It was a virtuoso display by the NFL's stingiest defense, and a signature stand in a stellar second half.
The Chiefs kept repelling the Houston offense the rest of the way, and the result was a 17-16 victory to extend their perfect start.
"It was a physical game," Charles said, "the kind of a game this team needs to go far."
"It's confidence," said Hali, who was part of the Chiefs' two-win team last season. "Guys believe in what we're doing. They believe in one another, and that goes a long way."
"When they can pin their ears back, they're very, very difficult," Kubiak said. "They came and got us pretty good there late in the game."
"I'm going do everything I can to get healthy and come back and fight," he said afterward.
"He did a great job," Kubiak said of his young quarterback, who beat out T.J. Yates for the starting nod. "He's got some things he's got to understand when they come after him. But he made some great football plays to get his team in position to win."
It turned out that the missed points didn't matter.
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