For Pete's Sake

How the crazy final hour unfolded in the race for the last AFC wild-card spot

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith made a touchdown catch between a pair of Cleveland Browns cornerbacks.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith made a touchdown catch between a pair of Cleveland Browns cornerbacks. The Associated Press

The three-horse race for the final playoff spot was a wild and crazy affair for a little more than an hour on Sunday.

The Chiefs needed to win Sunday and have Houston and Baltimore lose.

While the Chiefs were leading 19-7 against the Chargers in the third quarter of their game, Houston led Jacksonville and the Ravens were tied with Cleveland.

But at 2:02 p.m., the Browns scored a touchdown at Baltimore and took a 10-3 lead.

At 2:13 p.m., the Jaguars used a flea-flicker and scored at Houston. That was good news for the Chiefs:

At 2:24 p.m., the Texans went back ahead:

At 2:30 p.m., the Ravens kicked a field goal:

While the Chiefs were stuffing the Chargers near the goal line, Baltimore went ahead:

At 2:45 p.m., the Texans got a safety from MVP-candidate J.J. Watt:

Just about the time the Chiefs were again stopped a Chargers’ attack, Baltimore scored again:

At 3:07 p.m., the end came for the Chiefs:

Baltimore had a special message for the Chiefs:

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