Kansas City
DallasKansas City
Chiefs Beat Cowboys for Second 2-0 Start Since 2005
Regular Season Game #2
NFL.com l Video Highlights

Jamaal Charles
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles celebrated with the fans after his 1st quarter touchdown reception.
Sept. 15- Led by a new quarterback in Alex Smith and a new coach in Andy Reid, the Kansas City Chiefs so far have looked nothing like the team that had the NFL's worst record last season.

The all-red outfits they donned for the first time Sunday drove home the point.

Playing nearly mistake-free for the second straight week, Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns against the ball-hawking Dallas Cowboys, and the Chiefs' defense held when it needed to in the fourth quarter to preserve a 17-16 victory.

"When you're trying to build something, you need to win games like this," said Smith, who also had a game-high 57 yards rushing. "These are the games you look at in November and December. You need these types of wins, not only the caliber of the win but the style of win.

"It's not always going to be pretty," he said, "but you have to find a way to bear down."

The Chiefs did that marvelously in the fourth quarter.

Dwayne Bowe's go-ahead touchdown catch and Ryan Succop's field goal had staked them to a 17-13 lead, but the Cowboys were on the move in the closing minutes. After Tony Romo threw three straight incompletions, though, the Cowboys had to settle for Dan Bailey kicking a 53-yard field goal.

The Chiefs regained possession with 3:55 left. Jamaal Charles helped them grind out a couple first downs, and a pass interference call on Morris Claiborne on third-and-10 gave Kansas City another set of downs. That kept Romo from having any time to orchestrate some late-game magic.

"We ask a lot of certain players on this team, and they showed up," Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said. "We did a great job of holding them down."

Romo, who was playing with bruised ribs, finished 30-of-42 passing for 298 yards. His favorite target was Dez Bryant, who had nine catches for 141 yards and the Cowboys' only touchdown.

"You got to realize, you can't forget all the work that you put in to go out and be a good football team," Bryant said.

The Cowboys (1-1) forced the New York Giants into six turnovers in their opener, but couldn't turn the same trick against Kansas City. After preaching ball security all week, the Chiefs got through their second straight game without throwing an interception or losing a fumble.

"Takeaways and points, man, on both sides of the ball. We try to eliminate the turnovers, and we try to score points," Reid said. "It's as simple as that."

The Chiefs, coming off an uplifting win at Jacksonville, were amped for his first game with Reid as their coach at Arrowhead Stadium. A capacity crowd roared when they rolled onto the field in all-red uniforms, departing from traditional white pants to signify the start of a new era.

They kept on rolling, too. Kansas City marched 77 yards on the opening series, the highlight coming when Smith scrambled 17 yards on third-and-15 and executed a Fosbury Flop over a defender for a first down. Smith capped the drive with a short touchdown toss to Charles.

That's when the Romo-to-Bryant connection got on track.

Bryant outwrestled Flowers for a 53-yard catch that helped set up Bailey's first field goal. Bryant then hauled in a short touchdown catch to give Dallas a 10-7 lead.

The Cowboys blocked Succop's 57-yard try to carry their lead into halftime, and then Bryant caught three more passes to set up another field goal in the third quarter. But the Chiefs answered when Smith hit Bowe on a 12-yard slant for a 14-13 lead later in the quarter.

Dallas fumbled on its next two possessions -- Lance Dunbar coughed it up first, and then Romo was strip-sacked by Ron Parker. But the Cowboys' defense stiffened each time, first forcing a field goal and then getting a sack from Bruce Carter to push the Chiefs out of Succop's range.

The Cowboys marched deep into Chiefs territory one last time, but again couldn't find the end zone. And when Romo got the ball back, there was hardly any time left.

"We had a good plan and did some things that gave us a chance to win this football game. We put ourselves in position, but we didn't," Romo said. "Ultimately, that's all that matters."

Individual Statistics
Kansas City Passing:
Alex Smith 21 of 36 for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns

Dallas Passing:
Tony Romo 30 of 42 for 298 yards and 1 touchdown

Kansas City Rushing:
Alex Smith 8 carries for 57 yards
Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles 16 carries for 55  yards
Donnie Avery 1 carry for 2 yards

Dallas Rushing:
DeMarco Murray 12 carries for 25 yards
Lance Dunbar 1 carry for 12 yards
Tony Romo 2 carries for 3 yards
Terrance Williams 1 carry for -3 yards

Kansas City Receiving:
Jamaal Charles 8 receptions for 48 yards and 1 touchdown
Dwayne Bowe 4 receptions for 56 yards and 1 touchdown
Donnie Avery 2 receptions for 38 yards
Sean McGrath 2 receptions for 31 yards
Anthony Fasano 2 receptions for 26  yards
Dexter McCluster 2 receptions for 14 yards
Junior Hemingway 1 reception for 10 yards

Dallas Receiving:
Dez Bryant 9 receptions for 141 yards and 1 touchdown
DeMarco Murray 5 receptions for 49 yards
Miles Austin 3 receptions for 31 yards
Terrance Williams 3 receptions for 28 yards
James Hanna 4 receptions for 20 yards
Jason Witten 3 receptions for 12 yards
Gavin Escobar 1 reception for 9 yards
Lance Dunbar 1 reception for 4 yards
Dwayne Harris 1 reception for 4 yards

Kansas City Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Brandon Flowers 10-0-0, Derrick Johnson 5-1-0, Justin Houston 5-0-0, Akeem Jordan 4-1-0, Dontari Poe 4-0-2, Sean Smith 4-0-0, Tamba Hali 3-0-0, Kendrick Lewis 2-0-0, Eric Berry 2-0-0, Tyson Jackson 1-1-0, Husain Abdullah 1-1-0, Quintin Demps 1-1-0, Ron Parker 1-0-1, Anthony Toribio 1-0-0, Mike DeVito 0-1-0

Dallas Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Barry Church 7-0-0, Bruce Carter 6-0-1, Jason Hatcher 6-0-1, Brandon Carr 4-1-0, Orlando Scandrick 4-0-0, George Selvie 4-0-0, Nick Hayden 3-1-0, Sean Lee 3-1-0, Will Allen 2-2-0, Justin Durant 2-1-0, Anthony Spencer 2-0-0, DeMarcus Ware 2-0-2

Kansas City Fumble Recoveries:
Eric Berry 1 for 22 yards
Ron Parker 1 for 0 yards

Dallas Fumble Recoveries:

Kansas City Interceptions:

Dallas Interceptions: