The Chiefs and Texans both lost a key player on the same play Saturday during the Chiefs’ 30-0 AFC wild-card win at Houston.
J.J. Watt injured his groin trying to beat the block of Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher. Alex Smith completed a seven-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin on the play, and Maclin went down with a knee injury.
Neither player returned to the game, and Maclin might not return for the playoffs.
Maclin was in tears on the sideline after suffering the injury to his right knee. He tore the ACL in that knee before the 2013 season. He caught a career-high 87 passes this year, including eight touchdowns.
Jeremy Maclin is getting evaluated after a big hit to his right knee. He was in tears on the sideline. pic.twitter.com/C6JQVwOo9L
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 9, 2016
The Chiefs already were ahead 13-0 when Maclin was injured in the third quarter and made it 20-0 when Chris Conley caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Smith. If Maclin is out for the playoffs, the Chiefs will feel his absence a lot more at New England or Denver next week. They didn’t face a playoff team in any of their last seven regular-season games, and the Texans barely belonged in the playoffs.
2014 Chiefs: 0 TD from wide receivers 2015 Chiefs: 12 TD from wide receivers (8 from Jeremy Maclin)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 9, 2016
As for Watt, he has the whole offseason to heal.