Mitfavorit Kansas City Chiefs has reached the playoff semi-finals of the US Football League NFL after a breathtaking chase. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ team defeated the Houston Texans 51:31 despite a 0: 24 deficit and won the favorite four of the last four on January 19 (9:05 p.m., ProSieben) with favorite scare Tennessee Titans to do. The Titans knocked out Baltimore Ravens, the best team of the regular season, on Saturday. In the first play-off round, Tennessee had defeated the New England Patriots by star quarterback Tom Brady.
At Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, the Texans were initially clearly on course for victory. In the second quarter, Houston went on again, with a field goal the team increased to 24: 0. But then a miracle happened.
Benefiting from Houston’s hair-raising mistakes, the chiefs scored three touchdowns in 3:24 minutes in the second quarter and took the lead with another touchdown before half-time. The break was suddenly 28:24 for Kansas City, which set a record: Never before has a team in NFL history led halfway after being over 20 points behind. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid called the duel a “wild game” during the break. In total, the hosts have six touchdowns in series, three by Damien Williams and three by Travis Kelce.
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Quarterback Mahomes, who is just 24 years old and is only playing his second full NFL season, said: “Our success and such a chase are based on our mentality. It is all heart and struggle. Of course we didn’t want to find ourselves in such an apparently hopeless situation. Then I said to everyone: let’s try something special. And above all, let’s create something special. Everyone had already written us off. But we just caught up from turn to turn and then continued to fire in the second half. ”For the first time in the NFL play-off history, a team won a game after falling 0:21 in the first quarter.
For Mahomes, services like this will pay off extremely in the future. He is said to be bound by a record contract, it will probably be $ 40 million a year. His current base salary is currently $ 645,000. The highest average salary in the NFL is still received by Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks at $ 35 million.
The Green Bay Packers were the last team to qualify for the semi-finals on Monday night. The team led by star quarterback Aaron Rodgers saved his lead in the 28:23 against the Seattle Seahawks and playmaker Russell Wilson. The Packers led 21: 3 at halftime after two touchdown runs from running back Aaron Jones and a trapped touchdown from Davante Adams. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose offensive remained without losing a ball, made another touchdown pass to Adams in the second half.
Seattle was making a comeback – just like five years ago when the Packers lost the NFC Championship game to Seattle 22:28 after extra time after a 16-0 half-time lead. But this time they were able to decisively stop the Seahawks offensive by quarterback Russell Wilson shortly before the end. In the end, Seattle lost for the ninth time in a row in Green Bay and has been waiting for a win at Lambeau Field since 1999. In addition to the strong Rodgers, Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams, who caught eight balls for 160 yards and two touchdowns, convinced.
In the NFC Championship Game, Green Bay is a guest of the San Francisco 49ers who beat the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday at 27:10 on the night of Sunday to Monday (0.40 a.m.CET / ProSieben). The major goal of the four semi-finalists is the 54th Super Bowl on February 2 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.