Kansas City Chiefs Come Back to Defeat Houston Texans 51-31 in Playoff Stunner

The Chiefs made their way back from a 24-0 deficit to win

Divisional Round - Houston Texans v Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates his team's win against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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By Tobias Carroll / January 12, 2020 7:41 pm

If you’d turned off the Houston Texans’ playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs after the first quarter, you might have walked away with the sense that Houston was on their way to an easy victory. When the first quarter ended, the Texans were up 21-0. Not long after, Texas increased their lead to 24-0. Was the game over before it had even reached the halfway point?

Spoiler alert: it was not.

By the end of the first half, the home team was up 28-24. And when the second half began, Kansas City kept scoring. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a total of 4 touchdown passes in the second quarter alone. How many times did Kansas City score? So many that their stadium ran out of fireworks.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce also had a fantastic game, with a total of 3 touchdowns and 134 yards for the day. Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson passed for a total of 388 yards, including throwing for a pair of touchdowns and rushing for a third.

When you look at photographs of the Chiefs and Texans after the game, players from both sides look exhausted beyond what one might normally expect, even from a game of this magnitude. This was the sort of game people will be talking about for years to come.

Kansas City’s playoff run will continue next Sunday, when they host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship.

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