Chiefs dominate the Texans, move on to the divisional round

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For the first time since January 16, 1994, the Kansas City Chiefs have won a playoff game.

The Chiefs dominated the Texans today in Houston, controlling the game from the opening kickoff (a 106-yard touchdown by Knile Davis) through the final whistle. When it was all over, the score was 30-0.

It’s the 11th consecutive win for the Chiefs, who were one of the hottest teams in the NFL over the second half of the season and continued to look good today. But it wasn’t a perfect game for the Chiefs: Jeremy Maclin, their best wide receiver, left with what appeared to be a significant knee injury, and the offense was ineffective for long stretches early in the game.

Still, while the game wasn’t a perfect showing for the Chiefs, it was good enough that they have to feel good moving forward. They’ll head to either Denver or New England next weekend, and although they’d be an underdog against either opponent, they won’t be an easy team to beat.

The Texans had a hugely disappointing loss that will raise questions about the future of quarterback Brian Hoyer. With four interceptions and a lost fumble, Hoyer was downright terrible, and coach Bill O’Brien may not think he can justify going into the 2016 season with Hoyer as his starter.

The Chiefs, however, know they have a quarterback in Alex Smith who is calmly effective if not spectacular, as well as a good running game and a good defense. That could be a winning combination in the playoffs. It was certainly enough for a big win today.

93 responses to “Chiefs dominate the Texans, move on to the divisional round

  1. Blake Bortles- We’ll pass
    Teddy Bridgewater- We’ll pass on him too
    Derek Carr- Lets go ahead and pass on him. Twice.

    The Texans certainly can’t say they haven’t had a shot at getting a young QB.

  2. Congrats to the Chiefs for getting that monkey off your back.

    Hope it’s Chiefs/Broncos in the Divisional Round! Nothing like a good rivalry in the playoffs.

  3. Bill O’Brien either really believes in Hoyer or is just stupid. Seriously. Brandon Weeden kind of got them in playoffs. After Hoyer 2nd pick the swap should’ve come. Chiefs embarrassed Texans

  4. Im a Pats fan and right now no team no looks scarier than the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Dark Horse they are but if you count them out even after this win chances are they will make you regret it. From how Im seeing it.

    Regardless of whether Cincy or Pit wins tonight both Denver and NE will have their hands full next week.

  5. Hats off to Andy Reid…he knows how to get the best out of a football team and has shown it both in Philly and KC !

  6. Hoyer was bad, really bad, but the Chiefs also shut down Watt for most of the game as well. I think that’s going to be overlooked. The Chiefs are for real and hopefully they can overcome the loss of Macklin.

  7. One of the ugliest playoff games I’ve seen in recent memory. I hope Jeremy’s knee isn’t shredded for the 3rd time in his career — possibly career-threatening at this point. He’s a great player with great passion and humility.

    Also, Hoyer’s throws were horrendous today. Just way, way off at times, capped by that last INT. If the Texans are going to make any noise next year, I think they know they’ll have to look elsewhere at QB.

  8. The Texans were an absolute embarrassment tonight and showed they really had no business being in the playoffs. Other than J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins they have nothing. Even Bill O’Brien has shown he is NOT an NFL coach. Between tonight’s debacle and the Thursday night October game against the Colts when he pulled Mallett for Hoyer (Mallett pouting on the sidelines) and the team was out of control committing personal foul after personal foul, O’Brien has shown no aptitude for running a team. Blow it all up.

  9. Shut out at home in the playoffs. When was the last time that happened?

    At least JJ Watt already has more playoff wins than Dick Butkus ever had.

  10. Dear Houston:

    What an incredible pile of suck you are.
    One shot at the big leagues and you blew it in epic fashion.
    You won’t get another playoff game at home for a long, long time.

    Love,
    The Indianapolis Colts.

  11. The Texans absolutely had no business being in the playoffs. The 10-6 Jets were a better team and would have been far more competitive in this game (I’m a Broncos can). Rewarding a bad team for winning a bad division simply doesn’t work. It’s bad football, and that’s not what the playoffs are supposed to be about. 4 divisions, 8 teams in each division: Problem solved.

  12. That’s been too good a defense of recent years for KC to only win it’s first playoff game in 22 years when they’re playing a team with no QB.

    Still, I’ll be pulling for KC if they play NE next week!

  13. As a Chiefs fan it’s hard to be optimistic at any given time. But after today I can firmly say there is no team in the NFL that I don’t believe they can beat. That patchwork O-Line did their job and that D is flat out incredible. Losing Macklin hurts, but if there is one thing I’ve learned about the Chiefs is that they can overcome personnel loss like few can. I’m not saying Super Bowl, but I am saying the I’m not scared.

  14. Watt, no tackles, 1 assist, no sacks.

    Once again he disappears in a big game. And he’s supposed to be the best defensive player in the league ?

    Not a chance.

  15. “The 10-6 Jets were a better team and would have been far more competitive in this game”

    They HAD a shot at the playoffs and got spanked. The system works just fine…..

