Texans 24, Chiefs 21
The Houston Texans took advantage of the beleaguered Kansas City defense when it mattered most.
Kris Brown kicked a 50-yard field goal with two seconds left for a 24-21 victory Sunday, keeping the defending AFC West champions winless. The Chiefs are the fourth team since 1990 to have made the playoffs the previous season and start 0-3.
The Texans put together three plays of 20 or more yards against the Chiefs in the fourth quarter. On the winning drive, Houston marched 42 yards in 2 minutes 16 seconds to set up the field goal.
Priest Holmes played despite a sprained ankle, running for 134 yards to become the Chiefs' career rushing leader. Holmes broke Christian Okoye's record of 4,897 yards midway through the third quarter.
But his failure to score from the 1 in the third quarter kept Kansas City from taking a two-touchdown lead -- and resulted in a defensive score one play later for the Texans (1-2), when Marcus Coleman returned an interception 102 yards to tie it at 14.
Trent Green threw three touchdown passes for Kansas City, which is off to its first 0-3 start since 1980, when the Chiefs opened 0-4. Last year's team went 13-3 in the regular season.
"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."
Green's third touchdown 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 nine-yard touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney, tying it at 21. Green's other scoring passes went to Tony Gonzalez for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and to Chris Horn for a 14-6 lead in the third.
Coleman tied it up on the long interception, returning it down the left sideline for the longest defensive touchdown ever given up by the Chiefs, and the longest in Houston's two-plus seasons. "We had been out there a while, and I was a little tired," Coleman said. "I was just trying to get it in there."
Carr also threw an interception in the end zone, costing the Texans a chance to take an early lead. Warfield picked off Carr's floater after the Texans drove to the Kansas City 10.
Kansas City capitalized with Gonzalez's touchdown catch, but Houston trailed only 7-6 at the half after Brown kicked two field goals.