the ball back with workable field position.




1. Play-Calling

The main point of contention will be the two play calls after the Chiefs were 3rd and Goal from the one yard line. Jamaal Charles has to get two touches in that instance.

2. Secondary Tackling

Tackling in the secondary led to a lot of yards after the catch for the Texans. Houston had three receptions go for 35 yards or more.

3. Alex Smith

A bad interception in Texans territory that cost the Chiefs a field goal attempt and the inability to throw down the field shows the downside of Smith. KC has to have Bowe, Charles, and other to step up to make plays after the catch. They got enough of those play today to win the game.


Kansas City will host the Cleveland Browns next Sunday at noon.


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