The Kansas City Chiefs won an instant classic on Sunday afternoon, rallying from a 24-point deficit to defeat the Houston Texans and advance to the AFC Championship Game.
Here are some interesting notes about the victory.
1. The Chiefs put together one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history on Sunday
With 10 minutes and 54 seconds left in the second quarter, the Chiefs trailed by 24 points and had just 46 yards of total offense. About nine minutes of game time later, Kansas City was winning. It was simply incredible, and as one might expect, historic.
The 24-point comeback was the largest in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of 21 points set against the Chargers back in 2016. It was also tied for the fourth-largest comeback in postseason history and the biggest since New England's 25-point rally in Super Bowl LI.
And what makes Sunday's comeback all the more impressive is how quickly it occurred.
Prior to Sunday's game, teams were 12-127 over the last 10 seasons when trailing by 21 or more points at any point in the first half. The Chiefs erased that deficit in less than a quarter.
2. Patrick Mahomes demonstrated why he's the reigning league MVP
Mahomes was right in the middle of Kansas City's comeback, completing 23-of-35 passes for 321 yards and five touchdowns while also picking up 53 yards on the ground, marking the first performance of its kind in NFL postseason history.
Incredibly, Mahomes tossed four of those touchdowns in the second quarter alone as part of the Chiefs' relentless rally.
Additionally, the 24-year-old Mahomes is no stranger to posting a monster quarter in the postseason, as the Chiefs rallied to score 24 points in the fourth quarter of last year's AFC Championship Game. Mahomes has now led the offense to 24+ points in a single quarter in back-to-back postseason games, which is simply ridiculous.
Mahomes' five scoring strikes are also the most in a single game in franchise history.
3. Travis Kelce had one of the best games of his career
Kelce hauled in 10 catches – the most in a postseason game in franchise history - for 134 yards and three touchdowns, tallying three scores in a row during the Chiefs' second-quarter rally. It marked the first time in Kelce's brilliant career that he caught three or more touchdowns in a single game and it also tied a postseason record for receiving scores.
Here's a look at just how special Kelce's performance was:
Kelce now has 508 career postseason receiving yards, which are the most in Chiefs' history.
4. Damien Williams also found the end zone three times
A year after scoring four postseason touchdowns last January, Williams was back at it on Sunday with three trips to the end zone. His first score – a 17-yard pass from Mahomes – ignited the Chiefs' rally while his final two touchdowns built Kansas City's lead.
Interestingly enough, Williams and Kelce are only the second pair of teammates to each record 3+ touchdowns in a playoff game, joining Jerry Rice and Ricky Watters in 1995.
5. Daniel Sorensen made two of the game's biggest plays
Sorensen tackled Texans' safety Justin Reid short of the line to gain on a fake punt attempt midway through the second quarter, flipping possession back over to the Chiefs and setting up Kansas City's second touchdown. He then forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, which led to the Chiefs' third score.
The veteran played a critical role in making Sunday's comeback a reality.
6. Frank Clark was relentless
Clark recorded three sacks in the contest, tied for the fourth-most in a single game in postseason history, and an incredible 10 pressures on Texans' quarterback Deshaun Watson according to Pro Football Focus.
As a team, the Chiefs tallied five sacks, eight quarterback hits and 29 total pressures on Watson.
7. Blake Bell found the end zone for the first time this season
Mahomes found Bell for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to extend the Chiefs' lead, marking Bell's first touchdown of the season.
Bell was the third player to find the end zone in the game for Kansas City, joining Kelce and Williams.
8. In total, the Chiefs scored 51 points and found the end zone on seven-straight drives
After falling behind by 24 points, the Chiefs went out to outscore the Texans by a score of 51-7. Kansas City found the end zone on seven-straight drives between the second and fourth quarters, becoming the first team to score seven touchdowns in a playoff game since the Arizona Cardinals did so in 2010.
9. Let's not forget that Mecole Hardman's 58-yard kickoff return is what got everything started
Following a Houston field goal to make it 24-0, Hardman brought the Texans' kickoff back 58 yards deep into Houston territory to ultimately set up the Chiefs' first score of the day.
It was the fourth-longest postseason kickoff return in franchise history.
10. Kansas City will now host a second-straight AFC Championship Game
Arrowhead Stadium will host the conference title game for a second-straight year, marking the first time in franchise history that the Chiefs will compete in the game in back-to-back seasons.
Only two stadiums are still open for business in the NFL, and once again, Arrowhead is one of them.