The Chiefs roll into their 2020 season with more excitement than ever before. Every aspect of this team looks set to grab another Lombardi Trophy at season’s end.
While they can’t overlook any team, especially a good one like Houston, they have what it takes to cruise right past this AFC foe. Houston was able to come into Arrowhead and steal a win last October, but Kansas City made them pay for it in the playoffs.
Had it not been for a sloppy second quarter in that regular-season game, the Chiefs should have easily emerged victorious. There shouldn’t be any excuses after a loss like that, but Steve Spagnuolo’s defense was still trying to find it’s footing in the first half of 2019.
During that game, the Texan’s rushing attack pounded the Chiefs for 192 yards and three scores. To add insult to injury, 116 of those yards and one score were tallied by Carlos Hyde, who the Chiefs had just let go of in the 2019 preseason.
Thankfully, the division round playoff game had a completely different outcome. It looked really horrible for the first 19 minutes, but Kansas City overcame one of the worst deficits in playoff history and emerged with a win.
What was at first a 24-0 Houston lead turned out to be some Mahomes’ magic and a 51-31 win to advance to the AFC title game. The Chiefs even spotted the Texans a couple of easy scores at first, so it should have looked even worse for Houston in the end.
Thankfully, that game dismantled the myth that the Chiefs always choked in the playoffs. That win was followed by two more incredible comebacks, which resulted in Kansas City’s first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
That playoff win over Houston crushed their dreams and firmly put Kansas City’s foot on the throttle. While the Texans will come to down with some unfinished business, the Chiefs still carry the momentum to keep them from finishing that business.