Kansas City Chiefs Win Wild, Record-Filled Game and Open As The Favorite in AFC Championship Game

The Kansas City Chiefs fell behind early in a big way Sunday against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional round. The Chiefs mounted a crazy comeback and beat the visiting Texans, 51-31.

The Chiefs will now face the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game next Sunday (01/18/20) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Titans, which landed the final AFC playoff spot during the last weekend of the regular season, went on the road and defeated No. 3-seeded New England, and then went on the road to defeat top-seeded Baltimore Ravens.

The Chiefs have opened as a 7.5-point favorite for the AFC Championship, according to FanDuel.com.

The Houston Texans waltzed out to a 21-0 lead over the Chiefs. The Texans took the opening kickoff and marched the field for a touchdown. After a three-and-out by Kansas City, the Texans blocked a Chiefs punt and returned it for a touchdown. The Chiefs later muffed a punt, which was recovered by the Texans inside the 10-yard line. Houston quickly scored to take a 21-0 lead, which caused silence in Arrowhead Stadium.

Houston started the second quarter by booting a field goal to take a 24-0 lead, but Kansas City turned things around, and turned on the jets. Kansas City scored four-consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 28-24 lead by halftime. Here are playoff game records that were tied or set during that span:

  • Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns in one quarter of a playoff game, tying a mark set by Washington's Doug WIlliams in 1988 during the second quarter of the Super Bowl
  • Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught three touchdowns in one quarter, setting a playoff record
  • The Chiefs became the first team to lead by four or more points at halftime after trailing by 24 points
  • The 52 combined points at halftime is the most during any playoff game in the Super Bowl era
  • Houston had never scored 21 points during the first quarter of any of its 298 games in team history
  • The Chiefs had not trailed by 21 points at any time during Mahomes' time as starter

And that's just the first half.

Kansas City scored on its first three drives of the second half, becoming the only team to score on seven-consecutive possessions during NFL playoff history. They became the first NFL team in playoff history to win a game by at least 20 points after trailing by at least 20 points.

Mahomes finished with 321 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-35 passing, and he was the team's leading rusher with 56 yards. Damien Williams had 12 carries for 47 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs' comeback from a 24-point deficit is the fourth-largest deficit overcome in NFL playoff history. The largest was by the Buffalo Bills in 1993 when they overcame a 32-point deficit to defeat a team from Houston—the Oilers, which later became the Tennessee Titans.

The Tennessee Titans now come calling to Kansas City after the Titans stymied the Baltimore Ravens, 28-12, Saturday night at M&T Stadium in Baltimore.

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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by his teammate Travis Kelce #87 after a third quarter touchdown against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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