LOS ANGELES: Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, two of the NFL’s top-rated quarterbacks, moved closer to a potential Super Bowl clash with home playoff victories on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
Mahomes threw for five touchdowns as the Chiefs overturned a 24-point deficit to defeat the Houston Texans 51-31 in a thrilling postseason duel.
Mahomes finished with 321 passing yards from 23 of 35 attempts at Arrowhead Stadium to send the Chiefs into a home AFC Championship showdown against the Tennessee Titans next weekend for a place in the Super Bowl.
Rodgers completed 16-of-27 passes for 243 yards and Davante Adams made eight catches for a club playoff record 160 yards as the Packers pulled out a 28-23 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers will travel to California to battle the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday in the NFC Championship.
The 49ers walloped the Packers 37-8 at home on November 24.
Next Sunday’s winners will meet in next month’s Super Bowl 54 at Miami.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said his team had not taken anything for granted after racing to an early 24-0 lead.
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, meanwhile, finished with 388 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort.
Packers hang on at home
At Green Bay, Aaron Jones ran 21 times for 62 yards, including two one-yard touchdowns and the Packers took a 21-3 half-time lead then held on in the fourth quarter.
Russell Wilson led the fifth-seeded Seahawks against the Packers in both rushing and passing. Wilson was 21 of 31 for 277 yards and a touchdown and added 64 yards on seven carries.