This past week, the Texans diligently prepared to face one of the most explosive teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, no amount
of preparation can make a team immune to the turnover bug.
The Texans' defense showed promise in the first half when linebacker [Kailee Wong]() sacked Trent Green in the first quarter and cornerback [Marcus Coleman]() intercepted a Green pass early in the second quarter. Entering the locker room at halftime, the Texans trailed by just one touchdown, 14-7.
In the second half, however, the momentum shifted after a fumble by running back [Tony Hollings]() and a punt returned for a touchdown by the Chiefs' return specialist Dante Hall.
"We went out in the third quarter and fumbled the football and they went down and scored," head coach [Dom Capers]() said. "Everything turned around. The game got away from us."
After normally sure-handed running back [Stacey Mack]() coughed up the ball for the Texans' third turnover, quarterback [David Carr]() threw his second interception of the game, which was returned 39 yards for the Chiefs' final score.
"Against a team like Kansas City with the offense they have, you can't turn the ball over and give them field position," Capers said. "I know we are capable of a lot better."
While the Texans struggled with turnovers, Johnson quietly led both teams in receiving. He made several catches in traffic and showed his unparalleled strength with some tough runs after the catch.
On his first touchdown reception of the night, Johnson got behind the Chiefs' secondary on a third-and-eight situation at midfield for a 43-yard bomb from Carr. It was the fourth-longest touchdown reception in Texans' history and the 96-yard drive was
the longest in franchise history.
With the Chiefs leading 42-7 late in the fourth quarter, Johnson showed a lot of heart and resilience when he turned a short catch into a four-yard touchdown masterpiece. He muscled out of the grasp of one defender and dodged two others to cap off a 16-play 73-yard drive.
Unfortunately, the touchdown came too late and the Texans were left helplessly watching the clock tick down to zero for their second loss of this young 2003 season.
While the loss hurts, there is no time to dwell. After reviewing tape of the game tomorrow, the Texans will get ready for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will enter Reliant Stadium next weekend in search of their first victory of the season.
"We have to go back and get ready to play another game next weekend," Texans defensive end [Gary Walker]() said. "When you start working on Jacksonville on Wednesday, this game will be behind you. This is the NFL. You have to be ready to play every week."