Still, we can't help but feel like this game was more about the Texans. Linebacker Brian Cushing is expected to miss the season with a torn LCL and a broken leg, per NFL Media's Albert Breer. Even on a day when so many things went right, the Texans feel further away from the playoffs. It's not their year.
Here's what else we learned:
- Alex Smith did his best to give this game away late. The Chiefs quarterback botched a fourth-and-goal in the fourth quarter when he appeared to miss two open men in the end zone because he wasn't decisive. Smith also threw a fourth-quarter interception that kept Houston in the game. Smith did a very nice job moving the ball earlier in the game, but his mistakes are piling up.
- Charles had his seventh straight game with 100 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. (He had 86 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving.) He's just the second runner in NFL history to pull that off to start a season.