Chiefs up 13-0 at half, Hoyer has 3 INTs
The latest from the NFL wild-card games Saturday (all times EST):
Brian Hoyer has turned into a turnover machine in his first career playoff start.
Hoyer threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on Houston’s first six possessions. The Chiefs led the Texans 13-0 at halftime.
Hoyer hadn’t thrown more than one pick in any of his nine starts this season. He had 19 TDs and seven interceptions.
The three interceptions tied Hoyer’s career-high. He did it twice with Cleveland, including in a 26-24 win at Atlanta in 2014.
Down 13-0, the Houston Texans turned to J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork on offense.
It didn’t work.
Watt lined up at quarterback, took a snap out of shotgun formation and ran behind the 325-pound Wilfork, who was an extra blocker. The Chiefs weren’t surprised and stuffed Watt for a 2-yard loss.
Brian Hoyer then threw an interception so the Texans didn’t get anything after their best drive.
Watt has three career receptions and each was a touchdown. This was his first carry.
Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is being evaluated for a concussion and has been replaced by Zach Fulton.
Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round pick in 2014, started 13 games this season. Fulton, a sixth-round pick in the same draft, started 22 games over his first two seasons.
Knile Davis got the NFL playoffs started in style.
Davis took the opening kickoff 106 yards to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead over Houston in the first AFC wild-card game Saturday.
It was second-longest return in postseason history and the fifth time the opening kick was returned for a touchdown in a playoff game. Chicago’s Devin Hester was the last to do it against Indianapolis in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2007.
Davis had a team-record 108-yard return against Denver in 2013.
The Texans won the coin toss, but deferred. Davis found a hole, cut to the outside and sprinted down the left side untouched.
The Chiefs overcame a 1-5 start and have won 10 straight games entering the playoffs. The Texans bounced back from a 2-5 start to win the AFC South.
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