Patrick Mahomes didn’t miss a beat Thursday night in the first game of the 2020 NFL season, leading his Chiefs to a 34-20 win over the Texans.
Mahomes threw for three touchdowns on 24-of-32 passing and didn’t need to exert himself late in the game with the reigning Super Bowl champs in control. He found familiar targets on each of his three scoring throws: Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill.
But the Chiefs also enjoyed key contributions from newcomers on each side of the ball. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown, while rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed intercepted Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Houston trailed 31-7 before pulling closer in garbage time. It won’t get much easier schedule-wise for the Texans, who meet the Ravens and Steelers next. There’s already concern, then, that the team will enter the middle of the campaign in a bleak situation from which it might struggle to crawl out.
David Johnson did average 7 yards per carry for the Texans and racked up 109 all-purpose yards as a bright spot for coach Bill O’Brien’s squad.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Texans vs. Chiefs to kick off the 2020 NFL season. Follow below for complete results from the Thursday night football game.
Texans vs. Chiefs final score
Texans vs. Chiefs results, highlights from Thursday night football
11:25 p.m.: Final: Chiefs 34, Texans 20.
11:19 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Chiefs. Butker nails his second easy one of the night, this one from just 19 yards out.
11:13 p.m.: The Chiefs recover the onside kick.
11:11 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Texans. Watson holds onto a read option and jogs into the end zone untouched. There is 2:38 on the clock, so an onside kick is upcoming. 31-20, Kansas City.
11:08 p.m.: Houston gets the ball back with 5:39 remaining.
10:58 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Texans. Jordan Akins hauls in a pass over the middle, though the play probably should have been waved off for a false start. The two-point attempt is no good. 31-13, Kansas City.
10:56 p.m.: The Texans convert a fourth-and-8 with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Regardless of how this drive finishes, though, it’s probably too late for Houston.
10:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs. Mahomes gets Tyreek Hill involved this time on a simple crossing route in the end zone. 31-7, Kansas City.
10:35 p.m.: Interception. Watson makes an ill-advised, forced throw as he’s hit and it wobbles into the hands of rookie defensive back L’Jarius Sneed. Sneed runs his pick back into Texans territory.
End of third quarter: Chiefs 24, Texans 7
10:27 p.m.: The Chiefs get around midfield before their drive stalls. But they bleed out the clock to just over a minute left in the third quarter, and considering their lead, that’s a successful possession.
10:19 p.m.: Kansas City brings pressure on third-and-7, forcing Watson to run out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback appears frustrated as he heads to the bench and the special teams unit comes out.
10:10 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs. Edwards-Helaire goes over 100 yards for the game with a 27-yard scoring run up the middle. He’s having a special debut. 24-7, Chiefs.
10:05 p.m.: The second half is underway. Kansas City starts with the ball to open the third quarter.
Halftime: Chiefs 17, Texans 7
9:45 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Chiefs. Mahomes works his magic to get Harrison Butker in range for a 29-yard chip shot as time expires. 17-7, Kansas City.
9:45 p.m.: NO GOOD. The Texans miss a 51-yard field goal attempt with 26 seconds left in the half.
9:32 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs. Watkins gets his touchdown anyway, snagging a third-and-goal pass. 14-7, Kansas City.
9:28 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs (NEGATED BY REVIEW). Sammy Watkins catches a short ball and almost does the rest with his legs. A review rules he was down at the 1.
9:27 p.m.: First-and-goal for the Chiefs.
9:24 p.m.: Edwards-Helaire looks really, really good right now. He’s averaging more than 5 yards per carry so far.
9:18 p.m.: After the Texans punt, the Chiefs pick up a quick first down and are seemingly cruising their way forward again.
9:08 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs. Mahomes links up with Travis Kelce in the end zone. 7-7.
End of first quarter: Texans 7, Chiefs 0
9:04 p.m.: Edwards-Helaire’s first NFL chunk play has the Chiefs moving as the first quarter comes to a close.
8:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Texans. David Johnson, who has been shifty throughout the first quarter, sprints down the sideline for 19 yards and a score. 7-0, Houston.
8:51 p.m.: Watson seems to be finding a groove, moving his team past midfield with completions to Darren Fells, Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks.
8:44 p.m.: The Chiefs are forced to punt after having their score taken away.
8:38 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN (NEGATED BY REVIEW), Chiefs. Mahomes went deep to Demarcus Robinson, who stretched out for what was ruled on the field to be a touchdown catch. The ball came out at the very end, and they reviewed whether he hung on long enough. The call has been reversed, wiping the touchdown off the board.
8:32 p.m.: Houston goes three-and-out.
8:29 p.m.: The Chiefs kick the ball off and the NFL season has begun.
8:25 p.m.: Start time is slightly delayed.
8:18 p.m.: The Chiefs show off their Super Bowl banner before the game.
8:05 p.m.: Andy Reid is in danger of fogging up his line of vision with a visor over his glasses.
Texans vs. Chiefs start time
Kickoff for Chiefs vs. Texans won’t arrive until 8:20 p.m. ET, but this is the NFL season-opener, so a lengthy pregame show is planned and scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Kansas City is in the Central time zone, which makes for a 7:20 local kickoff time and a game that will begin in daylight but quickly transition into a contest under the Arrowhead Stadium lights.
All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET.
NFL schedule Week 1
Here’s the full schedule for Week 1 of the NFL season, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.
Note: National broadcasts are listed in bold.
Thursday, Sept. 10
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Texans at Chiefs||8:20 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
Sunday, Sept. 13
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Eagles at Washington||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Dolphins at Patriots||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Packers at Vikings||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Colts at Jaguars||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Bears at Lions||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Raiders at Panthers||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Jets at Bills||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Browns at Ravens||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Seahawks at Falcons||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Chargers at Bengals||4:05 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Cardinals at 49ers||4:25 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Buccaneers at Saints||4:25 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Cowboys at Rams||8:20 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
Monday, Sept. 14
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Steelers at Giants||7:10 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Titans at Broncos||10:20 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
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