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Chiefs begin title defense with 34-20 victory over Texans

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws as he is pressured by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) in the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws as he is pressured by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) in the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 10:51 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Patrick Mahomes thew for 211 yards and three touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran through the rain for 138 yards and another score, and the Kansas City Chiefs began defense of their first championship in 50 years by beating the Houston Texans 34-20 on Thursday night.

The first game of the NFL season was played before a socially distanced crowd of about 17,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It also came after a series of videos and demonstrations by both teams designed to raise awareness of social justice initiatives.

Deshaun Watson led the Texans with 280 total yards (253 passing), a touchdown through the air and on the ground, and one interception.

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