Chiefs knock Texans out of playoffs, 30-0

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 20:23:56-05

The Kansas City Chiefs took their 10-0 finish in the regular season and continued it in the playoffs, winning their wild card against the Houston Texans, 30-0.

Kansas City started the game strong and didn't look back.

The Chiefs' Knile Davis took the opening kickoff 106 yards to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead over Houston.

It was the second-longest return in postseason history and the fifth time the opening kick was returned for a touchdown in a playoff game. Chicago's Devin Hester was the last to do it against Indianapolis in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2007.

Davis had a team-record 108-yard return against Denver in 2013.

The Texans won the coin toss, but deferred. Davis found a hole, cut to the outside and sprinted down the left side untouched.

The Chiefs overcame a 1-5 start and have won 10 straight games entering the playoffs. The Texans bounced back from a 2-5 start to win the AFC South.

But, Texans' quarterback Brian Hoyer turned into a turnover machine in his first career playoff start.

Hoyer threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on Houston's first six possessions. Hoyer hadn't thrown more than one pick in any of his nine starts this season. He had 19 TDs and seven interceptions.

The three interceptions tied Hoyer's career-high. He did it twice with Cleveland, including in a 26-24 win at Atlanta in 2014.

Down 13-0 just before halftime, the Houston Texans turned to J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork on offense.

It didn't work.

Watt lined up at quarterback, took a snap out of shotgun formation and ran behind the 325-pound Wilfork, who was an extra blocker. The Chiefs weren't surprised and stuffed Watt for a 2-yard loss.

Brian Hoyer then threw an interception so the Texans didn't get anything after their best drive and they get much for the rest of the game, going scoreless.

The Chiefs or the Steelers will play the Denver Broncos next Sunday, depending on the outcome of the Steelers-Bengals game Saturday night.


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