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AFC Divisional Round Recap: Texans at Chiefs

AFC Divisional Round - Texans at Chiefs

The day’s first matchup featured the Houston Texans traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Texans came off of a come-from-behind win from an early 16-point deficit last week against Buffalo.

The Chiefs came off of a first-round bye.

The game was at 3:05 PM, Eastern Time.

First Quarter

Texans linebacker Barkevious Mingo blocks Kansas City’s Dustin Colquitt’s punt early in the first half. Lonnie Johnson (#32, background) returned it for a ten-yard touchdown. Image courtesy of texanswire.usatoday.com.

If someone turned the game off after the first quarter because they thought the Texans would continue their absolute routing of Kansas City, not many people would blame them. They would, however, miss the final three quarters which resulted in a much different game than anyone first thought.

The game started off in as explosive of a start as any football team would want for the Houston Texans. Deshaun Watson found a wide-open Kenny Stills at the 11:59 mark of the first quarter on third-and-one for a 46-yard strike for the game’s first score.

On the next possession, the Chiefs went three-and-out and elected to punt, which was then blocked and returned for a touchdown. After the successful extra point, Houston now led 14-0 with 10:06 in the first quarter.

The game slowed down a bit until a third-and-long that Houston faced late in the first quarter. Deshaun Watson was sacked, which forced Houston to punt. Tyreek Hill muffed the punt and Houston recovered. They scored shortly after, at the 1:21 mark still in the first quarter. They scored the first 21 points.

This forced Mahomes to face his first-ever 21-point deficit.

Second Quarter

Ka’imi Fairbairn hit a 31-yard field goal with 10:54 left in the half.

What ensued next was anything but jaw-dropping.

It was set up by a 57-yard kickoff return by the Chiefs. From there, they never looked back. For Kansas City’s first score, Patrick Mahomes threw to Damion Williams out of the backfield. This resulted in a 16-yard touchdown, Mahomes’ first touchdown pass in the first half of a postseason game. Houston was leading, 24-7 with 9:55 to go.

On the following possession, Houston faked a punt on fourth-and-four at their own 33-yard line. They did not convert.

The Chiefs would capitalize on this and a big pass interference against Lonnie Johnson, who was covering Travis Kelce. The Chiefs got the ball at the 5-yard line. Travis Kelce recorded his first touchdown of the day, a five-yard score. It was 24-14, Houston, at this point, with 8:05 left in the half.

Houston fumbled the kick return following the Kelce touchdown and Kansas City recovered and returned it to their six-yard line. This resulted in the second Mahomes-to-Kelce touchdown of the day. It was 24-21, Houston, with 6:31 to go in the half.

Lonnie Johnson received his second pass interference call of the half at the 2:43 mark, putting the ball at Kansas City’s 25-yard line and putting them in prime position to score again before the half. They did, in fact, score, a 5-yard pass to Kelce for their third connection of the day, and Mahomes’ fourth passing touchdown of the half.

Deshaun Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 38-yard pass to the 39-yard line. Fairbairn missed a 51-yard field goal going into the half.

Kansas City led at halftime, 28-24.

Third Quarter

Sammy Watkins made his first big play of the day on the first possession of the half, reeling in a 48-yard catch from Patrick Mahomes. This led to a second Damion Williams touchdown of the day, a 2-yard rush at the 11:24 mark in the third quarter. This was Kansas City’s fifth touchdown in shortly over 12 minutes of gameplay. Harrison Butker missed the extra point, but Kansas City still led 34-24.

Houston continued their struggles which led to a big sack on third-and-five on their first drive of the second half.

Damion Williams punched in another rushing touchdown, this time from the 5. This is was his third touchdown of the game. At this point, Kansas City had scored on six straight drives. It was 41-24, Kansas City, with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

Houston scored what would be their final score of the game with :24 left in the third quarter, a 5-yard touchdown run from Deshaun Watson. It was 41-31, Kansas City at this point.

Fourth Quarter

Shortly into the fourth quarter, Patrick Mahomes threw another touchdown pass, this time to Blake Bell from eight yards out, to put the Chiefs up 48-31 with 13:52 left in the game.

The most exciting part of this score wasn’t the touchdown itself, but the hilarious cross-sport celebration that had the Chiefs’ Eric Fisher doing the Stone Cold Steve Austin beer chug celebration. Austin saw the celebration happen and even added his walkout music:

The last score of the game came at 8:06, with Harrison Butker hitting a 24-yard field goal, extending his streak of field goals made within 50 yards to 26, the longest active streak in the NFL.

The Chiefs won with a final score of 51-31, and advance to next week’s AFC championship game against the Tennesse Titans.

Featured image courtesy of chiefswire.usatoday.com.

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