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A Tale of Two Halves: Mahomes is Unhuman

Patrick Mahomes looked more dominant than in his MVP season on Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce celebrate after Kelce scored a second touchdown in the second quarter on a pass from Mahomes against the Houston Texans Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

After a hard fought comeback a week ago in Houston, the Texans were not able to garner the same results in Kansas City. Despite their first quarter heroics, amassing a shocking 24-point lead over the Chiefs, the Texans were unable to stop Patrick Mahomes and Co. in any facet through the next three quarters. Derrick Henry’s dominance against the Ravens may have been the most impressive individual performance of the weekend, but Patrick Mahomes looked even more dominant than in his MVP season on Sunday.

In terms of a gameplan, the Texans did about as well as you could expect. Double teaming superstars in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill on several occasions and playing strong man coverage was about all you could ask of a thin Texans’ secondary, and it just couldn’t last. As coverage began to break down through the second half, penalty flags started flying left and right against an already weak group lead by second year safety out of Stanford Justin Reid.

It seemed almost in the blink of an eye their lead was overcome and the Chiefs took back control of a game that truly proved how dominant their passing attack can be.

Despite starting slow, with crucial drops on third down ending their drives several times in a row, the Chiefs rallied behind the energy of Mahomes. It felt ironically similar to how Houston responded in the second half against the Bills, only the deficit took two halves to overcome. The Chiefs scored four touchdowns in less than eight minutes. In a game that looked completely lost for Kansas City at the end of the first quarter(whispers of a blowout, mind you), Patrick Mahomes would not be denied again in his second straight trip to the playoffs. Mahomes did have to overcome a few drops early, but his stars shone as bright as ever in the second half.

Travis Kelce was virtually uncoverable for three quarters, and Tyreek Hill found separation at the boundary on numerous occasions. Mahomes was virtually all of the Chiefs rushing attack, and with 51 points scored, apparently his legs being a threat was all they needed.

The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking for their first Super Bowl birth in fifty years in a home game next Sunday against the red hot Tennessee Titans led by star running back Derrick Henry. If the Chiefs’ defense is able to force any kind of pressure and create 1-2 turnovers against Tennessee the way they did against Houston, I just cannot see Derrick Henry carry the Titans past such a superstar-studded skill group.

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