Houston Texans

Chiefs' New Normal Looks Familiar in Win Over Texans

Kansas City’s Super Bowl title defense began with boos from a reduced capacity home crowd and ended with a resounding victory.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce celebrated a touchdown in the second quarter Thursday night.Credit...Denny Medley/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

In a relatively muted celebration, the Chiefs unveiled their Super Bowl banner and presented the Lombardi Trophy to their fans — along with a 20-foot replica that was wheeled onto the field — about 15 minutes before the game began.

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May renewed Black Lives Matter protests, which in turn has led to a summer of social unrest that has gripped the country.

opener unlike any other: masks worn by everyone from fans to the coaching staffs; a series of videos raising awareness of social justice initiatives and encouraging the public to vote; and ultimately both teams locking arms in a display of unity before the coin toss.

Mahomes was bailed out of a fourth-down interception by pass interference in the end zone, then he zipped a dart to Hill streaking across the field for a 31-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

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