KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If the Kansas City Chiefs might have designed the best way they are going to enter the AFC Championship Game, they might have drawn up their 31-13 divisional-spherical win towards the Indianapolis Colts.
The Chiefs did not merely beat the Colts, they used them as a launching pad. The Chiefs could have a full head of steam heading into subsequent week’s game towards the winner of Sunday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots.
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The victory did that a lot for the Chiefs. They performed their finest defensive game of the season, forcing the Colts to go three performs and punt on every of their first 4 possessions.
The protection, for its half, pitched a shutout till the Colts scored an offensive landing with lower than six minutes left. The Colts scored their first landing on a blocked punt within the second quarter.
The Chiefs, who entered the game permitting simply 18 factors a game at home, did not permit a landing of their remaining common-season game, a 35-Three win towards the Oakland Raiders.
However maybe extra importantly, the Chiefs buried their many playoff demons. They won at Arrowhead Stadium within the playoffs for the primary time since January 1994. The streak included losses of 1, two, three and 4 factors.
The Chiefs had misplaced 11 of their earlier 12 playoff video games, with 4 of these defeats coming towards the Colts.
They won’t have that ugly historical past hanging over them heading into the AFC title game, which may also be performed at Arrowhead Stadium. They buried it early by speeding to a 17-Zero lead within the second quarter.
The Chiefs had to survive some anxious moments having extra to do with their playoff historical past — they wasted a 28-point, third-quarter lead towards the Colts 5 years in the past and an 18-point, third-quarter lead towards the Titans final season — than the best way they have been taking part in.
However they completed robust this time. A Sammy Watkins fumble on the Kansas City 20 gave the Colts some obvious life late within the third quarter.
However Dee Ford compelled Andrew Luck to fumble two performs later. The Chiefs recovered and have been by no means once more severely threatened.
The Colts had simply 126 yards halfway via the fourth quarter.