Kansas City Chiefs 31-13 Indianapolis Colts: Patrick Mahomes stars as hosts end 25 years of play-off misery to place in AFC Championship Game
- Patrick Mahomes picked up the Colts in his post-season debut on Saturday
- The Chiefs defense answered their choir of critics with a solid performance
- The Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the first time in five play-off meetings
Dave Skretta, Associated Press
Patrick Mahomes disbanded the Colts in his post-season debut, the Chiefs defense replied to their chorus of critics with a solid performance and Kansas City rolled to a 31-13 victory over Indianapolis in the division round on Saturday to 25 years play-off. end frustration.
Mahomes threw 278 yards while racing for a touchdown, and Damien Williams ran through snow and muck for 129 yards and another score, as the Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the first time in five playoff meetings to give their first AFC title game appearance. to earn since January 1994.
& # 39; There was a lot of excitement here, the fans were great, the defense played great and the attack, we've done enough to finally win the victory, "Mahomes said.
The widespread receiver Tyreek Hill scores a touchdown after Clayton Geathers from Indianapolis
The quarterback of Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes dives into the final zone for a landing
Patrick Mahomes celebrates with Travis Kelce after throwing a 67-yard touchdown pass
The AFC West champions play the winner of Sunday's game between division rival Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots next weekend for a spot in the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Andrew Luck was held to pass 203 yards for the Colts, while Marlon Mack was a non-factor on the ground. He had rushed 46 yards before leaving late in the fourth quarter with a hip injury.
With stubborn snow changing Arrowhead Stadium in a winter wonderland, the Chiefs were waving about a Colts defense that the Texans shut out almost a week ago. Mahomes and Co. scored on their first three possessions, then again just before halftime, to take a 24-7 lead in the break.
If there was a question whether this would be the day of Kansas City, it was answered when Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a field goal of 23 yards, the upright tried just before the break. It was the first time in 22 postseason attempts he had missed so close.
Not that the Chiefs thought they had packed it. They have had bigger play-off meltdowns against the Colts.
There was the loss of 10-7 in which Lin Elliott missed three field goals when the Chiefs were number 1 and the loss in Arrowhead Stadium in 2003 where no one kicked.
Kansas players celebrate after linebacker Justin Houston recovered a ball for a turnover
Linebacker from Kansas Justin Houston fired Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck
Five years ago they blew a 38-10 second half lead against Luck and the Colts to ruin the first season of Andy Reid. Not this time. Not with this quarterback in Kansas City.
After defeating almost every franchise, Mahomes took exactly where he left off in his regular season finale. He led the Chiefs on runways of 90 and 70 yards to unlock the game, quickly identified a favorite target in Travis Kelce and shook a bolted knee to clamber for a touchdown in the first half to give his team a big chance. to give. To kiss.
Of course, the Chiefs did not need it in the way their defense played.
The Colts went three-and-one on their first four possessions, were surpassed 185-12 in the first quarter, and Luck did not complete a pass until he found T.Y Hilton early in the second.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron vaults Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller
Their lone bright spot came when Zach Paschal repaired a blocked staircase for a landing.
Even when the Colts took a break and Sammy Watkins threw the ball at them in the third quarter, they were quick to give it back. Dee Ford lost luck and colleague Linebacker Justin Houston flopped on the ball and ruined a new chance in the red zone.
The Colts finally scored an offensive touchdown with 5:31 in the game. But in the perfect summary of their bad afternoon their former star-kicker missed the extra point. At that moment the party in the stands had already started.
The Chiefs have lost six consecutive home games in the past two years, including heartbreakers to Pittsburgh and Tennessee. But a proud franchise who won the only Super Bowl title with Len Dawson in 1970 and recently played for a place behind Joe Montana is another step further.
Thousands of fans woke warmly to watch the events at Arrowhead Stadium