Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
Houston Texans Preview
The Houston Texas survived the wild-card round with the fourth largest comeback in franchise history, overcome a 16-0 deficit to nip the Buffalo Bills 22-19 in overtime. Houston is 0-3 in the divisional round, representing its only three road playoff appearances. The Texans overcame three turnovers to outgain the Chiefs by 163 yards with 35 first downs in a 31-24 victory at Kansas City on Oct. 13.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson is always a threat to take off, with 131 rushing yards in two career postseason games. His top receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, tied for the AFC lead with 104 catches. Wide receiver Will Fuller missed the last two games with a groin injury after setting career bests for catches (49) and receiving yards (670). Cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) also missed the Buffalo win.
Kansas City Chiefs Preview
After a first-round bye, the Kansas City Chiefs now face an AFC divisional field lacking the New England Patriots, who won in overtime at Kansas City in last yearâ€™s conference championship game. The Chiefs lost the coin toss and then allowed a touchdown in that defeat but enter this yearâ€™s playoffs on a six-game win streak featuring a defense that allowed 11.5 points on average over that stretch.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu, who was acquired over the offseason, emerged as a defensive leader but must now guide a secondary without impressive rookie safety Juan Thornhill (knee), who is out for the playoffs. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes missed two games with a dislocated kneecap but still passed for more than 4,000 yards. Tight end Travis Kelce, who tops Chiefs receivers, is nursing a sore knee.