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Kansas City Chiefs shut out Houston in AFC Wild-Card game

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The Kansas City Chiefs are playing as if they’ll never lose again.

The Chiefs, who started the season 1-5, won their 11th straight game Saturday when they blew out the Houston Texans, 30-0, in their AFC Wild-Card game. It was coach Andy Ried’s first playoff victory in Kansas City.

Kansas City held Houston to only 226 yards of total offense and forced Texans’ quarterback Brian Hoyer into five turnovers, four of them on interceptions. Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith hit 17 of 22 passes for 190 yards.

For the Chiefs, the post-season has often been frustrating. This was finally a breakthrough victory. The Chiefs have been in the playoffs 13 times since winning Super Bowl III, but it has always ended in disappointment.

The Texans reached the playoffs despite their 9-7 record by winning the weak AFC South. But Houston struggled all season to find a quarterback, and in the end, it was their undoing.

For the Chiefs, it was their first playoff win since 1994 and ended an eight-game losing streak.

Knile Davis opened the scoring with a 106-yard kickoff return on the first play of the playoffs.

The Texans lost star defensive end J.J. Watt to injury early in the second half.

Despite the win, and the winning streak, the Chiefs will be a decided underdog next week. If Cincinnati wins, the Chiefs travel to Denver. But if the Steelers win, they instead go to New England.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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