Chiefs win a close one against Cowboys

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) crosses the goal line between Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) crosses the goal line between Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and the Kansas City Chiefs defense held when it needed to in the fourth quarter for a 17-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Jamaal Charles ran for 55 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Chiefs, who made new coach Andy Reid a winner in his home debut. The Chiefs also matched their victory total from all of last season by starting 2-0 for just the second time since 2005.

Dwayne Bowe’s touchdown catch in the third quarter and Ryan Succop’s 40-yard field goal early in the fourth gave the Chiefs a 17-13 lead. The Cowboys (1-1) answered with a deep march into Kansas City territory but had to settle for Dan Bailey’s 53-yard field goal with 3:55 left.

The Chiefs offense never gave the Cowboys a chance to mount a winning drive.

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