Kansas City Chiefs Give Houston Texans Head Start Then Explode for 51
The Houston Texans were shutting up their doubters really early in the football game. They had a 21-0 lead in the second quarter on the road in the AFC Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Houston could have buried them on a fourth-and-1 play, but Ka’imi Fairbairn 31-yard field goal for the Texans to go up 24-0. Melcole Hardman Jr. returned a kickoff 54 yards to get Kansas City in good field position.
It set up a 17-yard touchdown pass for Patrick Mahomes to Damien Williams. After that, Houston went for it on fourth-and-4 from their own 31-yard line and Justin Reid was tackled two yards short by Daniel Sorenson. Mahomes threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce after that to cut the deficit to 24-14. The Chiefs finished the game on a 51-7 run and Kansas City took down Houston by a score of 51-31.
Patrick Mahomes would throw two more touchdowns to Travis Kelce in the first-half from six yards out and five yards out.
After he threw the one from six yards out, Kansas City scored in a span of 3:24 in the second quarter. That touchdown was scored after a special teams fumble by the Houston Texans and it was committed by DeAndre Carter.
The Chiefs took a 28-24 lead with less than 50 seconds remaining in the first half.
Patrick Mahomes completed 23-of-35 passes for 321 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 53 yards on seven carries.
Travis Kelce finished with 10 receptions for 134 yards and three touchdowns.
Fairbairn missed a 51-yard field goal before halftime for Houston.
Damien Williams scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the Chiefs in the third-quarter (missed extra point). He also scored on a 5-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter to go up 41-24.
Williams finished the game with 47 yards rushing on 12 carries and two scores. He also caught two passes for 21 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Deshaun Waston scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown for the Texans later in the third quarter. He finished the game with completing 31-of-52 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns. Watson also rushed for 37 yards on six carries and a score.
Carlos Hyde was the leading rusher in this game for Houston with 44 yards rushing on 13 carries. He also caught three passes for 18 yards receiving.
DeAndre Hopkins was the leading receiver in this game for the Houston Texans with nine receptions for 118 yards receiving.
Blake Bell caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter. Bell finished the game with two receptions for 15 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Sammy Watkins caught two passes for 76 yards receiving. He also rushed for 14 yards on one carry.
Tyreek Hill caught three passes for 41 yards receiving. He also rushed for four yards on one carry.
Harrison Butker also made a 24-yard field goal for Kansas City with 8:06 remaining in regulation.
In the first quarter, Watson threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills. Stills finished with three receptions for 80 yards receiving and a touchdown.
There will be a ton of questions for Head Coach Bill O’Brien. Will he be fired after this collapse? It will be interesting to see. Houston is now 0-4 in the AFC Divisional Round. We will see what happens now because they feel like they may not be able to get over the hump with O’Brien at the helm.
As for the Kansas City Chiefs, Head Coach Andy Reid received a lot of heat early in this game, but they were able to settle down thanks to the play calling by Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and the leadership of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Also in the last eight seasons, no team has overcome a 21 or more point deficit after the first quarter in order to win a football game because it happened to be pretty impressive none the less because it may never happen again.
The Houston Texans (11-7) season ends in utter disappointment. Give some credit to defensive end J.J. Watt from returning from the injured reserve list to play despite the Torn Pectoral Muscle he suffered in Week 8.
As for the Kansas City Chiefs (13-4), they will host the AFC Championship Game next Sunday against the sixth seed the Tennessee Titans (11-7). Tennessee beat them in Week 10 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee by a score of 35-32.
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