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Chiefs Struggle Without Montana and Lose, 30-0 : AFC:Backup Krieg is sacked four times as Houston defense dominates Kansas City.

September 13, 1993|From Associated Press

HOUSTON — Joe Montana wore a baseball cap Sunday, and the Houston Oiler defense wore a smile.

With the Chiefs (1-1) grounded by the loss of Montana, out with an injured wrist, the Oiler defense sacked backup Dave Krieg four times on its way to a 30-0 victory.

"I don't know if this cures everything, but it will do for a week," Houston Coach Jack Pardee said. "We didn't get as much yardage as we're used to, but it helped that the defense scored too."

The Oilers (1-1) held the Chiefs to 46 yards rushing and caused five turnovers. Defensive end William Fuller batted down three of Krieg's passes.

Cris Dishman took the ball away from tight end Mike Dyal and ran 58 yards for a touchdown with 5:34 to play. Then Lorenzo White scored from the one after Marcus Robertson's second interception to finish the rout.

"You don't know how happy I was to see Krieg come out," Dishman said. "I mean, Krieg's a good quarterback, but Montana's great."

Montana suited up for the game but did not play on Coach Marty Schottenheimer's orders.

"We made the decision last night that I would not play," Montana said. "You always want to play, but Marty explained that we have a long season and if Krieg got hurt, that's the only way I would have played."

It was the first time Kansas City was shut out since 1987.

The Oilers' run-and-shoot turned to ball control for the first drive of the game. Houston held the ball for 11:40 on the 80-yard, 19-play drive. Warren Moon completed all nine passes in the drive, ending with a two-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Duncan.

For the day, Moon completed 22 of 35 passes for 204 yards.

Kansas City got its only first-half scoring chance on a 45-yard pass play from Krieg to Willie Davis. The ball hit two Oilers before Davis grabbed it at the Houston 29.

After reaching the 26, Nick Lowery tried a 46-yard field goal that hit the right upright.

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