Saturday afternoon’s loss at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas was as disappointing as last Sunday’s win was exhilarating for the Houston Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs who began the 2015 season defeating the Texans 27-20 in week one repeated the effort in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs with a 30-0 win. The shutout ended Houston’s season and was the first shutout suffered by the Texans franchise against all competitions since Dec 7, 2003, a span of 199 games.
Kansas City return man and Missouri Texas City native Knile Davis stunned a crowd of 71,800 racing 196 yards with game’s opening kick-off giving the Chiefs a lead they would never relinquish. The Thurgood Marshall graduate’s return was the second longest in NFL playoff history. Only former Texan Jacoby Jones 108 yard touchdown return in Super Bowl XLVII was longer. Davis also co-owns the regular season NFL record with a return for 108 yards against Denver in 2013 and in 2014 added a 99 yard kick-off return to his resume.
“Well, first, this is my hometown so it was good to set the tempo in my hometown,” said Davis about his return. “When I saw the ball in the air, I saw the coverage , I knew they weren’t on me yet. I was like, this is a good opportunity to do something, to make something happen, and when I went left, I saw it split like the red sea and I took it to the house from there.”
Two 49 yard field goals from Cairo Santos gave the Chief a 13-0 halftime lead.
“Really at halftime, it’s 13-0,” said Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer who threw three first half interceptions and lost a fumble. “We’re two scores away.”
Houston got the second half kick-off. The Texans drove to the Kansas City 40 before the 11 play drive stalled and punter Shane Lechler pinned the Chiefs at their own six yard line.
Alex Smith, the 2005 number one overall pick marched the Chiefs offense 94 yards capping an 11 play drive with a nine yard toss to wide receiver Chris Conley. The rookie from Georgia’s only catch of the game came four plays after subbing in for the injured Jeremy Maclin to extend the Kansas City lead to 20-0.
A fourth quarter touchdown run by Spence Ware and a 33 yard field goal by Santos with 3:59 left closed out the scoring.
The deja vu win for the Chiefs came 22 seasons after former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana led Kansas City to a win over the Oilers. The 30-0 win was led by Smith, also an ex-49er quarterback. In his third season at Kansas City and his second playoff trip with the Chiefs, Smith 17 of 22 for 190 yards and one score.
Kansas City with an NFL best 11 game winning streak travels to Gillette Stadium for a Saturday afternoon divisional round game with the New England Patriots. Kick-off is set for 4:35p.m. ET.
Houston’s season ended at 9-8.