Wild Chiefs-Texans first half leads to historic day for NFL record book

Jason Owens

The Houston Texans punched the Kansas City Chiefs in the mouth on Sunday, racing out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter of their AFC divisional playoff matchup.

By halftime, the Chiefs scored four unanswered touchdowns to take a 28-24 lead in a wild, unprecedented half of NFL football en route to their 51-31 win.

In addition being a spectacular show, the game that Kansas City eventually produced some incredible numbers.

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The Chiefs got off to their bleak start thanks to several dropped passes from players like Travis Kelce and Demarcus Robinson.

It was a completely unexpected performance from the usually precise Kansas City offense.

Kelce joins HOF tight ends in record book

But after a big third-down drop that led to a blocked punt for a Texans touchdown on the next play, Kelce made up for his early mistake, joining Hall of Fame tight end David Casper and future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski in the NFL record book.

It’s another remarkable achievement in Kelce’s likely Hall of Fame career.

Kelce’s entry into the playoff record book couldn’t have happened without a remarkable effort from his quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose second quarter elicited memories of one of the great performances in NFL history.

The numbers from the first half of Texans-Chiefs are staggering. (Mark J. Rebilas/Reuters)
The numbers from the first half of Texans-Chiefs are staggering. (Mark J. Rebilas/Reuters)

Mahomes channels Doug Williams

Washington quarterback Doug Williams stunned the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXII with a four-touchdown outburst to rally from a 10-0 deficit en route to a 42-10 victory. Mahomes matched that feat on Sunday, joining Williams as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for four touchdowns in a single postseason quarter.

Historic halftime rally

By the time Mahomes connected with Kelce for the fourth touchdown of the quarter, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to take a halftime lead after trailing by 24 points.

Unprecedented points

In doing so, the Chiefs had rallied to combine with the Texans for the highest-scoring first half in playoff history.

Fans in Kansas City more than got their money’s worth on Sunday.

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