The Kansas City Chiefs justified their role of a favorite against the Indianapolis Colts, and defeated the big rival, 31-13, clinching the first victory over this franchise in the playoffs, and avenging for a painful defeat in the last meeting.
The Chiefs fans waited for 25 years to felt the taste of victory at home. The guy who was leading the hosts today was Patrick Mahomes, as usual. The biggest candidate for the MVP Award threw for 278 yards, without any touchdowns or interceptions, but with one rushing TD.
All four touchdowns of the hosts were after rushing, which is the new franchise record. Damien Williams was the hero of today’s win, as the 26-year old running back collected 129 yards on the ground along with a touchdown. He was a spark which ignited the whole team in every time they were feeling lost or without a solution.
Damien Williams too SHIFTY for the first score of the game 😳 pic.twitter.com/6eVBdIlh4p
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 12, 2019
And to be honest, that is something which hasn’t been seen frequently today. Tyreek Hill and Darrel Williams posted other two touchdowns. Chiefs had 180 rushing yards in this one.
They opened this clash pretty confidently, quickly reaching a 17-0 lead. Colts managed to decrease that, to 24-7 before the halftime and even had a chance to execute a field goal, but Adam Vinatieri missed the shortest field goal in his rich career. It was only 23 yards long, but anyway he hit the upright.
The veteran kicker then missed conversion after a touchdown, in the moments when Indianapolis slowly started to take over the game. That was his first in the postseason ever.
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) January 12, 2019
Instantly in the next drive, Kansas City sealed the game, with Indianapolis making a huge mistake and getting a penalty for that. On fourth down, home team’s punter, Colquitt was hit by Najee Goode, and the officials gave a five-yard penalty to the Colts, which made it possible for the Chiefs to continue their attack and to eventually score.
Andrew Luck had 203 yards, 19 of 36, and one touchdown pass. Marlon Mack was stopped at only 46 yards, while the only player who posted a touchdown was T.Y. Hilton, having four receptions for 60 yards.
The Chiefs will wait for either the Patriots or the Chargers in the AFC Championship game.