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NFL Week 15 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 30, Houston Texans 24

Houston, Texas, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (1) runs with the ball as Houston Texans safety M.J. Stewart (29) defends during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t how anyone predicted it would happen, but the Kansas City Chiefs still came away with a win over the Houston Texans in Week 15 to keep hold of the No. 1 seed in the AFC. It took a touchdown on the first possession of overtime for the Chiefs to eke out a 30-24 win.

Offensive spotlight: Have a day, Jerick McKinnon. The Chiefs running back hauled in all eight of his targets for 70 yards and a score through the air. On the ground, he racked up 52 yards on 10 carries — including the game-winning score in overtime. 

Defensive spotlight: The Texans' linebackers were firmly in Patrick Mahomes’ crosshairs on Sunday. Jake Hansen, Christian Kirksey and Christian Harris combined to allow 23 catches on 24 targets for 200 yards and a score against the Chiefs. 

Rookie spotlight: First-rounder Trent McDuffie continues to be a cornerback who opposing quarterbacks want no part of. On 32 coverage snaps — 19 of which were in press coverage — McDuffie allowed only one catch for 34 yards. In eight starts now this season, he has let up only 158 yards.

Offensive line spotlight: Lost in the Texans' struggles this season has been the quiet emergence of Tytus Howard at right tackle. Finally able to focus on the position he played in college this year, Howard is on pace for a career-best season. Against the Chiefs, Howard didn’t allow a single pressure on 33 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Patrick Mahomes 35.74 36 / 41 336 8.2 2 0
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Davis Mills 20.34 12 / 24 121 5 2 0
Jeff Driskel 1.12 2 / 4 8 2 0 0
Phillip Dorsett 0 0 / 1 0 0 0 0
Rushing
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Patrick Mahomes 35.74 5 33 6.6 1 14
Jerick McKinnon 34.2 10 52 5.2 1 26
Isiah Pacheco 9.7 15 86 5.7 0 18
Skyy Moore 1.2 2 12 6 0 9
Ronald Jones 0.6 1 6 6 0 6
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Davis Mills 20.34 5 25 5 1 17
Royce Freeman 6.6 11 51 4.6 0 11
Dare Ogunbowale 1.4 8 14 1.8 0 3
Jeff Driskel 1.12 4 8 2 0 9
Receiving
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Jerick McKinnon 34.2 8 8 70 8.8 1
Travis Kelce 23.5 10 10 105 10.5 0
JuJu Smith-Schuster 17.8 10 10 88 8.8 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 11.6 5 3 26 5.2 1
Isiah Pacheco 9.7 1 1 11 11 0
Noah Gray 6.1 3 3 31 10.3 0
Kadarius Toney 1.5 1 1 5 5 0
Justin Watson 0 2 0 0 0 0
Jody Fortson 0 1 0 0 0 0
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Jordan Akins 11.2 6 3 22 3.7 1
Chris Moore 8.2 9 4 42 4.7 0
Teagan Quitoriano 7.8 2 1 8 4 1
Royce Freeman 6.6 1 1 5 5 0
Amari Rodgers 4.6 3 2 26 8.7 0
Rex Burkhead 3.7 4 2 17 4.2 0
Brevin Jordan 1.9 1 1 9 9 0
Phillip Dorsett 0 1 0 0 0 0

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