By Cody Stoots

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) –  “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Billy. So obviously that wasn’t the best of our relationship, but here we are right where we wanted to be.”

Brian Hoyer, ahead of his first playoff game as a starter, spoke on the last time the Texans faced off against the Chiefs, a game in where he was benched for Ryan Mallett.

“Obviously, it wasn’t fun, he said. “But I think for me, I’ve always had to deal with adversity, and that was just another moment I had to deal with.”

That moment came with plenty of emotion.

“There’s a lot of anger and some feelings that you have, but for me, it just pushed me to come in and work harder and be ready for my next opportunity.”

He’s far removed from his benching. Far removed from starting the season with an interception to a rookie. Far removed from looking over his shoulder.

“For him to do that obviously meant a lot, and I think our team responded too. I think ever since then we’ve gone on a roll, and we’ve got to continue to do that.”

Hoyer takes on a Chiefs secondary that boasts two Pro Bowl players and a legitimate contender for rookie of the year in one of those players. Plus, Shaun Smith, who missed the first game, will play for Kansas City.

Then there is the defense, which Hoyer praised for the depth, not just along the edges but up the middle too.

“Not just Tamba (Hali) and (Justin) Houston, but also Dee Ford, Frank Zombo’s been playing a lot for them. And inside they have Devito and Poe and some of those other guys. So they’re very deep.”

Hoyer is ready, with the support of his teammates. From the benching to the concussions keeping him out. He approaches Sunday with a chance to continue to write, or rewrite, his story.

“Block out the noise and just focus on what we need to do to win the game. So I think that kind of fits my personality, and it’s good to be around a group of guys that kind of have that same mentality.”

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