  16. First, what was up with Watt and Wilfork on offense in a First and Goal situation? Blue ran you into scoring position, and you direct snap it to your best DEFENSIVE player? Had a chance to get into the game, and outsmarted himself. Next play, still no run to Blue, but an interception.

    Next, it might be time to package Clowney, your first round pick, and a 2nd Round pick to move up in order to grab Goff or Lynch. Clowney can’t stay healthy, needs a change of scenery, and probably needs to be a conventional DE in a 4-3 defense.

    Lastly, Houston looked bad, just bad.

  17. Great Game by the Chiefs but they will get CRUSHED Next week against either opponent! The Streak ends and “The Truth Stings!”

  18. To all those posters saying the Jets should have been playing-they could have been playing, all the Jets had to do was beat the Bills!!!! Jeez

  19. The Texans had terrible QB play and deserved to lose like this, but Colts fans don’t even bother posting on this board after giving up a fifty burger to Jacksonville and watching the playoffs from home.

  20. thetruthstings says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:02 PM

    Great Game by the Chiefs but they will get CRUSHED Next week against either opponent! The Streak ends and “The Truth Stings!”
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    The Chiefs have already destroyed the Manning led Donkeys this season, in Denver, and New England doesn’t seem that scary, unless they shut it down the last 4 games.

    Anything is possible though.

  21. Giving a QB like Hoyer the ball first on every play they run is insanity. What a sad excuse of a QB he turned out to be today. Every snap on offense he has the ball first. Mind numbing.

  22. heybackatyou says:
    Jan 9, 2016 7:40 PM
    Hoyer…another QB from New England that teams think must be good because he backed up Brady. Wrong!
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    Aye, I’ve lost count of the number of people who say that Brady is only a 4-ring QB because of Belichick’s “system”. If that’s the case then why does every coaching and playing product of the “system” do so poorly away from New England?

  23. I know as a Bronco fan I’m suppose to hate KC but i can’t. It’s nice seeing them get back to championship level. I can’t say that when we play of course but if we play again and they win again I will be hoping that they win it all. I love it more being from Philly and seeing Coach Reid win to break Philly fans hearts more (if that’s even possible). Great win to a great team and fans

  24. Texans have always been pretenders, but at least they don’t turn around and whine about ball pressure during a blowout like the worthless Colts.

  25. Can’t say the Chiefs embarrassed the Texans. The Texans embarrassed the Texans. Worst exhibition of playoff football I may have ever seen.

  26. Great Game by the Chiefs but they will get CRUSHED Next week against either opponent!

    The Chiefs spanked the Donkos last time and spanked them the first time and then choked.

    Denver better be cheering for the Steelers.

    Oh… They lost to them too.

  27. milehighmagik7 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:18 PM
    I know as a Bronco fan I’m suppose to hate KC but i can’t. It’s nice seeing them get back to championship level. I can’t say that when we play of course but if we play again and they win again I will be hoping that they win it all. I love it more being from Philly and seeing Coach Reid win to break Philly fans hearts more (if that’s even possible). Great win to a great team and fans
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    Much respect to you, sir. I wish more fans had your attitude.

  28. Wow.

    If I were Bill O’Brien’s boss, I want a pretty darn good explanation of his decision not to yank Hoyer.

    Loyalty is one thing, and I know the two of them go back a long way, but that was unbelievable. Hoyer obviously had nothing today, and despite repeated and bizarre statements from Jon Gruden that they “can’t” put Weeden in because he didn’t know the offense (despite that fact that it was Weeden and not Hoyer who won the game against the Colts that basically put the Texans in the playoffs in the first place), O’brien needed to at least TRY to see if Weeden could give them a spark.

    That was like watching a manager leave a pitcher in to give up 12 runs in a world series game. Brutal.

  29. pastanow says:
    Jan 9, 2016 7:40 PM
    Congratulations Brian Hoyer you are officially the worst QB to ever start a playoff game in the NFL. Be proud!
    ___________________________________
    No that honor still belongs to Jake Delhomme 6 turnovers in 1 game

  30. The fact the Texans got this far is amazing, they used 4 backup quarterbacks this season, lost Arian Foster early and still won the Division and got a home playoff game. Any Texans fan who is bitching about today should really reflect on the season from 2-5 to the playoffs. Yes they were overmatched today, but did anyone really expect them to win? These 2 teams’ defenses are even and it came down to qbs and Smith is just better than Hoyer. Texans need to find a quarterback and get some OL depth. With Grigson running the show in Indy, they should be favorite to win the Division next year.
    O’Brien is an NFL caliber coach, just not an elite one at this point.

  31. Awesome finally get to celebrate a playoff win. Been waiting.since I was in 5th grade. I want Denver next week cause while I respect them I want to end Payton mannings career he has been a nightmare for us chiefs fans.

  32. Watt, no tackles, 1 assist, no sacks.

    Once again he disappears in a big game. And he’s supposed to be the best defensive player in the league ?

    Not a chance.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not a Watt or Texans fan, but did you watch the game? KC had a plan for Watt and executed it very well. They weren’t going to lose to him…

    He also got hurt.

