Chiefs wipe out Texans, advance in playoffs for first time since 1994

Mike Petraglia
January 09, 2016 - 2:33 pm
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[caption id="attachment_104294" align="alignright" width="375"]Knile Davis (34) reacts after retuning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Texans Saturday. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports) Knile Davis (34) reacts after retuning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Texans Saturday. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)[/caption] From the moment Knile Davis took the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown, the first game of the playoff season belonged to the Chiefs. The Chiefs intercepted former Tom Brady backup Brian Hoyer four times and forced a strip sack as Kansas City rolled to a 30-0 win over the Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Chiefs, who have now won 11 straight games after a 1-5 start, now play the Patriots after the Steelers shocked the Bengals on a last-second field goal in Cincinnati. The Steelers travel to Denver for an AFC divisional playoff game against the Broncos on Jan. 17. Hoyer had a nightmare of a game in his first career playoff start. He completed just 15-of-34 passes for 136 yards. In addition to the four interceptions, he was strip-sacked in the first half and sacked three times altogether. After being staked to a 7-0 lead 12 seconds into the game, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith didn't need to make any spectacular plays. He finished 17-of-22 for 190 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Travis Kelce had eight catches for 128 yards. The only bit of bad news for the Chiefs came in the second half when they lost wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Maclin was taken to the locker room on a cart after his knee got tied up following a reception. J.J. Watt re-aggravated his groin injury on the same play as the Maclin injury in the third quarter. Maclin caught three passes from Smith for 29 yards on four targets. The Chiefs took a 20-0 lead on the drive Maclin left the game. Watt came back to the field to cheers but did not return to the game and left for good with 10 minutes left in the game. The loss is potentially devastating for the Chiefs and Smith. Maclin led the Chiefs this season, catching 87 balls for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. receptions and eight touchdown catches. In 2014, Smith did not complete a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. The Chiefs hadn't won a playoff game since Joe Montana beat the Houston Oilers in Jan. 1994 across the parking lot in the old Astrodome, snapping an eight-game postseason skid. The Chiefs also washed away the nightmare of two years ago when they blew a 38-10 third-quarter lead and lost to Andrew Luck and the Colts, 45-44. The win leaves the Bengals with the longest current streak at eight games. The shutout win was the first in the NFL playoffs since Jan. 8, 2006, when the Panthers beat the Giants, 23-0. According to Elias Sports, in 80 years of NFL playoffs, it marked the first time the postseason opened with a kickoff return for touchdown. DraftKings DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.