[Kansas City.com] Despite bashing the Texans on Sunday night at Reliant Stadium, the Chiefs struggled all night with lackluster special-teams play.
In fact, the few times the home crowd got to its feet were on kickoff and punt returns.
Texans rookie Jerome Mathis recorded his second kickoff-return touchdown of the season on a 99-yard burst with 4 minutes, 5 seconds left in the first quarter.
Mathis almost struck again as time ran out in the first half. After cornerback Eric Warfield returned an interception 57 yards – giving the Chiefs a 31-7 lead with 3 seconds left – the Chiefs again kicked off to Mathis.
He streaked up the far sideline before being pushed out of bounds by Chris Horn at the Chiefs’ 18.
The return covered 56 yards.
Mathis finished with seven kick returns for 266 yards. The 99-yard touchdown was a Texans team record.