Down 24-0 to start the game the Chiefs pulled off the biggest comeback in franchise history and defeated the Texans 51-31 and will now host the Titans in the AFC Championship. Kansas City eventually took a 28-24 lead by halftime and became the first team in league history (regular season and playoffs) to trail by 24 or more points and have a lead at halftime.
The momentum switched in the Chiefs favor in the second quarter when Kansas City scored three touchdowns in three minutes. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes tossed four scores in the second quarter and became just the second player in NFL post-season history to accomplish that feat in a single quarter (Doug Williams 1988). Three of Mahomes’ four touchdowns were caught by tight end Travis Kelce who is the first player in the Super Bowl era to catch three scores in a single quarter in a playoff game. Mahomes finished the game with 321 yards and five touchdowns while Kelce caught 10 passes for 134 to go along with his three scores.
On the losing side, Houston quarterback DeShaun Watson threw for 388 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 37 yards and another score.
The Texans and Chiefs played during the regular season in Week 6. In that game the Chiefs blew a 17-3 lead at home and lost 31-24. Watson and Mahomes both had three touchdowns in that contest with Mahomes throwing for all three of his scores and Watson tossing one and rushing for two others.
Kansas City finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, earning them the two seed in the AFC and won the AFC West for the fourth consecutive season. They were one of five teams in 2019 to average more than 25 points per game while holding their opponent to an average of less than 20 points. Houston finished the regular season with a 10-6 record, won the AFC South title for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years.
After pulling off shocking upsets over the Patriots and Ravens, the Titans punched their playoff ticket to the AFC Championship. The Chiefs will host the Titans at Arrowhead Stadium where kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 pm (est) on Sunday January 19th.