Thousands upon thousands of football teams have fallen behind by 24 points or more. A very small amount of NFL teams over the years have managed to erase such a large deficit.
No one had ever done it in a single half of football. Until Patrick Mahomes woke up in the second quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The Chiefs’ stunning comeback
For an hour, it looked like we were watching a rerun of the Tennessee Titans’ shocking upset of the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. The Texans jumped on the Chiefs for an early 21-0 lead, and had a shot at 28-0.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien decided he’d rather take a field goal than go for it on 4th-and-1 on the Chiefs’ 13. The Chiefs rewarded that bit of charity with four straight touchdown drives to end the first half, then three more to open the second half.
As you can imagine, the world of NFL Twitter was in disbelief as Mahomes did his thing.
The strangest half of playoff football my eyes have ever seen... #HOUvsKC— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) January 12, 2020
Bill O'Brien with the Texans' 24-0 lead pic.twitter.com/YvZnzMJnDo— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 12, 2020
sorry— charles (ronald) mcdonald (@FourVerts) January 12, 2020
That was wild...wildly entertaining... https://t.co/MDNuQersyY— JoelDreessen (@JoelDreessen) January 12, 2020
What an embarrassing game for Bill O'Brien and the Texans. One of the all-time choke jobs. Up 24-0 now down 34-24 with 11:24 left in the third quarter.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 12, 2020
Falcons fans, don't read this— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) January 12, 2020
This is 28-3 on 2x speed
Let’s waive the 5-year waiting period and induct Bill O’Brien’s 2nd quarter into the Bad Coaching Hall of Fame, pantheon wing, with his bust covered in gold and vomit.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 12, 2020
WHY IS EVERY PERSON IN THIS GAME LOSING THEIR MINDS— Robert Mays (@robertmays) January 12, 2020
To have a 3-score lead blown in the first half, there have to be:— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 12, 2020
—6 TDs in one half (a lot! pretty rare!)
—also a bunch of empty possessions for one team at the start then a bunch of empty possessions for the other
—one team going from unstoppable to hopeless and vice versa
The only player with 4 Pass TD in a quarter over the last 5 seasons is:— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) January 12, 2020
He's now done it twice this season. pic.twitter.com/OKnlPo32Bf
One fan took his superstition to the next level while the Chiefs were down ... and it just might have worked:
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