At least Mercury Morris can go back into hiding.
It’s time for the ’72 Dolphins to break out the champagne, as the Colts knocked the Chiefs from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 19-9 victory over Kansas City. Not a single team got to 4-0 this season. It’s the first time since 1970 that happened.
The game was tight throughout and Peyton Manning was extremely frustrated by the end of it. His timing was off and Tamba Hali’s pressure bothered Manning, but the Colts finally put together a touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter to seal the win.
The turning point may have come midway through the third quarter. The Chiefs defense had just intercepted Manning, and quickly went for the lead on an attempted bomb to Dwayne Bowe. It was one of the few impressive Matt Cassel tosses of the day, but Bowe dropped it in the end zone. Then Bowe dropped a wide open pass on the next play.
The Chiefs have a small margin for error because their passing game is so inept. Cassel finished 16-of-29 for only 156 yards and was lucky not to be intercepted. The team’s running game was solid (113 yards) and the team’s young secondary held up very well.
Indianapolis survived an uneven game from Manning (44 attempts for only 255 yards and an interception) by controlling the clock and playing improved defense at home.
The Colts, now 3-2, may not be thrilled with the style points. But they earned a tough victory by outlasting an impressive young Chiefs squad.