Football is a complicated sport. Dozens of tiny events happen on any given play, and multiple events can stack up and lead to a 24-0 hole. The Texans blocked a punt for a touchdown. Tyreek Hill muffed a punt, leading to a Texans score. However, the easiest way out of a 24-0 hole is to have a stone-cold killer who can score points whenever he wants. The Chiefs have the no. 1 problem-solver left in the playoffs: the guy who can create offense that quickly. They needed him to solve some problems Sunday.
Chiefs Offense Vs. Texans Defense Is an Immense Mismatch: Remember, Kansas City only punted on their first two possessions because of third-down drops by wide-open receivers. After that, Houston forced one more punt then yielded seven consecutive touchdown drives. This Houston secondary, one of the NFL’s worst, with no pass-rush to bail it out, had zero chance of stopping Patrick Mahomes on Sunday.
This had a Michael Jordan feel to it.
That’s not a comparison that should be made frequently or nonchalantly. But Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has dominated the NFL to such an extent over the last two years that he’s earned the right. He looks and feels like a young Jordan three decades ago in the NBA: remarkable at all times but at his best—calm, cool and focused to an unworldly degree—when it matters most.
The Titans weren’t a big blitzing team during the regular season, finishing with the NFL’s fifth-lowest blitz rate (19.2%). But blitzing isn’t usually a good answer for Mahomes. In 2019, he had the NFL’s third-best QBR when opponents rushed five or more players (90.5). Instead, the best answer would be to mix and match in a way that keeps the Chiefs off balance and puts Mahomes in difficult downs-and-distances.
“The biggest thing is that when you have guys like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman, you know you can score points,” Patrick Mahomes said. “It’s just about the flow of the game. I’ve been saying for the last five or 10 games, you have to read how the game is going. Obviously, with how we started the game offensively, defensively and on special teams, we knew we had to score points. That means more scrambling around, taking more chances and taking more shots. And I thought guys made a lot of plays.”
Patrick Mahomes joined Doug Williams as the only QBs in NFL playoff history to throw four touchdowns in a single quarter.
Patrick Mahomes, meanwhile, became just the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards and at least five touchdowns in a postseason game, joining Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner (twice), Peyton Manning, Kerry Collins, Steve Young, and Daryle Lamonica. Throw in his 56 rushing yards, and nobody else in the history of the league has matched what Mahomes did in this game.
“Ahhh, not a lot, honestly,” Mahomes said with a grin when asked how many times he’s scored on seven consecutive drives in Madden. “It was an amazing thing. Everything was working. Play calls were great, everybody was getting open against man coverage.”
As Bell celebrated in the Arrowhead Stadium seats with fans, offensive lineman Eric Fisher took a couple of nearby beers and banged them together in a similar fashion to WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
Fisher didn’t drink the beers, instead just pouring them over his shoulders.
With a win in today’s AFC Divisional Game, the Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC’s top-remaining seed and are confirmed to host the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium at 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 19. A limited quantity of tickets will go on sale to the public at noon on Monday, Jan. 13. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.chiefs.com.
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His inclusion in the Hall of Fame isn’t too surprising, especially when there will be a 20-person class in honor of the Hall’s 100th anniversary. He was one of eight coaches named a finalist with two to be selected. But the break from the usual knock on the door tradition was a fun way to make the moment feel even more special.
There have been some reports suggesting San Francisco 49ers pass game coordinator Mike LaFleur or 49ers run game coordinator Mike McDaniel are the offensive coordinators of choice for Stefanski. Neither appears to have coached with Stefanski at any point in their careers. The addition of either would be a slam dunk for the Browns.
“My guys just were telling me it was short, you know?” he said, sounding exasperated. “It looked short and had they called him short, then it would’ve been short. It’s the same thing last week: you call ‘em a score, you let ‘em score. They wouldn’t overturn that one -- I’m going back to the Niners game, I guess. That’s how it goes.”
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Without Sorensen, the Chiefs might not have been able to turn the momentum of the game quickly enough during the second quarter. He sussed out (and blew up) a Texans fake punt, setting up the second Chiefs touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Sorensen forced a fumble as Texans wide receiver DeAndre Carter was returning the kick. Two plays later, the Chiefs narrowed the score to 24-21 with their second touchdown in 94 seconds.
Damien Williams: Another playoff game — and another three touchdowns for Williams. He only had 68 total yards, but served as the team’s go-to back, helping finish drives when the team desperately needed to score. Williams was the only running back to touch the ball against the Texans — and ended up being part of the solution.
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