Some uncharacteristically less-than-sharp play by the Chiefs has helped the Colts take a 13-7 halftime lead Sunday in Kansas City.
The Colts’ first TD of the game — a 33-yard second-quarter reception from tailback Donald Brown — came two plays after defensive lineman Cory Redding recovered a fumble by Chiefs rookie tailback Knile Davis. For Davis, who struggled with ball security at Arkansas, it was the first lost fumble of his NFL career and his second fumble overall.
Brown’s touchdown came on a short pass from Andrew Luck. The Colts’ tailback, left wide open on the play, did the rest, sprinting away for the touchdown to give the Colts a 10-7 lead with 9:35 left.
Later, the Colts would add an Adam Vinatieri 45-yard field goal to a six-point lead with 1:59 left in the half. The drive was highlighted by a 31-yard Luck-to-T.Y. Hilton connection. Hilton, like Brown, was wide open, and Luck got just enough on the pass for the big play. Luck had a strong first half, completing 19-of-26 passes for 192 yards.
Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 47-yard field goal that would have cut the Colts’ lead to three in the final moments of the first half. Earlier in the game, Vinatieri missed a 34-yarder on that end of the field.
The Chiefs scored the game’s first points on a Jamaal Charles 31-yard TD run. However, the Colts would rally in this matchup of teams who have already secured playoff spots.