If the game peaks at the end of the first half, can you have an instant classic?
In all three phases of the game, the Kansas City Chiefs did remarkable things to come back from being down 24 points in the second quarter of Sunday’s Divisional round contest against the Houston Texans. They went from trailing by three scores — which generated boos from the stands — to leading at halftime.
After that, they never looked back.
It was really two games: a miraculous 28-24 comeback in the first half, followed by a ho-hum 23-7 cover in the second.
In some ways, this game was a representative of the gap between Patrick Mahomes and the league’s other young quarterbacks. In a season where the storylines have been about Lamar Jackson’s MVP campaign and Deshaun Watson carrying his team to the playoffs, Mahomes has been playing excellent — albeit hobbled — football.
For most (if not all) of the season, the Chiefs haven’t been the front-runner. Early on, it was the New England Patriots; later the Baltimore Ravens took the lead. Until Fitzmagic happened, the Chiefs were going to be playing as a Wild Card team.
Throughout the season, injuries hampered Mahomes’ ability to do all of the things he’s uniquely capable of doing — so the 2018 NFL MVP was hiding in the shadows while people poured praise on other young quarterbacks.