The road to Super Bowl 54 might run through Chiefs Kingdom.
The Chiefs are one win away from hosting the AFC Championship game, and they’ll have home-field advantage to take care of it, facing the Texans in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas City overcame a lot during the 2019 season; Patrick Mahomes’ magic knee helped skirt past a major injury, Tyreek Hill dodged a season-ending injury, the defense was poor — but KC is peaking at the right time, and that could mean wonders for Andy Reid and the rest of the franchise, looking for their first title win in 50 years.
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But take nothing away from the Texans, who pulled off a gritty, gutsy win over the Bills in the wild-card round, eking out the 22-19 overtime W. This week, they should have an unrestricted J.J. Watt, whose return to the Houston D-line was limited by a pitch count.
Whoever wins faces the Titans, who are currently making a Cinderfella run through the playoffs. The Titans knocked off the 12-win Patriots and the 14-win Ravens during their semi-miraculous playoff run, and could play the role of giant-killer once again en route to the Super Bowl.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Chiefs vs. Texans in the NFL divisional round playoff game. Follow along below.
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Chiefs vs. Texans live updates, highlights from AFC divisional playoff game
6:08 p.m.: The clock is ticking, seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Houston down 20. This game is over.
6:02 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Butker puts a kick through the uprights to extend the KC lead to 20. 51-31 Chiefs, midway through the fourth.
5:57 p.m.: And the Texans turnover on downs after another Watson pass was nearly intercepted.
5:54 p.m.: Tyrann Mathieu drops an easy interception in the end zone. Big oof.
5:47 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Another quick-strike drive here and Mahomes finds Blake Bell for a touchdown. KC answers and extends their lead back to 17.
5:38 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Watson goes airborn for a touchdown. Texans pull within 10. 41-31 Chiefs.
5:37 p.m.: A Watson 39-yard pass to Fuller and it’s first-and-goal at the 5-yard line.
5:34 p.m.: Texans down 17, they need to come away with points on this drive, with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in the game.
5:27 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Williams with his second touchdown of the day. Right up the gut for six. Chiefs are firing on all cylinders.
5:24 p.m.: First-and-goal for the Chiefs now. Just under six minutes left in the quarter.
5:17 p.m.: Frank Clark with a big sack on third down to kill the Texans drive.
5:15 p.m.: Travis Kelce has a hamstring injury and is questionable to return. Could loom large in this game.
5:08 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Damien Williams with a two-yard rush. Kansas City is up 34-24 after Butker misses the kick.
5:06 p.m.: Mahomes rushes to the 10-yard line.
5:03 p.m.: And we’re back and the Chiefs have a quick first down. DeAndre Hopkins apparently suffered a rib injury at the end of the first half, but is jogging back out now.
4:48 END OF SECOND QUARTER: Unbelievable. Fairbairn misses the kick at the end of the half, and the Chiefs get the ball coming out of the break. A 28-point second quarter for KC is the stuff of legends.
4:46 p.m.: Watson to Hopkins for 38-yards and 19 seconds left in the half. A few yards outside of field goal distance.
4:39 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Mahomes scrambles left and dumps it off to Kelce for the touchdown. Kansas City comes all the way back to take the lead. This is unbelievable. Chiefs up 28-24 with 44 seconds left in the half.
4:36 p.m.: Kelce can’t be guarded right now. Chiefs on the 19-yard line and Mahomes scrambles for another 15 yards.
4:32 p.m.: Chiefs are driving and have life. Mahomes just scrambled for 30-plus and they’re now inside Texans territory, down three points at the two-minute warning.
4:26 p.m.: Houston driving now and just entered Kansas City territory. Just over four minutes left in the half.
4:21 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Mahomes finds Kelce again on a rollout, and KC is down just three points now. This is unbelievable to watch.
4:19 p.m.: This game is officially drunk. Houston’s DeAndre Carter fumbles on the kickoff and the Chiefs are in prime scoring position again, on the 6-yard line.
4:15 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Mahomes finds Kelce, who just ekes it past the goal line for six. Here come the Chiefs. 24-14.
4:11 p.m.: Houston tried faking the punt and KC stops it. Kansas City takes over in Texans territory.
4:04 p.m. KANSAS CITY SCORING PLAY: Touchdoooooooown Kan-sas City! Damien Williams grabs a TD and the Chiefs get on the board. 24-7 in the second.
4:03 p.m.: Mecole Hardman with a big-time return and Travis Kelce with a catch and he is trying to get this team pumped up. Chiefs inside the red zone.
3:58 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Fairbairn kicks a 31-yarder and the Texans take a 24-point lead early in the second.
3:54 p.m.: Credit to Houston right now, who can do no wrong: they’re moving the ball and playing ferocious defense. Knocking on the door of another score.
3:48 p.m. END OF FIRST QUARTER: Well, that was quite a start. Texans are up 21-0, which is what everyone saw coming, right?
3:48 p.m.: This has been a miserable first quarter for the Chiefs. Dropped passes, miscues and just sloppy play. Still plenty of game left, but KC needs to get something done quick.
3:38 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Watson finds Darrin Fells for a touchdown over the middle. Texans up 21-0, still some time left in the first quarter.
3:36 p.m.: Tyreek Hill was back for the punt return — and he muffs the punt. Houston gets the ball back at the 5-yard line. Just surreal.
3:27 p.m.: Chiefs punt the ball away after a decent looking drive. Mahomes and the offense victimized by another bad drop that would have had the first down.
3:22 p.m.: Chiefs get another shot here, with 10:01 left in the first quarter. Not the start Kansas City wanted but plenty of time left in this one.
3:18 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Holy cow. The Texans block a punt and bring it back for a touchdown. Texans up 14-0 early. Stunning.
3:12 p.m. HOUSTON SCORING PLAY: Watson hits Kenny Stills for a 54-yard touchdown reception on a third-and-1. Stills was wide, wide, wide open. Blown assignment led to the easy throw and catch. Houston up 7-0 early.
3:10 p.m.: Injury timeout, as Texans right guard Chris Clark is struggling to get to his feet. Took a few steps and went right back down. Not a great start.
3:08 p.m.: Needless to say, Arrowhead Stadium is loud, and the Chiefs’ defense is amped up. Flying around early in this one.
3:01 p.m.: We are just a few minutes away from kickoff. One team will walk out a game closer to the Super Bowl, another will just walk out of here.