The Texans had already left the sector when the demonstration occurred, remaining there till a digital efficiency of “The Star-Spangled Banner” ended, then ran onto the sector to a refrain of boos from followers.
Some followers had been nonetheless booing when the groups met at midfield and shook arms. The groups then stood collectively in a line that stretched from one finish zone to the opposite for a second of silence earlier than the coin toss.
The kickoff introduced 4 hours of normalcy.
The Texans, who blew a 24-point lead towards Kansas City in the playoffs, struck first after they marched 80 yards for a landing. The elusive Johnson completed it off by scampering 19 yards to the tip zone for a 7-0 lead.
But the Chiefs rapidly overcame their gradual begin.
They tied it moments later when Mahomes threw a brief landing go to Kelce, then took the lead after they pressured a fast punt and Mahomes discovered Watkins in the tip zone. Harrison Butker capped the primary half by kicking a chip-shot discipline purpose that despatched the Chiefs to the locker room with a 17-7 lead.
Edwards-Helaire, their first-round draft choose, padded the lead in the third quarter. After ripping off an 11-yard acquire early in the drive, the pint-size dynamo out of L.S.U. unleashed a depraved stutter-step earlier than working 27 yards for one more rating.
The Chiefs put the sport away when rookie L’Darius Sneed picked off Watson’s leap ball in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Mahomes was bailed out of a fourth-down interception by go interference in the tip zone, then he zipped a dart to Hill streaking throughout the sector for a 31-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Watson threw a landing go and ran for a landing later in the quarter to make the ultimate rating a bit extra respectable.