Chiefs are first team in NFL history to lead at halftime after trailing by 24 or more points
Many saw the Kansas City Chiefs’ early deficit as an insurmountable margin as the visiting No. 4 Houston Texans built a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter of their AFC Divisional Round matchup on Sunday. Nevertheless, the Chiefs scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to actually lead at halftime at Arrowhead Stadium.
According to Elia, via ESPN’s Jenna Laine, no team before the Chiefs have led at the break in either the regular season or postseason after trailing by 24 or more points.
Per Elias, the Chiefs are now the first team in NFL history (regular season or postseason) to lead at halftime after trailing by 24+ points.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) January 12, 2020
It’s an incredible feat and test of fortitude from head coach Andy Reid’s squad. The Chiefs’ blunders and miscues saw Houston take a huge lead in the first quarter. The early deficit deflated Chiefs fans in the stands.
A blocked punt recovered by the Texans in the first quarter extended Houston’s lead following their opening drive touchdown. Later in the same quarter H-Town scored on a pass from Watson to tight end Darren Fells after the Texans recovered at the goal line on a muffed punt by Kansas City.
The Texans went up as many as 24 points when the next drive saw Houston kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn knock in a field goal. However, Fairbairn and the Texans missed an opportunity to close the halftime gap to a point. That’s because Fairbairn missed a last-second missed field goal at the end of the second quarter. It gave Kansas City its unimaginable four-point lead at the break.
There’s still a lot of ballgame to play, however, at Arrowhead, with a second half sure to be wild like the Chiefs’ incredible comeback in the first thirty minutes.