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Watch Knile Davis’ 106-yard kickoff return, one of many Chiefs playoff records set Saturday

Chiefs running back Knile Davis returned the opening kickoff of an AFC Wild Card victory over the Texans 106 yards for a touchdown Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Chiefs running back Knile Davis returned the opening kickoff of an AFC Wild Card victory over the Texans 106 yards for a touchdown Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston. deulitt@kcstar.com

The Chiefs’ 30-0 AFC Wild Card playoff victory Saturday at Houston was a record-breaker from the start, when Knile Davis scored on the opening kickoff.

Spencer Ware, Anthony Sherman and Demetrius Harris provided kick blocks to spring Davis, who knew there wasn’t a penalty on the play because he heard the silence of the fans at NRG Stadium.

“I didn’t hear the crowd,” Davis said. “The crowd will just let you know.”

The game ended with the first postseason shutout in franchise history and the largest Chiefs margin of victory in a playoff game.

Here’s a look at the individual superlatives:

Longest kickoff return

Davis returned the opening kickoff 106 yards, the longest kickoff return in an AFC Wild Card game and second in NFL postseason history to the 108-yard return by Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones in Super Bowl XLVII.

Davis’ return toppled the previous Chiefs postseason record held by Dante Hall, who scored on a 92-yard return against the Colts in a 2003 AFC Divisional playoff.

Player, yards

Result

Round

Knile Davis, 106*

Chiefs 30, at Houston Texans 0

2015 AFC Wild Card

Dante Hall, 92*

Indianapolis Colts 38, at Chiefs 31

2003 AFC Divisional

Ed Podolak, 78

Miami Dolphins 27, at Chiefs 24 (2OT)

1971 AFC Divisional

Dante Hall, 46

Indianapolis Colts 38, at Chiefs 31

2003 AFC Divisional

Dexter McCluster, 36

Baltimore Ravens 30, at Chiefs 7

2010 AFC Wild Card

*touchdown

Longest field goal

Cairo Santos kicked the longest Chiefs field goal in postseason game, 49 yards, surpassing Jan Stenerud’s 48-yard field goal in Super Bowl IV. Santos also made another from 49 yards and added a 33-yarder, tying the franchise record for most field goals in a playoff game with three, joining Stenerud, in the Super Bowl IV win, Nick Lowery, in a 1990 Wild Card loss at Miami, and Ryan Succop, in a 2013 Wild Card loss at Indianapolis.

Santos’ seven touchbacks in seven kickoffs also set a Chiefs record for a postseason game.

Alex Smith

Smith completed 17 of 22 passes for a .770 percentage, a Chiefs record in a postseason game. The previous high was .703 by Joe Montana in his final game, a 37-26 loss in a 1994 Wild Card game.

Also, Smith set a NFL postseason record Saturday. With no interceptions in his first five pass attempts, Smith extended his streak without an interception to 119 and passing the record held by Jeff Hostetler, who threw 115 passes without an interception during 1991-94.

The defense

The Chiefs intercepted four passes, tying a franchise record for a regulation postseason game. It was the fourth time the Chiefs recorded four interceptions in a postseason game:

No.

Result

Round

5

Chiefs 20, at Houston Oilers 17 (2OT)

1962 AFL Championship

4

Chiefs 17, at Oakland Raiders 7

1969 AFL Championship

4

At Chiefs 10, LA Raiders 6

1991 AFC Wild Card

4

Chiefs 30, at Houston Texans 0

2015 AFC Wild Card

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