Wow, what a game. The roller coaster of emotions involved in this one will be felt for years to come. There is no better way of gauging how this comeback win affects this franchise, unless they come out next week and smack Tennessee in the mouth. So many records went down thanks to this game. This is your winners and losers, AFC Divisional Round edition.
Travis Kelce: 10 catches, 134 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Zeus put together a career performance when it mattered most. After dropping his first target of the game, every other pass that went his way but one was caught. Need him balling out next week for sure.
Frank Clark: Perfect time to let your nuts hang out. #55 tallied 3 sacks on Sunday, and showed us why the Chiefs traded for him. Great game from Clark.
Patrick Mahomes: 23/35 for 321 and 5 Touchdowns. The stat line does not do him the justice he deserves. It goes beyond the touchdowns or yards. MVPat is the leader of this team, and inspires the players around him. When you need him to make a pass he does it. Need him to scramble, he will run for 53 yards and lead the team. Time for the MVP to avenge last year’s AFC Championship loss. He is hungry.
Sammy Watkins: He did not end up in this category enough this year, but he was vital exactly when the Chiefs needed him. Only 2 catches on the game, but they went for 76 yards total. He also added a 14 yard run. Keep it up.
Damien Williams: Yes the taunting was silly, but Williams had himself a day. 2 catches for 21 yards and a touchdown, and 12 rushes for 47 yards and another 2 scores. His receiving touchdown came at the perfect time and was a catalyst that got the offense going.
Dirty Dan: Shows up when it matters most. When he caused the fumble on the Houston kickoff return, the moment swung in our favor. It seemed like his name was being called on nearly every defensive series. With Thornhill going out for the year 2 weeks ago, its reassuring to know Mathieu has some help with Dirty Dan. Keep it up.
Andy Reid: Big Red did not let the moment get to him. Even with the early adversity, the Chiefs kept the throttle down and came back to shatter records against the Houston Texans.
Arrowhead Stadium: Loud and rocking all game. Perfect place for some playoff football, and watching Tamba Hali on the drum deck to start the game sent chills up my spine. Yes, Houston would spike my blood pressure shortly thereafter, but the sad, depressed Arrowhead of playoffs past is long gone.
Kansas City Chiefs fans: “These are great days we’re living bros. We are jolly red giants, walking the Earth with WINS. These people we wasted here today are the finest human beings we will ever know. After we rotate back to the off season, we’re gonna miss not having anyone around that’s worth beating.” –Crazy Earl. Folks, back to back AFC Championship games being hosted at Arrowhead Stadium after having none in the stadiums history. Our children are growing up in the golden age of Chiefs football. We need to soak in every minute of this, and enjoy it.
First Quarter Chiefs team: Bad. I won’t even go over it. Next.
Houston Texans: This is the type of loss that might cost Bill his job. JJ Watt coming back from the torn pec was heroic, but the team really looked lost at times. Yes Deshaun Watson and his receivers put up some stats. Heck, the team as a whole put up 31 points, but after the miraculous first quarter, they were beaten down.
Chris Jones injury: Bro, we need you next week. Seriously. Derrick Henry is a man possessed.
Passing game drops: Terrible drops all around. Might have been a case of game time rust due to the bye week. Thankfully they rectified it, but drive-killing drops, especially when as wide open as DeMarcus Robinson was several times hurt. Fate was on our side this game, gotta tighten in up moving forward.
Special Teams: A blocked punt, missed PAT, and fumble by Tyreek. The punt block was much more egregious than the missed extra point, as it turned into a touchdown for Houston. Same with #10 dropping a kick deep in our own territory. I don’t feel so terrible about Tyreek dropping his, as the Chiefs needed a spark and he could have given them that in the return game. Also, watching it here at the house it seemed like Colquitt held the ball forever. Moving forward we have to be flawless.
Charvarious Ward: Houston has some good receivers so I am not completely down on Ward, but he did not have a good game. Still a heckuva baller, and I know he will step up next game, but this one was rough for him.
Postseason record book: Last I checked the Chiefs and Texans game broke over 6 records. I am sure as people get to digging around there will be more, but ESPN and Elias Sports Bureau have already put some out. So far my favorite new record we hold is being the first team in postseason history to win by 20 points after trailing by over 20 points.
My prediction: I picked Houston 35-25 after I saw CJ95 was out. I am so glad they keep proving me wrong!