Chiefs join 49ers, Titans in National Football League championship round

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt runs around the edge during in an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday Jan. 4 2020 in Houston. Houston won 22-19 in overtime

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Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers romped past Minnesota 27-10 with a balanced performance, setting a franchise playoff record by allowing only 147 yards to the Vikings.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a record-tying four touchdowns in the second quarter as the Kansas City Chiefs roared back from a 24-0 deficit and defeated the Houston Texans 51-31 in the National Football League playoffs on Sunday. The Titans also beat the Chiefs in a 2017 wild-card game.

The sixth-seeded Titans, who are positively the shock crew of the postseason, punched their designate to the AFC title sport when they upset the Ravens 28-12 on Saturday night in Baltimore.

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. The Monday morning odds listed at Caesars Sportsbook have Kansas City as the favorites to hoist the trophy for the first time since 1970, after their come-from-behind 51-31 beatdown of the Houston Texans on Sunday.

In that game, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds remaining, and the home team sealed the victory with Joshua Kalu blocking Kansas City's last-second field goal attempt. Watson scored on a five-yard touchdown run with 0:24 left in the third quarter to cap off a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive. The win over Houston on Sunday was the Chiefs' seventh consecutive victory.

The Houston Texans waltzed out to a 21-0 lead over the Chiefs.

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Tennessee and Kansas City will meet on Sunday, January 19 at 2:05 PM. Mahomes threw a pass to Kelce for a 25-yard gain.

Said Mahomes of the Titans: "The biggest thing is they believe and they're going to fight until the end just like we are". Two turnovers also hurt Minnesota, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and two scores. It'll let you know how we're all feeling about the Chiefs after covering them on gameday.

"Our defense just kept getting us the ball back".

No. 6 seed Tennessee (11-7) won its second straight road playoff game with a similar approach: feed Derrick Henry.

But Damien Williams scored the first of his three touchdowns five minutes into the second quarter to spark a Chiefs resurgence, with Mahomes finishing with five touchdown passes, 321 passing and 56 rushing yards.

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