What you need to know
When: Sunday, 3:05 p.m. Eastern.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
The Chiefs (12-4), who want to reach the AFC championship game for the second time in a row, earned an unexpected first-round reunion at week 17, around the same time as the New England Patriots, when they won the lottery Angeles Chargers defeated The Miami Dolphins suffered a breathtaking defeat at home. This gave Kansas City a chance to rest, while Houston (10-6 in regular time) used last week to rally what it hoped for from a 16-0 deficit to a loss to the Buffalo Bills (10:19) increase over time.
The Texan victory was the return of superstar defender J.J. Watt, who missed the second half of the regular season with a chest tear. Will Fuller V's health, who missed last week's game, may be even more important to Houston's hopes: when Fuller is on the field, Watson's pass numbers are significantly better.
A torn ACL at week 17 will cost Kansas City the services of outstanding rookie security guard Juan Thornhill, who had helped the chiefs' defense become much more effective over the past few weeks. The bosses will continue to have the playful skills of safety colleague Tyrann Mathieu, and their pass-strikers, including Terrell Suggs, will aim to punish Watson, who has been sacked seven times last week and 44 times in the regular season.
Watson showed his unusual dodge against the Bills, and he may need to conjure up all his great spells to assist Houston in a Chiefs attack in which Travis Kelce is the first tight end, 1,200 yards back-to-more Range exceeds. Back to the seasons and more than 1,000 meters in four rows and a row of fast, wide receivers, led by Tyreek Hill. The Texans who started the game in 2002 will also have to overcome history: they are 0-3 in division rounds and 0-3 in street playoff games.