There will be no revenge for the Chiefs against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Instead, the Houston Texans will travel to Kansas City for the Divisional Round Playoffs on Sunday with a 2:05 CT kick from Arrowhead Stadium.
During the regular season, the Chiefs and Texans are 5-5, with Kansas City winning the lone playoff matchup, a 30-0 win in Houston back in 2016. However, revenge will still be a factor with Houston winning the matchup this year in October 31-24. After the Chiefs jumped out to a 17-3 lead after the first quarter, Houston scored 20 unanswered in the second quarter. Deshaun Watson threw a one-yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 6:24 remaining to put the Texans on top.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to deal with all the adversity and the up and down and flow of the game and to be able to fight for 60 minutes,” Watson said after that game.
Two major differences since that first matchup. For starters, Patrick Mahomes is healthier. He was slowed by a bad ankle in that game. The second, is Kansas City’s defense has improved and slowing the Texans run game is the first priority.
“We haven’t played a perfect game on defense,” Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark said after the loss, “and we’re not going to play a perfect game, but we need to play a bit better. We need to eliminate the rush. When you eliminate the rush, you can have more fun.”
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