November 20 2005: Kansas City Chiefs 45 – Houston Texans 17
Dick Vermeil’s Chiefs were a talented side, but their results were inconsistent. Standing at 5 and 4 after nine game, a weak Houston Texans side offered a good chance to push towards the playoffs. It was a chance the team took – winning not only this game but the following two, pushing on to a 10 and 6 record by the end of the year.
The Chiefs scored six touchdowns on the day and kicker Lawrence Tynes added the extra point on all six, as well as scoring the opening points of the game with his only field goal attempt.
Following a brief spell with the Scottish Claymores, Tynes played three seasons with the Chiefs before moving onto the New York Giants. He had great success there – scoring an overtime game winning field goal in the NFC Championship game during the Giants run to win Superbowl XLII, and then repeating that trick by getting another overtime game winning field goal in the NFC Championship game, this time to help the Giants reach and win Superbowl XLVI.
Larry Johnson scored KC’s first touchdown, shaking off four tacklers in a 23 yard run, but it was immediately cancelled out as the Texans scored with a 99 yard return from the kickoff to make the score 10 – 7 to the Chiefs.
The second quarter was where the real damage was done – first wide receiver Eddie Kennison took in a 26 yard pass from quarterback Trent Green, and then a few minutes later Johnson, who was having a dominant 200 yard night, scored his second from close range after an Andre Johnson fumble gave KC great field position. With time running out in the half, veteran cornerback Eric Warfield took a misplaced David Carr pass 53 yards back to the end zone – this was the last of Warfield’s 20 career picks, and the last of his 3 career pick sixes, all of them in a Chiefs jersey.
31 to 7 at the half, and the game was effectively over. This was evident in the Chiefs’ game as they created little in the next quarter, allowing Houston 10 points and maybe even a glimmer of hope. This was finally snuffed out by two more Trent Green touchdown passes in the final quarter; one to young receiver Samie Parker, and before that a 7 yard pass to Eddie Kennison for his second score of the night.
Kennison was a speed merchant (a college sprinter with a 4.28 second 40-yard dash on his pre-draft pro day), who had bounced around the league, playing for the Rams, Saints, Bears and Broncos over six seasons before settling down for seven seasons at Arrowhead and 25 touchdowns – including twice getting crucial scores in away wins over Oakland, in 2004 and 2006.
Elsewhere in the NFL at the time:
The Chiefs’ win was not the only high scoring away win in a weekend which saw a glut of them… a late field goal saw Tampa Bay edge past Atlanta 30-27, and there was the same margin in Nashville as the Jags narrowly beat the Titans 31-28. Peyton Manning’s Colts won 45-37 in Cincinnati for the weekend’s highest scoring game, and Kurt Warner’s return to St Louis was a success as his three touchdown passes helped the Arizona Cardinals to prevail 38-28.
Elsewhere in the world:
Two pieces of drinking news in the week that followed this game: On November 24, pubs in the UK became legally allowed to stay open around the clock, and on the following day, football legend and man about town George Best died. I assume the two facts were not related….