The Chiefs might be the NFL's version of a family sedan. Practical. Efficient. Responsible. Occasionally boring. Still, Kansas City enters the playoffs as the NFL's hottest team, ripping off 10 straight following a 1-5 start, and the one early win was a season-opening 27-20 victory at Houston.
The Chiefs take care of the ball (they are plus-16 in turnover margin during their current run) and keep opponents out of the end zone. It's a formula as basic as coach Andy Reid's game-day demeanor, yet a style that has arguably made Kansas City the least-flawed team in an AFC where weaknesses abound.
The Texans have plenty of them. They captured the AFC South crown by being the best of a mediocre bunch. J.J. Watt did J.J. Watt things, finishing with a league-high 17 1/2 sacks while turning each celebration into a dance-off. Coach Bill O'Brien made an offense that couldn't seem to keep a quarterback healthy work anyway. The merry-go-round has come full circle, with Brian Hoyer back in control of the huddle as Houston seeks to improve to 3-0 in the wild-card round.