The Texans had only one win in eight tries and the Chiefs weren’t about to give them their second in last night’s Sunday night match up in Houston. Kansas City rolled up 446 yards of total offense in a 45-17 win.
Larry Johnson led the way for the Chiefs by tearing up the Houston turf for 211 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns. That broke the Chiefs single-game rushing record of 200 yards, which was set by Barry Word in 1990. Johnson scored Kansas City’s first touchdown in the first quarter, when he broke free for a 23-yard scamper, make it 10-0.
The Texans bounced back immediately when Jerome Mathis returned the ensuing kick 99 yards for a touchdown to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 10-7.
Despite the special team’s set back, Kansas City took back momentum with three second quarter touchdowns. Eddie Kennison caught a 26 yard pass for a score, Larry Johnson found the end zone with a one yard dive and Eric Warfield returned an interception 57 yards to score with three seconds to go in the first half. Kansas City went into the locker room with a 31-7 lead.
Houston cut the lead to 31-17 with a Domanick Davis touchdown and a Kris Brown 22-yard field goal. Kansas City scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter with touchdown catches from Eddie Kennison and Samie Parker. Two of Kennison’s four catches on the day were scores. Tony Gonzalez caught the ball nine times for 98 yards, becoming the first tight end in NFL history to catch at least 50 passes in eight consecutive seasons.
Trent Green finished 19-of-29 for 220 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
The Chiefs improved to 6-4 with the win, while the Texans dropped to 1-9.