Nearly 22 years the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have a victory in the playoffs. But this team has a different mindset on closing games out, which they did.
The Chiefs blew out the Houston Texans 30-0 on five turnovers, an efficient offense and special teams starting out fast with a return touchdown. They were very confident on making sure they didn’t blow the lead against the Texans, when they did it a few years ago against the Colts.
“What happened to us a couple years ago, everybody remembers that even the coaches included, so our entire mentality is about finishing,” quarterback Alex Smith said according to ESPN. “The mentality doesn’t change.”
But it wasn’t like they were facing an elite quarterback. They faced a Texans team who has arguably the best defensive player in J.J. Watt with a good defense and no Jadeveon Clowney. The only downside is playing four quarterbacks throughout the season and putting in Brian Hoyer, who is nothing more than a backup on any football roster.
Hoyer had the worst game of his career throwing four interceptions, making a bad decision after another. The fans even booed him when he came off the field. The offense overall had receivers drop passes, but it always falls on the play of the quarterback.
“I made some bad decisions that really hurt the team,” Hoyer said according to ESPN.
The Chiefs on the other hand played a good game. Offensively they ran the ball well and made big plays with Smith’s arm. Defensively they made the Texans have no rhythm at all, which cost them their chance of winning at home.
Chiefs go on to Gillette stadium, facing a banged up New England Patriots team Saturday at 4:35 on CBS.