— After 22 years without a playoff victory, the
The Chiefs had enough points to win after jumping ahead 7-0 in the first 11 seconds, and they used relentless pressure, five turnovers and a ball-control offense to dominate the
They were especially cognizant of not letting up after blowing a 28-point lead in a loss to the
"What happened to us a couple years ago, everybody remembers that, even the coaches included, so our entire mentality is about finishing," quarterback
They finished off the Texans early, and they had the hometown fans booing by the second quarter. Texans quarterback
The Chiefs extended their NFL-best winning streak to 11 games and will face Denver or New England next week.
"We wanted to come in and dominate," Chiefs safety
On the opening kickoff, Knile Davis got three good blocks around the 10-yard line and then outran the rest of the defenders for a 106-yard return, the second-longest kickoff-return touchdown in postseason history.
"It was a huge deal, man. It set the tempo," Davis said. "It quieted everybody, kind of made everybody relax."
The defense took over after that, forcing Hoyer into a fumble and a three of his career-high four interceptions before halftime to help the Chiefs (12-5) take a 13-0 lead.
"I made some bad decisions that really hurt the team," Hoyer said.
Houston Coach Bill O'Brien said he never considered benching Hoyer, but backup
"We had talked about me going in there with Brian," Weeden said. "Brian wanted to finish the thing out. I don't blame him."
Smith threw a touchdown pass late in the third to cap a 94-year drive, and Spencer Ware added a five-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 27-0.
Travis Kelce, who also had more than 100 yards receiving in the first meeting with the Texans this year, had another big day, finishing with eight receptions for 128 yards.
The victory breaks a streak of eight consecutive playoff losses by the Chiefs and is their first postseason win since beating the Oilers in Houston on Jan. 16, 1994. That team was led by Joe Montana and Marcus Allen.