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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) celebrates his interception against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tony Gutierrez
Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2016

The Kansas City Chiefs dominated from the opening kickoff until the final whistle, defeating the Houston Texans 30-0 in the first playoff win for the franchise since 1994.

Knile Davis ran the first kickoff back 106 yards for a touchdown, and the Texans were never able to recover. The Chiefs' smothering defense completed a shutout thanks to five Brian Hoyer turnovers, including four interceptions. He finished the day 15-of-34 passing for 136 yards in an awful game from start to finish.

The Chiefs offense had much more success behind the play of tight end Travis Kelce, who had 128 receiving yards on eight catches. Alex Smith totaled 190 passing yards in the win with one touchdown pass to Chris Conley. Spencer Ware had 67 of the team's 141 rushing yards against a tough Texans defensive front.

Jeremy Maclin went down with a knee injury in the second half, and his status remains a question mark going forward, but Kansas City has shown it can win without him and will take an 11-game winning streak into next weekend against either the Denver Broncos or New England Patriots.

Houston had a few quality individual performances from Alfred Blue (99 rushing yards on 17 carries) and Whitney Mercilus (three sacks), but it was overall a day to forget for the AFC South champions, who have a lot of questions heading into next season.

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