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Texans, Chiefs combine for record-setting first half of football

The first and second quarters were vastly different, but add them together and you've got a record.

The Texans and Chiefs set a postseason record for combined points in the first half on Sunday when the Chiefs rallied from a 24-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room. 

The 52 points eclipsed the 49 set by the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round on Jan. 16, 2010. 

It fell just short of 56 points for any half, set by the Cardinals and Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round a week earlier.


Houston started with an opening drive touchdown, which is something that Deshaun Watson hadn’t led all season….until Sunday.  Watson led Houston to the opening score when he hit Kenny Stills with a 54-yard bomb to give Houston a 7-0 lead.

And then another rarity for Houston gave the Texans a 14-0 lead.  After the Texans stopped Kansas City on their first possession, Barkevious Mingo blocked the Chiefs punt and Lonnie Johnson picked it up and returned it for another touchdown.  It’s something the Texans hadn’t done since 2014, according to CBS Sports.

And if that wasn’t enough, once the Texans were stopped and punted, the Chiefs fumbled and Houston recovered.  Watson then hit Darren Fells to make it a 21-0 lead.

The Texans scored more points in the first quarter today against Kansas City than they have in any regular or postseason game.

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