The Kansas City Chiefs have won a playoff game for the first time since 1994 to end a 22-year and eight-game postseason drought.
The Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans, 30-0, from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Saturday afternoon to advance to the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs.
"I didn't feel it, but I know how important it is too," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of whether or not he felt the pressure of the 22-year playoff win drought. "You get to the playoffs in that first round, if things don't go well that rips your heart out a little bit. I got it, I understand. I've been on both sides of that, here I've been on both sides of that, that first year. I'm happy for the Hunt family and the fans of Kansas City. They're unbelievable."
Travis Kelce led the way for the Chiefs with 8 receptions for 128 yards receiving while the Kansas City defense forced five Houston turnovers to post the first NFL playoff shutout since 2005.
Knile Davis started the NFL playoffs with a bang when he returned the opening kickoff for 106 yards and a touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 7-0 lead just 11 seconds into the game. It was the second longest kickoff return in NFL playoff history.
Cairo Santos added two 49-yard field goals to extend the Chiefs lead to 13-0 in the second quarter.
The Texans had first-and-goal at the Kansas City 2-yard line late in the second quarter, but they could not score against the Chiefs defense. On first down, J.J. Watt, brought in as a running back for the offense, was stuffed at the line. On second down, quarterback Brian Hoyer threw an interception into the hands of linebacker Josh Mauga.
Safety Eric Berry and cornerback Marcus Peters also each had an interception in the first half.
Defensive lineman Allen Bailey had 2 sacks and Jaye Howard also had a sack in the game. Bailey's first sack caused a fumble that Dontari Poe recovered.
The Chiefs received some sobering news when WR Jeremy Maclin left the game with a knee injury during their first drive of the third quarter.
"Jeremy Maclin strained his knee so he'll have an MRI [Sunday]," Reid said. "We'll just see where he's at with that."
With Maclin out, rookie Chris Conley entered the game, and on his first catch of the game, he scored a 9-yard touchdown to make it 20-0 Chiefs late in the third quarter.
"Chris has just stayed ready," Smith said. "He works hard. He stays after every day at practice just working, staying ready. He's that kind of guy, and we've got the kind of coaches that don't blink either. They don't care. Chris – we haven't really repped that full speed with him in there. Those are all Jeremy's looks, so for him to come in and not even blink and make the catch like he did, it says a lot about the entire group."
On the next possession, the Texans punted, and running back Spencer Ware started the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown for a 27-0 Chiefs lead.
CB Sean Smith sealed the game for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter with the team's 4th interception of the day.
Alex Smith finished 17 of 22 for 190 yards passing for 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
The Chiefs will play again next Saturday in the NFL's divisional round against No. 2-seeded New England Patriots. The game is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. CT on CBS.
Photos from Chiefs Wild Card matchup against the Texans