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Chiefs overcome 24-point deficit, rout Texans

Chiefs blow past Texans on their way to the AFC Championship game.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes the ball against the Houston Texans during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Chiefs looked like deer in headlights as they gave up a blown coverage 54-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, a blocked punt for a touchdown, and then fumbled away a punt return that turned into a quick Texans touchdown. Down 24-0 in the first quarter they could do nothing right. That is, until they could do nothing wrong.

Patrick Mahomes and company took their first possession of the second quarter and two plays later were in the end zone, as Mahomes hit Damien Williams for a 17-yard touchdown. That touchdown broke the seal, as the Chiefs went on to score a playoff record seven touchdowns in seven possessions.

The Texans managed one touchdown between the Chiefs seven, making the score 48-31 before K.C. had to kick a lowly field goal, ending their touchdown streak. When the avalanche of scoring slowed down, Damien Williams and Travis Kelce had found the end zone three times each and Mahomes had five touchdown passes, three to Kelce, one to Williams and another to back-up tight end Blake Bell.

The onslaught of offense gave the Texans whiplash and they had no chance of keeping up. DeShaun Watson completed 31-of-52 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing six times for 37 yards and a touchdown and his team still didn’t have a chance after the scoring began. Kansas City went on a 51-7 run in a playoff game after getting down 24-0. You won’t be able to say that again unless you’re playing Madden.

The last time these two teams met in Week 6, Tyreek Hill put up two touchdowns on limited work as he was just returning from his shoulder injury. Houston took Hill out of the game, but that left Kelce, who was playing hurt, to catch 10-of-12 targets for 134 yards and the aforementioned three touchdowns.

The Chiefs averaged an amazing 8.1 yards per play. It was a display of offense you wont see that often. Now they welcome the fairytale Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game where we will see the bruising Derrick Henry take on the best passer in the league. It should be fun.