Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • KC 314
    • 226 HOU
  • Turnovers

    • KC 1
    • 5 HOU
  • Possession

    KC HOU
    25:35 34:25
  • 1st Downs

    • KC 18
    • 14 HOU

Game Information

NRG Stadium
Coverage: ESPN/ABC
  • Houston, TX 77054
  • Line: KC -3.0
  • Over/Under: 40
Attendance: 71,800
Capacity: 71,054
Referees: Steve Freeman, Jim Mello, Doug Rosenbaum, Ronald Torbert, Carl Paganelli, Julian Mapp, Alex Kemp
1/10/2016 Associated Press

Chiefs smother Texans on way to wild-card shutout

Knile Davis opened the game with a 106-yard kickoff return, and the Chiefs defense forced five Texans turnovers to cruise to their first playoff win since 1994, a 30-0 shutout.

Scoring Summary

first QuarterKCHOU
Knile Davis 106 Yd Kickoff Return (Cairo Santos Kick)
0 plays, 0 yards, 0:11
second QuarterKCHOU
Cairo Santos 49 Yd Field Goal
5 plays, 27 yards, 2:30
Cairo Santos 49 Yd Field Goal
6 plays, 40 yards, 3:29
third QuarterKCHOU
Chris Conley 9 Yd pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos Kick)
11 plays, 94 yards, 5:23
fourth QuarterKCHOU
Spencer Ware 5 Yd Run (Cairo Santos Kick)
8 plays, 71 yards, 4:13
Cairo Santos 33 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, 6 yards, 2:13

Research Notes

  • DeAndre Hopkins had 69 Rec yds Saturday. The rest of the team had 67 Rec yds combined.

  • Kansas City's defense contributed 19.5 points to its 30-point scoring margin, the second-highest defensive EPA in the last five postseasons behind Seattle's performance in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Broncos.

  • Brian Hoyer had a 1.7 Total QBR against the Chiefs, the third-lowest QBR in a playoff game in the last 10 seasons and lowest since the Panthers Jake Delhomme turned the ball over six times against the Cardinals in the 2008 Divisional round.

  • Brian Hoyer was 3-of-11 for 25 yards and 4 interceptions passing between the painted field numbers Saturday. During the Chiefs 10-game win streak they allowed 3 Pass TD with 14 interceptions on passes thrown between the painted field numbers.

  • The Chiefs sent 4 or fewer pass rushers on 84% (31-of-37) of Brian Hoyer's dropbacks Saturday. Hoyer went 12-of-28 with all 4 interceptions and all 3 sacks against such pass rushes.This was only the 2nd time this season a team generated 4 interceptions when sending 4 or fewer pass rushers in a game. The other was also by the Chiefs in Week 10 against the Broncos.

  • The Chiefs 30-0 shutout of the Texans is the largest postseason road shutout since the merger and the 3rd-largest in NFL playoff history.

  • Alex Smith was 8-of-9 for 83 yards and a touchdown when using play-action Saturday after going 11-of-14 for 149 yards and 2 TD on play-action in Week 1 against the Texans. Smith had 2 play-action pass TD in every other game this season.

  • Travis Kelce had more yards after the catch (73) Saturday than the rest of the Chiefs had receiving yards (62). Kelce's 73 yards after the catch Saturday were the 4th-most by a tight end in a game this season.

  • J.J. Watt was a complete non-factor in Saturday's Wild Card game. He finished with fewer solo tackles than 4 of Houston's offensive players (Nate Washington, DeAndre Hopkins, Alfred Blue and Ryan Griffin).

  • The Texans are the 3rd team in last 15 seasons with 4 turnovers in the 1st half of a playoff game.2014 NFC Championship: Seahawks had 4 turnovers in the 1st half vs Packers, trailed 16-0 at halftime, and came back to win 28-22 in OT.2011 Divisional Round: Saints had 4 turnovers in the 1st half against Alex Smith's 49ers (49ers won 36-32).

  • According to Elias, Knile Davis' 106-yard kickoff return touchdown was the fifth kickoff return touchdown to begin a game in postseason history.The last time it happened was in Super Bowl XLI when the Bears' Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.

  • Knile Davis has the 2nd kickoff return TD in Chiefs playoff history. Dante Hall had the other in the 2004 season versus the Colts.


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