Kansas City Chiefs (24) at Houston Texans (17)
Points were difficult to come by early in this game, and the first six drives ended with punts. It took a bad interception by Brian Hoyer deep in his own half to finally break the deadlock.
That was where thing really started to go wrong for Houston. They fumbled the next kickoff, which led to another Kansas City score. A long punt return after their next possession set up a third touchdown by the Chiefs.
Despite their big halftime lead, the Chiefs had only 98 yards of offense at halftime. Houston was simply making too many mistakes.
Houston made a valiant effort to come back in the second half. They actually had the ball at the KC 27-yard line with a chance to tie at the end of the game. Hoyer then had two passes dropped inside the ten. A third was batted away in the end zone as time expired.
Alex Smith finished with a very Alex Smith stat line in the win. He completed 22 of 30 passes, but for only 201 yards. He also had one touchdown and didn’t throw an interception.
Hoyer was more erratic. The game flow forced him to put the ball in the air 39 times. He completed only 23 of his passes but managed 278 yards and two touchdowns. His one pick was very costly, though.
The Chiefs now must travel to Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Next: Divisional Round: Seattle at Carolina