Morning Huddle: Chiefs Defeat Texans, 51-31

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Everyone alright? Did you make it through the game? In a page out of the Royals handbook, the Chiefs decided to make a massive comeback against a Houston team.

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It says something that the Chiefs didn’t panic when they found themselves trailing 24-0 early in the second quarter. By that point in the game, they’d given up a 54-yard touchdown pass on a blown coverage, a blocked punt for a touchdown and a fumbled punt return that led to a third Texans touchdown. Adding to the futility were four dropped passes in the first 15 minutes of action. Basically, it was easy to see Kansas City losing by 40 points given how this game started.

That was before Texans head coach Bill O’Brien began impacting the game. He decided against going for another touchdown when Houston had a 21-0 lead and a fourth-and-1 opportunity from the Chiefs‘ 13-yard line. The Texans got a field goal out of it, but then Kansas City’s Mecole Hardman returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards to set up the Chiefs‘ first touchdown. O’Brien decided to gamble on the next possession with a fake punt that was thwarted by Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen and gave Kansas City the ball at Houston’s 33-yard line. Four plays later, Mahomes hit Kelce with a 5-yard touchdown pass to make the score 24-14.

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Kelce finished the game with 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns, tying the NFL postseason record for receiving scores in a single game while becoming the third player in postseason history to record 10+ catches, 130+ yards and 3+ touchdowns in a single outing, joining Jerry Rice and Rob Gronkowski.

It was a complete team effort that culminated in the greatest comeback in the 60-year history of the Chiefs while sending Kansas City to a second-straight AFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history.

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As one of the Chiefs’ most cerebral players, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz suggested that the team’s large deficit forced the offense to do what it does best: pass the ball in the intermediate and deep areas of the field. Schwartz knows most teams, including the Texans, are happy when their opponent must be one-dimensional on offense to move the ball quickly down the field. But in a weird way, Schwartz said, the Chiefs have the perfect quarterback, skill position players and offensive linemen to embody the brand of offensive football most people enjoy playing on Madden.

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This time the game was personal for Clark, and he basked in the glow of stopping Hyde and the Texans in the rematch.

“They talk all that stuff and they come out here and we embarrass them,” Clark said. “We sent them home early, we get to see them next year, they’ve got a short season and I hope they enjoy their offseason.”

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How the Chiefs win: Similarly, pressure Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Despite his well-earned credit in turning around the Titans this season, Tannehill was disproportionately vulnerable to strong pass rushes during the regular season. His 3.5 QBR when pressured was the NFL’s fourth lowest. He took 31 sacks in 89 dropbacks when pressured. The bet would be that Titans running back Derrick Henry won’t be able to carry the offense if the Chiefs can take away Tannehill’s big plays.

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5. After a wobbly start, the Chiefs defense stiffened, holding Houston to just seven second-half points. Tyrann Mathieu made his presence felt all over the field, including a huge pass break-up of Hopkins on a crucial third-and-long near midfield that forced a punt late in the first half with K.C. still trailing. Mathieu once again keyed a secondary that made Watson & Co. work for everything for the final three quarters. Frank Clark came off the edge to help disrupt the QB, picking up three sacks, including the game-ender. The Chiefs D played outstanding down the stretch but hadn’t faced a quarterback quite like Watson in that run. On Sunday, they proved they can pass that test too.

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While Deshaun Watson drove the Texans down the field, on the series that would end with a 31-yard Houston field goal, and when Bill O’Brien opted to kick the field goal rather than attempt a fourth-and-1 conversion, the Chiefs offensive linemen sat on the bench, stewing. Then left guard Stefen Wisniewski made a bold prediction.

“We’re going to score 50 tonight,” he told his fellow linemen.

“Yeah, I said it. I just knew what we were capable of and that we had a lot of time left,” Wisniewski told The Athletic later, as he sat at his locker eating a protein bar. “I think instead of getting down, we got fired up. Honestly, it was like they hit a hornets’ nest, and the hornets got going, and sting, sting, sting, sting, sting, seven touchdowns later, here we are.”

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“These are things that we haven’t done,” Reid said. “That’s not us, right? It was just a matter of settling it down and calming the storm and making sure that our guys knocked whatever rust off and calmed down and made plays. We’ve been doing that all year and it was important we got back to doing that.

“We were able to rebound. A lot of teams can’t do that.”

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“When you’re down 24-0 and you don’t have a good locker room, things can go the wrong way for you,” head coach Andy Reid said afterwards. “The guys all hung together.”

The victory sends the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game at home for the second year in a row. They lost to the Patriots in overtime last year.

They will host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Jan. 19 for a 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff.
 

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Is this finally the year for Andy Reid?

Everything sure does seem to be coming up Chiefs right now. They got a bye because Miami knocked off the Patriots in Week 17. They’ll host the AFC Championship Game (Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, CBS) because the Titans upset the Ravens. And while they looked utterly awful Sunday in a first quarter in which they fell behind 24-0, they looked utterly unstoppable for the remaining three quarters and beat the Texans 51-31.

Patrick Mahomes is the best player remaining in these playoffs, and if a team can spot you 24 points and beat you by 20 in an NFL playoff game, that’s as scary a team as we’ve ever seen. Once the Chiefs’ offense gets rolling, it’s hard to imagine any team stopping it.

