Chiefs’ rally is a sight to behold
I watch a lot of football. I mean, I watch a LOT of football.
Before Sunday, the most amazing thing I had ever witnessed on a football field was a 1994 NAIA playoff game between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Western Montana.
Western Montana led 46-45 and had the ball with a little more than a minute remaining. UAPB was out of timeouts and had no way to stop the clock. Instead, UAPB chose to let Western Montana score a touchdown for a 53-45 lead. The Golden Lions got the ball back, completed a long touchdown pass, got the two point-conversion to force overtime and went on to win 60-53.
I was standing about eight feet from the corner of the end zone where a UAPB receiver caught the game-tying two-point conversion.
Even that, though, paled in comparison to what happened Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Chiefs, a 10-point favorite over the Houston Texans in an AFC divisional playoff game, fell behind 24-0 early in the second quarter. The Chiefs have one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but 24-0 is a lot to overcome.
Most of the time, that is.
On Sunday, the Chiefs made that little 24-0 deficit look like less than nothing. Sparked by a big kickoff return and helped along by a boneheaded gamble by the Texans on a fake punt, Kansas City came roaring back with four touchdowns in the final 10 minutes of the second quarter to take a 28-24 lead by halftime.
The Chiefs added three more touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half to extend their lead to 48-24. Altogether, Kansas City scored touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions.
There were a lot of footnotes from such a crazy game, but the biggest was this: The Chiefs became the first team ever to win by 20 points or more after trailing by 20 points or more in NFL postseason history.
I watched the game from the comfort of my trusty recliner, and I’m still shaking my head about it. I said before the weekend started that I expected three lopsided games and one close one — Seattle at Green Bay. That turned out to be correct, but not the way I expected it. Led by running back Derrick Henry, the underdog Tennessee Titans beat the brakes off Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. The San Francisco 49ers handled the Minnesota Vikings without much fuss, and the Packers were five points better than the Seahawks. As surprising as the Titans’ upset was, even that doesn’t compare to what the Chiefs did.
Going forward, I expect the Chiefs to demolish the Titans and the 49ers to barely slip past the Packers. That will set up a Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl, and it should all end in a big celebration in Chiefs Kingdom.