Chiefs make it two wins in two so far this season.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith helped his side to a second win of the season, with a narrow 17-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Having finished last season with the worst record in the NFL, the Chiefs are bouncing back impressively under the leadership of new coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Smith.
The former 49ers star threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns and played nearly mistake-free for the second consecutive weekend as the Chiefs defense held out in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.
On the other side of the field, Tony Romo finished with 30 of 42 for 298 yards, but was playing with bruised ribs and required pain-killing injections prior to kick-off on Sunday.
Dez Bryant had nine catches for 141 yards and converted the Cowboys’ only touchdown at the Arrowhead Stadium, as they slip to 1-1 after two games played.
“When you’re trying to build something, you need to win games like this,” said Smith as quoted by ESPN.
“These are the games you look at in November and December. You need these types of wins, not only the caliber of the win but the style of win.
“It’s not always going to be pretty,” he said, “but you have to find a way to bear down.”
The Chiefs did that brilliantly in the closing stages of the fourth quarter to grind out the win, and it follows on from their victory on opening weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Both Reid and Smith will be hoping to stretch that winning run to three games come Thursday night when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles, while the Cowboys will be looking to bounce back against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.