The Kansas City Chiefs begin the postseason with a Divisional round game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. The winner advances to the AFC Divisional Championship. Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. (Arrowhead Time). The game will be broadcast by CBS — locally on KCTV/5.
The Chiefs enter the postseason with a six-game winning streak that gave them a 12-4 record and the AFC West title — the first time the franchise has ever had back-to-back 12-win seasons or four straight division titles. The team is coming off a 31-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead.
The Texans finished the regular season 10-6, giving them their fourth AFC South title in five seasons. After concluding their season with a 35-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Texans advanced to the Divisional round with a 22-19 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Both offenses are led by quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
The Chiefs took Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick of the draft, keeping him off the field until the final game of the 2017 season and making him the starter in 2018. After leading the team to the first seed of the AFC playoffs — and passing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns — the former Texas Tech quarterback was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, taking the team to the brink of a Super Bowl berth. In 2019, he’s struggled with injuries — including a dislocated kneecap that kept him off the field for two games — but remains one of the league’s most effective quarterbacks, passing for 4,031 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Texans selected Deshaun Watson out of Clemson two picks after Mahomes. He made his NFL debut almost immediately, stepping in after Tom Savage was benched in Week 1 and starting every game until he suffered a season-ending ACL injury after Week 8. The following season, Watson led the team to an 11-5 record, passing for 4,165 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Like Mahomes, Watson has taken a step backward in 2019 — passing for 3,852 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions — but remains one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is finishing his 21st season as an NFL head coach — his seventh with the Chiefs. He has already become the franchise’s winningest coach in regular-season games, but possesses only a 2-5 record in the playoffs. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is in his sixth season as the team’s leader — his first head coaching job in a 27-year coaching career. Like Reid, O’Brien has been the Texans’ most successful coach during the regular season — but has only a 2-3 record in the postseason.
Since the Texans were established in 2002, the two teams are 5-5 in regular-season games. They last met in Week 6, when the Texans defeated the Chiefs 31-24 at Arrowhead Stadium. They’ve met just once in the postseason, when the Chiefs defeated the Texans 30-0 in the Wild Card round of the 2015 playoffs.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Playing surface: Natural grass
Game time: 2:05 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Sunday, January 12, 2020
Weather forecast: Snow on the ground. Sunshine morning, cloudy afternoon, high 40. Winds SE at 11 mph. 20% chance of precipitation.
Parking lots open: 9 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Stadium gates open: Noon Arrowhead Time
Pageantry: National Anthem: Jordan Smith. Drum Deck Honoree: Tamba Hali. Spirit Leader: Eric Stonestreet.
Road construction note: The Missouri department of Transportation has commenced a multi-year construction project on sections of I-435 and I-70. Be advised that there will be detours on game day at the I-435 and I-70 Interchange for travelers on southbound I-435 toward Arrowhead Stadium. Complete information regarding detours and construction plans can be found at modot.org/node/16145 and modot.org/i-435-and-i-70-interchange.
Matchup history: 5-5 (regular season)
Odds: Chiefs -10
Officials: Referee Shawn Hochuli (83), umpire Paul King (121), down judge Ed Camp (134), line judge Carl Johnson (101), field judge Michael Banks (72), side judge Chad Hill (125), back judge Brad Freeman (88), replay official Carl Madsen and replay assistant Tyler Cerimeli.
Arrowhead Pride Tailgate: with Pete Sweeney and Kent Swanson, Noon (Arrowhead Time) on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com.
Arrowhead Pride Post-game Show: with Pete Sweeney and Jay Binkley, immediately following the game on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com. Also available after its conclusion on the Arrowhead Pride Podcast Channel.
Television broadcast: with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on KCTV (CBS/5-Kansas City), Chiefs Mobile App, KHOU (CBS/11-Houston) and CBS affiliates nationwide.
Online Stream: Fubo.TV
Chiefs Spanish radio broadcast: with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham on La Mega 100.5 FM and 1160 AM (Tico Sports).
Enemy SB Nation site: Battle Red Blog
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