- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

KANSAS CITY (11-5) at HOUSTON (9-7)

Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC

OPENING LINE - Chiefs by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chiefs 8-8, Texans 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Chiefs lead 4-3

LAST MEETING - Chiefs beat Texans 27-20, Sept. 13, 2015

LAST WEEK - Chiefs beat Raiders 23-17; Texans beat Jaguars 30-6

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chiefs No. 3, Texans No. 12





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chiefs look for first playoff win since 1994. They have won franchise-record 10 straight games, longest current streak in NFL. … QB Alex Smith has thrown for 873 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions in three career playoff games. … Smith is 3-0 against Texans as starter. … WR Jeremy Maclin set franchise record with career-high 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. … TE Travis Kelce had career-high 72 catches to join Tony Gonzalez as only Kansas City tight ends with 70 or more receptions in single season. Kelce had six receptions for season-high 102 yards with two touchdowns in first meeting with Houston. … Rookie CB Marcus Peters tied for first in NFL with eight interceptions and had two interception returns for touchdowns. Peters led NFL with franchise-record 280 interception return yards. … LB Justin Houston has 22 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions in his last 21 games. He is expected to return on Saturday after missing last five games with knee injury. … LB Tamba Hali had 6 1/2 sacks to give him 86 in career, ranking second in franchise history. … Houston won AFC South for third time and first since 2012. … Saturday will be third playoff appearance in franchise history. Texans are 2-0 at home in postseason. … QB Brian Hoyer, who threw for a career-high 19 TDs in 2015, will make playoff debut. … RB Alfred Blue leads Texans with career-high 698 yards rushing. … WR Nate Washington had 47 catches for 658 yards and four TDs in first season in Houston. … DE J.J. Watt led NFL with 17 1/2 sacks. … LB Whitney Mercilus had career-high 12 sacks to make Houston only team with two players with at least 12 sacks. … LB Brian Cushing led team with 110 tackles. … S Andre Hal led Texans with career-high four interceptions. … LB Jadeveon Clowney, who should play after missing last week’s game with foot injury, has 2 1/2 sacks in last three home games. … Fantasy Tip: Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins could be good play after having 12 receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns in two career meetings against Kansas City.


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