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Dominant performance by offense gives Chiefs 31-10 halftime lead

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Led by a spectacular performance by quarterback Alex Smith and their offense, the Chiefs built a 31-10 halftime lead in Saturday’s wild-card game at Indianapolis.

Despite playing without star tailback Jamaal Charles for much of the first half, the Chiefs rolled up 327 yards through two quarters against the Colts, who have had no real success slowing Kansas City. While Charles has been ruled out for the rest of the game, replacement Knile Davis has played well, racking up 51 yards on 12 carries and scoring Kansas City’s last touchdown of the first half.

Smith, whom the Chiefs acquired from San Francisco in the offseason, has been the standout of the game thus far. In the first two quarters, he completed 13-of-21 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yarder to Donnie Avery that gave the Chiefs a 17-7 lead 11 seconds into the second quarter.

It would only get worse for the Colts. On their next drive, tailback Trent Richardson lost a fumble, with the Chiefs taking over at the Indianapolis 17. Three plays later, Smith flipped a five-yard TD pass to fullback Anthony Sherman, extending the Chiefs’ lead to 17.

The Colts would cut the lead to 24-10 on an Adam Vinatieri field goal with 9:18 left in the second quarter, but the Chiefs then embarked on a 15-play, 81-yard march ending in Davis’ four-yard TD run and featuring some skilled rushing from Smith, who converted a pair of third downs with his feet.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has completed 12-of-21 passes for 129 yards, and his first-quarter 10-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton evened the game at seven about 10 minutes into the game. However, the Chiefs have pulled away to a comfortable lead since.

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43 Responses to “Dominant performance by offense gives Chiefs 31-10 halftime lead”
  1. rodvmunchiii says: Jan 4, 2014 6:20 PM

    Probably would have been better if this game was blacked out.

  2. jakec4 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:20 PM

    I think Pep Hamilton is calling an awful game. The Colts have 21 pass attempts, and 4 carries by Brown/Richardson. They completely abandoned the run after the Richardson fumble except for the Luck run on 4th and inches. No reason to go one dimensional with the score 24-10 early in the second quarter.

    Alex Smith couldn’t be any better.

  3. herlies says: Jan 4, 2014 6:20 PM

    Houston, Tenn, Jax and these Colts.

    Yet all year we heard about how bad the NFC North and NFC East are?

  4. nflfollower says: Jan 4, 2014 6:22 PM

    Andy Reid making the adjustments after his squad took it on the chin from the Colts late in the regular season.

  5. bostonian13 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:23 PM

    Crazy game for the Chiefs, they are looking dangerous. Where is everyone who was writing them out?!?
    Also, imagine how much more better Luck would be with a good running back, BETTER PROTECTION, and a decent receiver.

    Anddddd, as I’m writing this luck throws an interception. Smh

  6. Vim says: Jan 4, 2014 6:24 PM

    So did they simply exchange a OneAndDone quarterback (Peyton) for another (Andrew)?

  7. deangelo23hall says: Jan 4, 2014 6:24 PM

    Wow Andrew Luck sure is showing he’s LEAUGES better than RG3

  8. mrheavyhustle says: Jan 4, 2014 6:25 PM

    So we will just ignore how good the Chiefs Defense is playing?

  9. f1restarter says: Jan 4, 2014 6:27 PM

    Andy Reid looks like a giant, economy sized ketchup bottle.

  10. rasta028 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:27 PM

    LMAO another INT By CHUCK A LUCK.

    KARMA BABY!

  11. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    Alex Smith > Colin Kaepernick

  12. 1pwrightt says: Jan 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    Just wondering? How would Bruce Arian be coaching the Colts right now?

  13. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    What this sad display is telling us is that Andrew Luck was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the worst number one pick in NFL history.

    RGIII > Andrew Luck

    All must agree.

  14. rickc402 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    Can the Luck / Rg3 comparisons finally stop? Luck is looking more like Manning and choking in the big game! 3 picks! Halfway through the game…”Turn out the Lights the Party’s Over!!!”

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:28 PM

    Wow Colts fell apart fast. No mental toughness.

  16. nikeair497 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:29 PM

    but I thought they wanted a qb that wins in the post season?

  17. osiris33 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:30 PM

    This is why pass rushers should never be DPOY. Mathis hasn’t done a thing because Reid’s game plan has just schemed around him. Good luck taking Richard Sherman or Earl Thomas out of the game.

