The entire two-play scoring drive took just 59 seconds off the game clock.
Field goal makes it 24-0, Texans.
After a 38-yard drive stalled out at Kansas City’s 21-yard line, the Texans briefly considered going for it on fourth-and-1, but ultimately thought better of it and sent out Ka’imi Fairbairn for a 31-yard field goal that stretched Houston’s lead to 24-0.
While the enormous lead makes it less of an issue, Houston had to burn two timeouts on the brief drive, which could potentially take away a scoring opportunity late in the quarter.
First quarter closes with Houston on top.
Houston is leading 21-0, having scored the highest first-quarter points total in franchise history.
The Texans are dominating in every phase of the game. Deshaun Watson has completed 7 of 8 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns, the team is running for 5.6 yards a carry, the defense has forced Kansas City to attempt three punts, and special teams play has directly led to two touchdowns.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, have had nothing go right. Patrick Mahomes has put the ball in the right spot multiple times, only to have his receivers drop the ball, Kansas City has gone 0 for 3 on third-down conversions, and receiver Tyreek Hill had to be helped off the field after a huge hit from safety Justin Reid on an incomplete pass.
Houston’s current yardage advantage: 114 to 46.
Texans score after another huge special teams play.
It looked like things might be setting down after a hectic stretch in which Houston scored two touchdowns in a span of just 1 minute 53 seconds of game clock. But Bryan Anger’s punt was muffed by Tyreek Hill and the Texans recovered the ball at Kansas City’s 6-yard line. Two plays later, Deshaun Watson connected with receiver Darren Fells for a 4-yard touchdown pass that, along with the extra point, has Houston up, 21-0.
The mistakes are piling up for the Chiefs, who seem absolutely lost on both offense and special teams. Patrick Mahomes will need to find a way to score quickly before this game gets out of hand.
This is the largest scoring deficit of Mahomes’s professional career.
Texans go up, 14-0, after blocked punt.
Continuing their absolutely stunning start against the heavily-favored Chiefs, the Texans’ special teams came up huge, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown and an early 14-0 lead.