Chiefs Finally End a Playoff Drought at Home, Burying the Colts

Of course, right now he misses within the snow, muttered Raiders fans everywhere. Vinatieri missed an extra point later, leaving the Colts 11 points behind, all expect of a comeback dissolved.

The Chiefs’ defense, suspect all season, sacked Andrew Luck three times as well as also held Marlon Mack, who last week blasted the Houston Texans for a franchise-record 148 rushing yards, to all of 46. The Colts played the opening quarter as if blindfolded: nine offensive plays, three punts. Against the Chiefs, who had more passing touchdowns (50) This particular season than punts (45), there may be no worse sin than empty possessions.

On his first series, Mahomes took Indianapolis apart for 0 yards in all 5 plays, capped by a 10-yard scamper by Damien Williams, who finished with 129 yards on 25 carries. Given the ball again just 27 seconds later, the Chiefs went 70 yards, the majority coming on one play: Hill’s 36-yard reverse for a touchdown.

Before Luck completed a pass, Kansas City led by 17-0. With misdirection, precision as well as also, at times, brute force, the Chiefs asserted themselves in a way the Colts hadn’t encountered: Not once during a three-month surge via 1-5 to 10-6 did Indianapolis face a top-all 5 offense.

The Chiefs are a top-one offense. Mahomes is actually a top-one quarterback. The chants of “M.V.P.” reverberated loud as well as also long. So many times in the past, Kansas City confronted a quarterback deficit within the playoffs. John Elway as well as also Peyton Manning, Tom Brady as well as also Ben Roethlisberger — all foiled the Chiefs.

Already they have advanced deeper than any predecessor since Joe Montana helmed the team 25 years ago. They know how fleeting This particular moment can be, as well as also if they win next Sunday, surpassing the teams of Montana as well as also Trent Green as well as also Alex Smith as well as also all the others, Mahomes will add to his growing legend — to stories in which delighted fans will pass down, stories in which may seem apocryphal, although are not.