    Sherman should have been DPOY, and this game proves it.

  18. brudog says: Jan 4, 2014 6:31 PM

    Suck with Luck

    RG3>Luck

  19. thelastbesthope says: Jan 4, 2014 6:35 PM

    The Colts fans who refused to pay the NFL ransom to go the the stadium to see the game were right.

    The ones who spent their hard earned money to watch the Colts defense lay down are sorry they did.

  20. packerbackernj says: Jan 4, 2014 6:36 PM

    Irsay will be tying one on tonight and drunk rambling on twitter by the fourth quarter.

  21. csilojohnson says: Jan 4, 2014 6:37 PM

    Maby Sherman gets if he couldve passed a drug test…

  22. weepingjebus says: Jan 4, 2014 6:38 PM

    Inevitable. The Chiefs are a decent team, but the Colts will suffer for their blatant Suck for Luck campaign.

  23. bert1913 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:41 PM

    chiefs are using skill not luck

  24. bostonian13 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:43 PM

    All you people bashing Luck are nuts. RG3 is no where close to this guy. He’s suffering from a lack of help on offense, Indy blows on offense outside of Luck. And defense they blow outside of Mathis. I hate the Colts and all this is obvious. Imagine if Wayne was playing….way more trust in his throws.

  25. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:43 PM

    Hold on, Colts recover fumble…have a chance to close to 38-24. Ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

  26. 1pwrightt says: Jan 4, 2014 6:50 PM

    Lets not be too hasty saying the Colts loose.They are looking pretty good right now. How fast we feed everyone to the lions.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:51 PM

    packerbackernj says:

    Irsay will be tying one on tonight and drunk rambling on twitter by the fourth quarter.
    ______________________________

    Does anyone else feel a little disturbed to see an old man tweeting away like a teenage girl on speed ?

  28. vincentbojackson says: Jan 4, 2014 6:51 PM

    No doubt Luck and the Colts are having a terrible game. But there’s not an NFL GM out there that wouldn’t take Luck over RG3 or any QB in next year’s draft.

    Luck has his very average Colts team in the playoffs, RG3 has his very average Redskins team sitting at home.

  29. axespray says: Jan 4, 2014 6:51 PM

    So is Andrew Luck taking Matt Ryan’s place as “QB that eventual superbowl winning teams beat on their way to the big game” ?

  30. 6thsense10 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:52 PM

    Robert Mathis just showed why he is this year’s defensive POY. That sack strip fumble is something he has been doing all year and just changed the game. Instead of the colts potentially being down 45-17 the score is 38-24. So to all who seem to think PFT gave him dpoy just for a high sack total I suggest you go back and review his season again.

  31. bobgriffinthe3rd says: Jan 4, 2014 6:53 PM

    I’m >luck

    thats why I’m Bob griffin the 3rd

  32. realskipbayless says: Jan 4, 2014 7:00 PM

    If I was GM or owner I would pick luck over rg3 any day. Atleast luck hasn’t created a circus for his team and he’s won more than 3 games this year and didn’t get deactivated before the years end. RG3’s career may already be at a decline. Luck doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon. So Luck>RG3

  33. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:02 PM

    Three INT’s? Just give it to ‘em! That’s the problem with the pros. You never know who is actually going to show up.

  34. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:58 PM

    Like I said, you never know who’s going to show up!

  35. slammed81 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:07 PM

    What Noone on here eating there crow huh go look at all the dumb comments it’s hilarious and I’m not even a Colts fan

  36. plum13sec says: Jan 4, 2014 8:15 PM

    Many People are going to enjoy the time spent reading these comments.

  37. plum13sec says: Jan 4, 2014 8:18 PM

    Im upvoting the hilarious ones.

  38. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:45 PM

    Anyone who posted earlier feeling just a wee bit foolish now?

  39. pound30 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:50 PM

    I am just curious why anyone would bring up RG3 in this post at all. I guess that just shows how much they know about football.

  40. charlie12212 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:53 PM

    All you goonjas like your crow medium rare? Eat up boys…

  41. jgater1981 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:11 PM

    Plum is absolutely right. These comments are hilarious!

  42. spenn80 says: Jan 5, 2014 2:15 PM

    Haha I had such a good time reading these comments. One bad half of football and ppl are ready to kick Luck out of the league. Can’t believe I got to go to this game.

  43. rasta028 says: Jan 6, 2014 7:13 PM

    Luck won’t be so LUCKY NEXT WEEK

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