Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then watched San Francisco's defense and running game take over from there in the 49ers' 27-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round Saturday.
So far, we have picked 264 games this season with rather pleasing results. The No. 1-seed, led by MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson, was defeated 28-12 on Saturday night.
In the week 10 confrontation between Tennessee and Kansas City, the Titans were victorious thanks to a field goal block in the final seconds that sealed a 35-32 win at Nissan Stadium. Only one other team has gone to a conference championship game after at least four consecutive 10-plus-loss seasons.
The Chiefs have opened as a 7.5-point favorite for the AFC Championship, according to FanDuel.com.
This regular season, Mahomes completed 65.9 percent of his passes (319-484) for 4,031 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 14 games played.
Every morning following a Kansas City Chiefs win or loss, a few of our writers here at Chiefs Wire will provide their post-game thoughts and quips.
The Chiefs are 0-3 against the Titans during Henry's career, and this is the most consistent version of the bludgeoning back.
The Texans extended their three-touchdown lead to 24 points after Fairbairn kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
" Mahomes is the first player in National Football League history to throw five pass TDs in a playoff game before his 25th birthday". Deshaun Watson rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter after which gave the Texans the lead with a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. "That's the biggest thing you saw here today was we've just got to find a way no matter what".
San Francisco didn't allow Minnesota to gain a first down for more than 27 minutes of game action starting late in the second quarter. They rallied, however, and now get to play the Tennessee Titans next weekend.
No. 6 seed Tennessee (11-7) won its second straight road playoff game with a similar approach: feed Derrick Henry.
Cousins finished 21 for 29 for 172 yards with his only big play coming on a 41-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs in the first quarter.
Despite allowing Lamar Jackson to throw for 365 yards and run for another 143, the Titans' defense made life hard for the MVP favorite in his second career playoff game, sacking him four times while forcing three turnovers, two of which led to touchdowns for Tennessee.