  33. Hoyer should of been benched after the second pick.
    Did anyone tell Obrien that this was a Playoff Game?

    This was so embarrassing to the Texans that the Owner should fire Obrien and show Hoyer the door. It is only up from there.

  34. gah05 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 7:51 PM
    Jets not Texans should have played today.

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    The Jets would have gotten beat worse.

  35. Great Game by the Chiefs but they will get CRUSHED Next week against either opponent! The Streak ends and “The Truth Stings!”
    ——————————

    Very doubtful. The Pats D will struggle with Smith’s ability to scramble and the Chiefs Defense will be a problem for Brady since they get to the QB and the Pats line is in shambles. Not saying the Pats don’t beat them but they will not crush them.

    Based on the way the Broncos defense keeps them in games, and their Offense sputters, I would think they’d play it close especially if the weather is bad. Broncos win but doubt they pull away…

  36. I guess O’Brien needed to see it one more time, all yr this team sucked when Hoyer was under center….it didn’t matter who was under center besides Hoyer, they won, once Hoyer comes back they can’t score…..lets see if he goes into the season with Hoyer again …

  37. Both the Texans and Colts give the impression they are mid level teams. Both are not. They have too many holes to fill on both offense and defense.

    Awesome players (Watt, Luck) can only carry you so far before they get exposed.

  38. milehighmagik7 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:18 PM
    I know as a Bronco fan I’m suppose to hate KC but i can’t. It’s nice seeing them get back to championship level. I can’t say that when we play of course but if we play again and they win again I will be hoping that they win it all. I love it more being from Philly and seeing Coach Reid win to break Philly fans hearts more (if that’s even possible). Great win to a great team and fans

    —————————————

    Andy Reid winning a playoff game does not break anyone’s heart in Philly. Good for him and so what? Every coach has at least 1 past team.

    He had 14 years in Philadelphia and has been gone for 3 years. Maybe it’s time for fans of other teams to let it go.

    When Adam Gase wins a game for the Dolphins are you going to post how he’s breaking hearts in Denver and Chicago?

  39. 4sacroc says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:52 PM
    Kansas City has awesome unis.

    as a long time chiefs fan I totally agree I love the white on white on the road and never ever want to see the red paints ever again. I like the red on red at home to but the red on white is ok to. But I got to be honest they have nothing on the boys in blue playing baseball across the parking lot. Nothing but class with the unis of that franchise.

  40. If Hoyer played bad but didn’t throw those picks, I’d defend him, but he truly stunk it up. There’s no way around that. It was so bad that Weeden should’ve been put in after the half. As much as Weeden gets criticized, the Texans couldn’t have done much worse if he was put in there. It’s amazing the Chiefs didn’t win by 50 to 0.

  41. trainwrecksryan says:
    Jan 9, 2016 7:57 PM
    Texans should be forced to sit out next season.
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    The whole division should sit out next season!

  42. bayousooner90 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:45 PM
    pastanow says:
    Jan 9, 2016 7:40 PM
    Congratulations Brian Hoyer you are officially the worst QB to ever start a playoff game in the NFL. Be proud!
    ___________________________________
    No that honor still belongs to Jake Delhomme 6 turnovers in 1 game
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    Kerry Collins 4 ints vs the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV certainly deserves honorable mention here.

  43. “The 10-6 Jets were a better team and would have been far more competitive in this game”

    They HAD a shot at the playoffs and got spanked. The system works just fine…..

    ———–
    Then why was planet earth just subjected to the most listless playoff game in NFL history? To quote Dave Mustaine: The System Has Failed. The system rewards a bad team who merely has to beat 3 even worse teams for the right to get drilled at home by a superior team. Fact: the Jets finished with a better record. They, and not the pathetic Houston Texans, were the 6th best in the AFC. The Jets should have played today, not the Texans. Saying that they shouldn’t have gotten in because they lost their last game (one game) marginalises the 10 wins they did get. They finished with one more win than the Texans. 4 divisions, 8 teams in each: Problem solved!

  44. Texans: You need a quarterback. Get one. I don’t care if Jesus declares for the draft, if He played QB and was great at it, draft Him. If He played anywhere else on the field, move on.

  45. It’s official. Houston is Kansas city’s bitch. 1st the royals beat the Astros in MLB playoffs and now the Chiefs whoop the texans in their own house. Go Chiefs. Let’s keep it going.

  46. Congrats, Chiefs fans. You’ve waited a while for this one, too long for one of the best football towns in America. The Pats are my team and I’m glad we’re playing KC. The best teams should be playing each other in the postseason.

  47. How does a playoff team get shut out at HOME? Truly embarrassing display of professional football…
    At least they shut up Hopkins…

  48. ebhaynz says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:00 PM

    KC vs. Hou 1st game of the season – W
    KC vs. Hou 1st playoff game of the season – W

    You forgot:

    KC Ousts Astros, advance to ALCS – W
    Sporting KC eliminates Houston Dynamo, advance to Open Cup – W
    KC World Capital of BBQ – W

    Shots just keep coming…

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