KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Down 24-Zero with lower than 11 minutes remaining within the second quarter on Sunday, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs already confronted a monumental problem: Solely three groups had overcome a bigger deficit to win a playoff sport.
Earlier than the primary half was over, the Chiefs, who opened as a 7-point favourite at Caesars Sportsbook, had a lead over the Houston Texans they would not relinquish. Their domination over the sport’s closing 41 minutes of their 51-31 divisional-round victory was much more spectacular than the Texans’ command of the primary 19 minutes.
The Texans scored a landing on a return of a blocked punt and recovered a Chiefs fumble on the Kansas Metropolis 6 to assist construct their early lead.
However then the sport shifted to the Chiefs, and in a rush.
• First group in postseason historical past to attain 41 consecutive factors after falling behind by at the very least 20*
• First group in postseason historical past to win by 20 factors after trailing by 20*
• First group to attain a TD on 7 consecutive drives in a postseason sport*
• First group to steer at half after falling behind by 24 factors*
• 11th time a group scored 41 consecutive factors in a playoff sport and first for the reason that 2002 Jets*
• First group to attain 50 factors in a postseason sport after going scoreless in 1st quarter
• 24-point comeback win tied for 4th-largest comeback by any group in postseason historical past
* Courtesy of Elias Sports activities Bureau
Patrick Mahomes threw 4 touchdowns passes within the closing 10 minutes of the second quarter, turning into solely the second participant in postseason historical past to have 4 scoring throws in a single interval, becoming a member of Washington’s Doug Williams, who achieved the feat in Tremendous Bowl XXII.
The Chiefs led 28-24 at halftime, making them the primary group to steer on the break after trailing by eventually 24 factors, in response to the Elias Sports activities Bureau. They continued their barrage till the sport’s closing moments, turning into the primary playoff group to win by 20 after trailing by 20 or extra, in response to Elias.
Travis Kelce caught three of Mahomes’ TD passes within the second quarter, turning into the primary NFL participant with three scoring catches in a single interval of a postseason sport.
The momentum appeared to alter when the Chiefs, trailing 24-7, stopped Houston’s punt pretend on fourth-and-Four from the Texans’ 31 for a 2-yard acquire. Mahomes threw his second TD move of the quarter three performs later.
The Chiefs will face the Tennessee Titans subsequent Sunday at Arrowhead within the AFC Championship Recreation.