The Houston Texans stormed into Arrowhead Field and took a commanding 21-0 lead. It was an unbelievable display of football, they were dominating in all stages of the game. They were forcing pressure on Patrick Mahomes, forcing drops from Chiefs receivers, blocking punts and driving down the field at will behind the arm of Deshaun Watson. The Texans were on the move again and then the momentum began to shift and that was the beginning of the end to the Texans season. It was 4th and 1 inside the Chiefs territory, instead of going for it Bill O’Brien decided to kick the field goal, the kick was good and the Texans were up 24-0. Something felt weird, another yard felt like it could have permanently deflated the Chiefs and a TD at that stage in the game might have ended the game, the field goal made 24-0 seem somehow manageable.
The Chiefs would drive down the field in what felt like seconds to make it 24-7 and when the Texans got the ball back they were forced to line up for a punt on their own side of the field. Bill O’Brien then helped feed the mantra that he is a poor in-game decision maker. The Texans faked the punt with a direct snap and Daniel Sorensen, who was all over the field today made an open-field tackle and the crowd at Arrowhead erupted. From that moment, it was all Chiefs, they scored 28 points in the second quarter, every time you looked up it was Mahomes to Kelce. The first half ended with the Chiefs leading 28-24. The second half was more of the same and the Chiefs dominated, they went on to win 51-31 and advanced to their second straight AFC Championship.
I love Andy Reid so this might be a little biased but his ability to make adjustments on the fly and especially between halves is what won the game today for Kansas City. While O’Brien looked like a deer in the headlights when the game was falling apart, Reid stayed strong and had confidence in his team, chipping away at what seemed to be an unsurmountable lead. Chiefs Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, who won Super Bowl 42 with the Giants was able to make adjustments that led to Mahomes getting pressured up the middle and at times, receivers were blanketed by Chiefs defenders. A great job all around by the Chiefs coaching staff.
Bill O’Brien potentially stinks, he might be fine with the X’s and O’s but the decisions that a Head Coach has to make throughout the game, he just seems to make the wrong choice, time and time again. He could be holding this Texans team back and I think they are too talented to have back breaking performances like this.
I am pumped for the AFC Championship though, I love both of these teams. Chiefs and Titans are both led by extremely likable head Coaches in Reid and Vrabel. The Titans haven’t been to the Super Bowl since Kevin Dyson got stopped short of the goal line and Jeff Fisher was wearing an electric sweater vest, the franchises only appearance in the big game. The Chiefs have not been to the Super Bowl since 1969 when they won Super Bowl IV.
I think this Chiefs team is going to the Super Bowl. They have so much fire power and are never out of any game. I’d love to see Andy Reid in Miami all week soaking up the sun, wearing his Hawaiian shirts and cargos to practice. That’s what we deserve as NFL fans. Arrowhead will be rocking next Sunday afternoon. Should be an electric atmosphere. Can’t wait.