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Andy Reid: Don’t criticize Bill O’Brien for fake punt

Texans coach Bill O’Brien has taken some criticism for a failed fake punt that helped the Chiefs come back and win today’s wild playoff game in Kansas City. But Chiefs coach Andy Reid says that criticism is unfair. Reid said that the Texans’ fake punt almost worked, and if it had worked everyone would be [more]

Bill O’Brien: 24-0 is a good lead, but no lead is safe against the Chiefs

Texans coach Bill O’Brien looked a little shellshocked after his team went from winning 24-0 to losing 51-31 today in Kansas City. O’Brien said at his post-game press conference that the Texans knew coming in that even a big early lead wouldn’t necessarily be big enough. “24-0 was a really good lead, no doubt about [more]

Chiefs advance to AFC Championship Game in wild one over Texans

It would be nearly impossible to start a game in a worse way than the Chiefs did Sunday. But impossible needs a new definition after what the Chiefs did to the Texans. The Chiefs came back for a 51-31 win in the divisional round, overcoming an early deficit with 41 unanswered points. Totally normal. The [more]

Texans score, but Chiefs put their foot back down

When the Texans appeared to show some fight, the Chiefs moved quickly to take it away from them again. After Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson ran for a touchdown to break a long scoreless drought in the third quarter, the Chiefs answered and pushed their lead back to 48-31. We have to keep pointing this out, [more]

Chiefs with impressive drive to start second half

The Chiefs started the second half the way they finished the first, except without the guy who did most of the damage. The Chiefs extended their lead to 34-24 on the opening drive of the third quarter, with Damien Williams scoring his second touchdown of the day after a couple of Patrick Mahomes runs. The [more]

DeAndre Hopkins returns to field after rib X-rays

Houston’s first-half collapse, after leading 24-0, was punctuated by receiver DeAndre Hopkins suffering a rib injury. According to Tracy Wolfson of CBS, Hopkins received an X-ray. He jogged to the playing area after the third quarter began, but before the Texans had a possession. Hopkins returned to action for his team’s opening drive of the [more]

Chiefs roar back, to take halftime lead on Texans

The Chiefs and Texans contain multitudes. After a ridiculous and amazing first half of football, the Chiefs have taken a 28-24 lead. The Texans opened the game by scoring the first 24 points, but then came a hail of special teams miscues of their own and the Chiefs came back to reclaim the lead less [more]

Chiefs right back in it, of course

The Chiefs began crawling out of the hole the same way they got into it, with big plays on special teams. After a 58-yard kickoff return led to their first touchdown, they cut the lead to 24-14 after a mysterious decision to fake punt by Texans coach Bill O’Brien deep in his own territory (after [more]

Chiefs get on the board after big return

The Chiefs waited until they were down a couple dozen points to start. But then, they started quickly, in a relative sense. A 58-yard kickoff return by Mecole Hardman was followed two plays later by a touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to Damien Williams, as the Chiefs cut Houston’s lead to 24-7. It’s still going [more]

Texans up 21-0 after stunning first quarter

The Chiefs were desperate to try to turn things around, trailing 14-0 early in the first quarter, so they put one of their best players in position to make a play. Things promptly got worse. (Because, as we know from years of experience, things can always get worse.) After Tyreek Hill was put in to [more]

Disastrous start for the Chiefs continues

The Chiefs’ postseason struggles have lasted for years. Today, they’re landing like an avalanche. The Texans are now up 14-0 in the first five minutes, after a blocked punt was returned for a touchdown by Lonnie Johnson for a touchdown. The breakdown happened at the end of a rough first series, which included a false [more]

Texans jump out to quick lead

The Texans didn’t need long to take an early lead. And the recent mythology about the Chiefs being better defensively went away just as quickly. The Texans took a 7-0 lead three minutes into their game against the Chiefs, in dramatic fashion. Deshaun Watson hit a wide open Kenny Stills for a 54-yard touchdown. Stills [more]

Chris Jones inactive for Chiefs

The Chiefs have suffered a big loss on their defensive line. Chris Jones, who was listed as questionable with a calf injury, tried to work out in pregame warmups and couldn’t do it, and the Chiefs have made him inactive today against the Texans. Jones is a key piece in the Chiefs’ defense, and they’ll [more]

Texans rule out Jahleel Addae, Jordan Akins

The Texans downgraded safety Jahleel Addae and Jordan Akins, announcing neither traveled with the team to Kansas City. Addae started against the Bills after starting three regular-season games, and he played 30 snaps before injuring his knee. The Texans have Mike Adams to fill in. Adams played 55 snaps against the Bills and made five [more]

Texans expect Will Fuller to play Sunday

The Texans expect to have wide receiver Will Fuller back on the field on Sunday in Kansas City. Fuller is expected to play against the Chiefs despite a groin injury, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. The Texans’ offense typically plays much better with Fuller in the lineup and has struggled in the games he [more]

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