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.