If Steve Spagnuolo’s run defense, which was the seventh worst in the league this season but the fifth best over the final six weeks of the regular season, can find a way to slow down Derrick Henry, Reid should find himself in his second Super Bowl with a strong chance to win his first.

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He is the left tackle but great tweet anyway.

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A legendary playoffs run. A legendary moment.

Congrats to @Big_Fish79 and the @Chiefs on the AFC Championship and the #BudLightCelly of the week. @budweiserusa

This will be the eighth Super Bowl since 1985 where a top 3 DVOA offense will face a top 3 DVOA defense.

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1997 DEN-GB
1999 TEN-STL**
2002 OAK-TB
2005 SEA-PIT
2006 IND-CHI
2013 DEN-SEA
2019 KC-SF

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Mahomes motions Kelce to hopefully give him or Hill an opening on opposite sides of the field. Mahomes wants to Chuck this deep to Hill but he is accounted for. So Hill breaks off his route and comes back to his quarterback. #JacobsEyeInTheSky #Chiefs

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Seth Keysor@RealMNchiefsfan

Clark backed up his words Sunday. He was strong on the edge and solid squeezing and in pursuit. Nice play by Wilson here to get into the gap, but there's nowhere to go for Henry because Clark stonewalls the RT.

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Clark backed up his words Sunday. He was strong on the edge and solid squeezing and in pursuit. Nice play by Wilson here to get into the gap, but there's nowhere to go for Henry because Clark stonewalls the RT.

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So, who is sending their wife/girlfriend to Waywerds house for the evening? I think I earned it yesterday. You bunch of quitters!! LOL

THEMancar
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Congratulations, you dirty anuses.

I tuned in when you were down by 24 and thus the rally was on. I mean if any of you want to fly me out to KC as a goodluck charm then Im down. LOL

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All my gloating aside, Patrick Mahomes, in his 2nd year as a starter, just played one of the greatest playoff games in the 100 year history of the NFL.

A year after he, in his 1st year as a starter, played one of the greatest regular seasons in the 100 year history of the NFL

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the next 10 years ? ? ?

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Outstanding win! Beyond my wildest expectations. The best part is we fulfilled our entire playoff quota of STUPID plays in the 1st 15 min of yesterday’s game. I expect there will be a few more false starts in our next 2 wins, but no more muffed or blocked punts & our WR’s & TE will hold on to catchable balls. Titans have had their run, & can celebrate a surprisingly good season after we kick them all over Arrowhead.

Mahomes + Kelce + Hill + Williams + Watkins + Hardman > Henry + tannesmith.

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I hope the first quarter was a rude awakening and they take this shit seriously the rest of the way

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In his postgame news conference, Reid was asked when he knew Kansas City was going to be OK. “I always think we’re going to be OK,” he said. “Fix the problem and let’s go.” He was asked what was going through his mind when the Texans went up 24-0. “I was thinking we need to score some points,” he said, and everyone laughed but him.

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It was not like a movie because a movie involves drama: This was a destruction that resolved itself so quickly that there was barely any time to process what was happening. The panic could barely seep into the Chiefs’ sideline and stadium before there was no need to panic.

The Ringer

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I love this team ❗️❗️

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Tom Krasovic
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Other than Deshaun Watson the player who spent the most time in #Texans offensive backfield was Frank Clark. Astounding stamina.

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trey wingo
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Here’s the best way to sum up what The Chiefs did Sunday: Start a sentence with “ The Chiefs are the 1st team ever to….and finish it with anything that happened…and you’re probably going to nail it

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Bleacher Report
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Patrick Mahomes became the youngest player to throw 5 TDs in a NFL playoff game 🤯

Only 24 years old.

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Opening lines for Conference Championship Sunday 🔥

Titans vs. Chiefs (-7)
Packers vs. 49ers (-7)

So, I guess we are the dogs . . .

Tarkus

-7 means we’re the favorites. You have to give up 7 points if you bet on us.

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Favorites to win Super Bowl LIV MVP:

Patrick Mahomes +150
Jimmy Garoppolo +350
Derrick Henry +750
Aaron Rodgers +850

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Patrick Mahomes is the first player in NFL history with 300+ pass yards, 5+ pass TD & 50+ rush yards in a playoff game.#ChiefsKingdom | @Chiefs

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Bill Simmons
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Let’s waive the 5-year waiting period and induct Bill O’Brien’s 2nd quarter into the Bad Coaching Hall of Fame, pantheon wing, with his bust covered in gold and vomit.

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Warren Sharp
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Teams trailing by 21 points after the first quarter are:

8-135 in NFL history
0-6 in NFL playoff history

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Sudden

Correction: 1-6 now

Tarkus

Patrick Mahomes, when trailing by 24 points.
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One down, two to go.

sydenham

I’m still grinning and chuckling inside, that was a rare treat to watch unfold. I was blue after the first quarter but I never left my sofa (except to pee and get refills) and I knew there was more than enough time. The Chiefs just blew me away – and the Texans. So many story lines, and so many great comments from all of you at AG, it makes it more fun to share the joy here. Fisher’s celebration is a highlight for the ages. And Sporting: you’ve been doing awesome work with the Morning Huddle, cheers to you and best wishes for your move.

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Broke another one . . .

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