Are you not entertained? After falling behind 24-0, it seemed as if the Chiefs season was coming to a premature end. But Patrick Mahomes refused to go down.
Chiefs Stumbling Start
The game started out ugly for the Chiefs defense who were without star safety Juan Thornhill and defensive centerpiece Chris Jones. The Texans drove down the field and finished their opening drive with a 54 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.
The Chiefs first possession was ugly. Patrick Mahomes hit Travis Kelce on 3rd down but Kelce dropped the pass. The very next play the Texans blocked the punt and ran it it for the touchdown. 14-0 and the nerves are really setting in. The Chiefs next possession ended after another wide open drop on 3rd drop, this time by DeMarcus Robinson.
The Chiefs managed to force the Texans to punt on their next drive and the stadium collectively let out a sigh of relief….which was quickly followed by a groan as Tyreek Hill fumbled the punt and the Texans recovered at the Chiefs five yard line. Texans get another quick score to make it 21-0.
After a few more drops, the Chiefs have to punt to the Texans again. Houston drives down the field but finally they get stopped as the Chiefs for a 4th and short in their own territory. Bill O’Brien considered going for it but ultimately kicked the field goal. That would prove fatal.
Chiefs Epic Comeback
On the very next kickoff, rookie Pro Bowl return man Mecole Hardman, took the ball to the Texans’ 42 yard line. That was the spark that lit the offensive fire. Two plays later Damien Williams caught a 17 yard touchdown pass.
The defense forced Houston into a 4th down on the next series and the Texans ran a fake punt on 4th down. Daniel Sorensen sniffed it out and made the open field tackle to give the Chiefs offense the ball with 33 yards to go. A couple of plays later and Mahomes has his second touchdown pass.
The Chiefs kickoff and the special teams forced a fumble. Mahomes hits Kelce as the two connect for back to back touchdowns. Chiefs got the ball back again as the defense forced another punt. They then went head and drove 90 yards and capped off their drive with yet another Mahomes to Kelce touchdown. 28-24 going into halftime.
Kansas City got the ball to start the second half. They drove 85 yards for yet another touchdown. The defense continued to play at a high level and forced Houston to punt. The Chiefs scored another touchdown making that six drives in a row where they scored touchdowns.
Houston was finally able to put together another scoring drive as they cut the Chiefs lead to 21-31. On the Chiefs following possession, they put the game away with yet another Patrick Mahomes passing touchdown.
Patrick Mahomes had a record setting day as he mounted his comeback. He became the youngest player to throw five touchdowns in a playoff game. He became the second quarterback to throw for four touchdowns in one quarter in a playoff game. He finished the day 23/35, 321 yards, and five touchdowns. The young star had a nearly perfect day and was able to dig the Chiefs out of a massive hole.
Travis Kelce was the go to guy. The Texans had absolutley no answer for him as he hauled in ten receptions for 134 yards and three touchdowns. No other receiver had more than three receptions but everyone made plays when they needed too. Tyreek Hill finished with three receptions for 41 yards and Sammy Watkins has two receptions for 76 yards.
On paper, when you look at the Texans’ score, 31 points seems like a lot. Lets break that down though. Seven of those points came on a punt block. Another seven came due to a fumble that set the Texans offense up with five yards to go. The defense did give up a 50 yard score and then a long drive later in the game as well as the field goal in the first half. So the argument can be made that the defense was actually responsible for “only” giving up 17 points. When the score of 31 is seen, you shouldn’t think “Chiefs defense was bad”. As a unit, they had a pretty strong day and finished with five sacks, three which came from Frank Clark.
Reasons to be Excited
The Chiefs were down 24-0 at one point and still won in a blowout. This team is lightening in a bottle. When most teams would have quit, the Chiefs fought like gladiators and mounted one of the biggest comebacks in NFL playoff history. The defense had a strong day despite being without their best player in Chris Jones. The special teams recovered from early blunders to make huge plays of their own that was instrumental in the comeback.
This team is never out of a game. This team never quits. This team is a true team.
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