After a couple big games yesterday, we now move on to day two of the NFL Divisional round. The early AFC match-up features the (12-4) Kansas City Chiefs taking on the (10-6) Houston Texans. The Texans were the only division winning team in the Wild Card round who beat their opponents. Whereas the Chiefs got here on a round one bye thanks to a Patriots loss. The team with the bye in these playoffs are 1-1 so let’s see how this one would turn out.
See what happened in the other AFC game Here!
If you’re a Texans fan you really couldn’t ask for a better start to this football game. On the opening drive of this contest Deshaun Watson would strike true. A 54-yard strike to Kenny Stills would open the scoring for a 7-0 Texans lead. Next it was the turn of the Houston special teams as they would score on Kansas City’s opening drive. The Texans would block a punt and Lonnie Johnson Jr. would return it 10-yards for the touchdown. Now up 14-0 the Texans still weren’t done.After another gaff on special teams, this time a muffed punt, the Texans were poised to add to their lead. Watson would find Darren Fells for a 4-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead after the 1st quarter. The Texans would open the 2nd quarter with a 31 yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairburn making it a 24-0 lead. That’s where the switch flipped and the Chiefs came alive. After a great return by the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes would go to work. First he’d find Damien Williams for a 17-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 24-7. Then after the Texans turned it over on downs the Chiefs would strike again. This time Mahomes would find Travis Kelce for a 5 yard touchdown making the score 24-14 now. Things continued to roll for the Chiefs as their defence would force a fumble, and the offence would capitalise. Kelce would catch his 2nd touchdown of the game, this one from 6-yards out to make this a one-score game at 24-21. Finally to top the quarter off Kelce would haul in his 3rd touchdown reception of the quarter. Another 5-yard strike from Mahomes and suddenly the Chiefs went from being down 24, to up 4 as they’d take a 28-24 lead. To end off the half Fairburn would miss a 51-yard field goal that would have made it a 1-point game so we went to halftime 28-24 Chiefs.
The 2nd half started just as promisingly for the Chiefs as the 1st half had ended. This time the run game got involved as Damien Williams would run it 1-yard for the touchdown. A missed extra point however meant the score was now 34-24. Williams would strike again on the next drive taking the ball 5-yards for the touchdown, further increasing the lead to 41-24. The Texans would respond though and get back on the board. This time Watson would use his legs and scamper 5-yards for a Texans touchdown cutting the deficit to 41-31. That would end the 3rd quarter but it certainly wouldn’t end the scoring. The Chiefs offence was now bordering on unstoppable as they’d score another touchdown to open the quarter. Blake bell would be the recipient of Mahomes’ 5th touchdown pass making this a 48-31 lead now. On the following drive the Texans held the Chiefs to a field goal this time as Harrison Butker would make good on the 24-yard attempt making the lead 51-31. Unfortunately for Houston the offence was unable to put up any more points. They failed on two 4th down conversions meaning Kansas City completed the 24-point comeback to win 51-31.
Watch the highlights of the game Here!
With that win the Kansas City Chiefs have booked a spot in the AFC Conference final. There they will play the Tennessee Titans for the AFC’s spot in the Super Bowl!