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What’s the biggest blown lead in NFL playoff history?

Sorry, Houston sports fans.
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Buffalo Bills kicker Steve Christie, left, and quarterback Frank Reich celebrates Christie's first-quarter field goal against the Houston Oilers on Sunday, Jan. 4, 1993 at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park. Reich engineered the greatest comeback in NFL history and Christie kicked the winning field goal in overtime to beat the Oilers 41-38.

Sorry, Houston sports fans, you’re not gonna like this.

After the Houston Texans blew a 24-point lead to the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC divisional round 51-31 loss, we got to thinking: What’s the biggest blown lead in NFL postseason history?

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (26) scores a touchdown ahead of Houston Texans linebacker Jacob Martin (54) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.

The Chiefs led the Indianapolis Colts, 31-10, at halftime in the 2014 AFC wild card. They lost 45-44.

Twenty-one points—that's not it.

There was the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI in 2017, who blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots and lost 34-28 in overtime. 

Twenty-five points—nope.

It’s the 1993 Houston Oilers who hold the title.

Houston was dominating the Buffalo Bills in the AFC wild card, 35-3, in the third quarter. Then the Bills mounted a historic comeback and won 41-38 in overtime.

Credit: AP Photo/John Hickey, File
At left, in a Jan. 3, 1993, file photo, Buffalo Bills cornerback Nate Odoms gets a lift from teammate Henry Jones after intercepting a pass by Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers during an overtime period of an AFC wild-card game to set up Steve Christie's game winning field goal, in Orchard Park, N.Y. At right, Bills kicker Steve Christie, right, celebrates his game-winning field goal with quarterback Frank Reich. The Bills, down 32 points, beat the Oilers 41-38.

The game was dubbed “The Comeback.”

The Texans jumped to a 24-0 first-quarter lead against the Chiefs on Sunday before Kansas City scored 41 unanswered points.

Kansas City became one of three teams to trail by 20-plus points and go on to win by 20-plus points in the same game, according to CBS Sports.

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