It looked for a moment like a questionable penalty on a defensive back would cost the Chiefs dearly in the fourth quarter, but it turned out that another one wound up helping them run out the clock on the Cowboys.
With the Chiefs up 17-13 in the fourth, Chiefs safety Eric Berry picked off a Tony Romo pass before being flagged for holding. If there was a foul, it appeared to be illegal contact and even then it wasn’t an obvious call. The Cowboys went on to drive for a field goal, but their chances of winning took a major blow when the Chiefs picked up a first down on a pass interference call against cornerback Morris Claiborne.
It looked like Chiefs wideout Donnie Avery may have slipped coming out of his break, but the call was made and that was about it for the Cowboys. The Chiefs wound up eating a lot of clock before Dustin Colquitt dropped a punt inside the 10-yard line with just 16 seconds left to play. The Cowboys ran one play before Kansas City officially improved to 2-0 with a 17-16 win.
The Cowboys had plenty of chances to grab the lead away from the Chiefs, but they fumbled the ball away twice in the second half. The defense held Kansas City to just three points on the ensuing possessions, but the offense couldn’t capitalize. Wide receiver Dez Bryant had a huge game with nine catches for 141 yards, but even he helped stymie the chances of winning with a big drop in the fourth quarter.
Kansas City’s offense had a fitful afternoon, but Jamaal Charles was able to run down the clock late and Alex Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes to support a strong defensive effort that included two sacks for Dontari Poe. The Chiefs also held the Cowboys to just 37 rushing yards, leaving the game in Romo’s hands and the Cowboys quarterback couldn’t engineer the comeback the team needed.