The Houston Texans fought all season long for their position in the AFC Wild Card showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. But it appeared as though the Texans deteriorated greatly since their last game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as they suffered hugely at the hands of the Chiefs, with a blowout 30-0 loss in Houston.
But why did the Texans enter such a sudden funk? They’re undeniably a talented team, as they overcame insurmountable odds after starting the regular season at 2-5 only to end up with a 9-7 record, and passage to playoffs for the first since 2012. Regardless of their regular season efforts however, the Chiefs managed to run circles around the Texans, effectively ending the Texans’ further progression into postseason.
Problem number one resides with Texans’ infamous defensive end JJ Watt, who suffered from an injured groin that not only hindered his explosive talent, but also forced his presence on the sidelines rather than on the field attacking the mobile Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith.
Incidentally, Watt left the field at the ten-minute mark and never returned.
Without Watt to pressure him, Smith accumulated 190 yards in 17 completions for one touchdown and one interception.
And while having Watt entirely healthy could have hugely helped to shut down Smith and the Chiefs, the actual problem with the Texans was quarterback Brian Hoyer, who threw four interceptions, zero touchdowns, and only managed 134 yards in four quarters.
As the clock expired to zero, the Texans’ postseason expired with it. As a result of their win, the Chiefs will advance to take on either the Denver Broncos or the New England Patriots next week, in the Divisional Round of the 2015 playoffs.