Chiefs rout mistake prone Texans for Wild Card win

Sat Jan 9, 2016 8:17pm EST
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(Reuters) - The Kansas City Chiefs used a dominating defense and workmanlike offence to crush the mistake prone Houston Texans 30-0 on Saturday as the National Football League postseason opened with a dreary rout.

The Chiefs, who stormed into the postseason on a 10-game winning streak, got the AFC Wild Card contest off to an explosive start when Knile Davis returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown to send a jolt through the capacity crowd at Houston's NRG Stadium.

The second longest kickoff return in NFL playoff history would stand up as the only touchdown of the first half with Brazilian kicker Cairo Santos adding two second-quarter 49-yard field goals.

"You never expect to start a game like that," said Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. "But we feel like we can play three phases of football and special teams really came out today and gave us a kick start."

The AFC South champion Texans were fortunate to escape an error-riddled opening half trailing just 13-0 after turning the ball over four times.

Brian Hoyer's first postseason appearance was not a memorable one as the Houston quarterback fumbled once and tossed three interceptions in a miserable opening half, including one with the Texans poised to score on the two-yard line.

Kansas City pushed the Texans into an even bigger hole when Smith marched the Chiefs 94 yards on their opening possession of the second half, hitting Chris Conley with a nine-yard touchdown strike to cap the drive.

There was more bad news for the Texans in the third quarter when team leader J.J. Watt, the NFL's reigning defensive player of the year, left the field with an apparent leg injury and did not return.

Texans fans were headed to the exits after Spencer Ware scampered for another touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter that capped another long drive and put the Chiefs out in front 27-0 before Santos closed out the scoring with his third field goal of the game.   Continued...

Jan 9, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports