KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Good play and good fortune helped the Cleveland Browns out to an unprecedented 28-0 first quarter lead Sunday night in their Super Wild Card Round game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It felt familiar to Chiefs fans who remember their team trailing 24-0 early on last season in the NFL playoffs against the Houston Texans.
The only difference is the mortal Steelers couldn't complete a comeback, while Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs had wiped away that deficit by halftime.
"I'm proud of what our guys did last year in coming back," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.
The Chiefs comeback came in the AFC Divisional Round. The Browns now come in to Arrowhead at the same stage in the playoffs.
Reid said he knows what it feels like to be down by that many points that early in the game.
"I know the feeling," Reid said. "I don't want that feeling, but I can say we know that feeling."
The Chiefs knew the feeling throughout last postseason. They trailed all three postseason games they played by double digits and came back to win all three games by double digits.
Reid knows both sides of it, actually. The 24-point comeback against the Texans ranks as the fourth-biggest comeback in NFL postseason history. Meanwhile, the Colts' 28-point comeback against the Chiefs in 2014 ranks as the second-biggest comeback in NFL postseason history.
And the Titans' 18-point comeback against the Chiefs in 2018 also ranks in the Top 10.
"I don't want to have that feeling again," Reid said.