Chiefs move past Colts, will host AFC title game for first time

AP

The Chiefs won their first home playoff game in 25 years on Saturday and they’ll get a chance at another one next Sunday.

We won’t know who will be on the other sideline until the Patriots and Chargers square off tomorrow, but we do know that the Chiefs will host a conference title game for the first time in franchise history. The top seed in the AFC got out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and watched their defense overwhelm the Colts offense over most of a 31-13 win.

The Chiefs have only played in one AFC title game in their history as both of their Super Bowl trips came when they still called the AFL home. Regardless of which team advances to face them, they looked very capable of making their third visit to the big game against Indianapolis.

Patrick Mahomes was 27-of-41 for 278 yards and ran for a touchdown, Tyreek Hill ran for a score while catching eight passes, Travis Kelce had 108 receiving yards and Damien Williams continued to shine as the team’s top running back. Those headline performances took a backseat to the play of the Kansas City defense for much of the day.

They held the Colts without a first down for more than 28 minutes to open the game and totally shut down the run game despite finishing 27th in run defense during the regular season. They sacked Andrew Luck three times, forced a fumble a couple of plays after a Sammy Watkins turnover and didn’t allow the Colts to convert a third down all night.

A touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with just over five minutes left got the Indy offense on the board and it looked like they might get another chance to make it a game in the final minutes by forcing a punt, but Najee Goode, who blocked a punt for the first Colts touchdown of the game, was flagged for running into punter Dustin Colquitt.

It was the 10th penalty of the night for the Colts — another big negative for the Colts on a night overstuffed with them — and the Chiefs would add a Darrel Williams touchdown a short time later.

A big night for the defense wasn’t par for the course for the Chiefs this season. It was the high-powered offense that led the Chiefs to this point and the prospect of matching Saturday’s defensive performance to that kind of firepower again next week should warm hearts on a chilly night in Kansas City.

108 responses to “Chiefs move past Colts, will host AFC title game for first time

  1. As thrilled as I am that a detestable organization like the Colts aren’t sniffing a Super Bowl that game by Vinatieri was hard to watch.

    Hang em up buddy. Enjoy the well deserved fun of retirement.

  2. FatBaba says:
    January 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm
    Chiefs lose today. You heard it hear first.
    ______________________________________________________
    How’s it feel loser…stay out of the prediction business

  3. The Colts had a hell of a good year. I don’t think many people expected them to make the playoffs this season.

    The Chiefs are going to very tough to beat next weekend against the Patriots or the Chargers. 🙂

    Patrick Mahomes is a stud.

  4. It wasn’t that difficult to shut down the Colts rushing attack. Indy had a 6.2 ypc average but only ran the ball 14 times.

  5. thefirm2018 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    Nice now let’s see the Rams eliminate Dallas!!!

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    No way I really think the Cowboys are going to win this game.

  6. Finally. I’m sure they are happy to get those many years of playoff losses monkey off their back. Best news is that they found their defense tonight. Cheifs look dangerous right now.

  7. Luck has a weaker arm than a pool noodle.

    Weaklings don’t deserve to move on in the playoffs.

  8. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    GoodellMustGo and tylawpicksix are ready to cry tomorrow or next week
    ——-
    😭😭😭😭

  9. Does anyone still want to argue that there’s a weaker conference in the league than the AFC South? Anyone?

  10. Hey Adam Gase, Did you see what good coaching can do for a good player like Damien Williams, another one of your cast offs.

  11. Does anyone still want to argue that there’s a weaker conference in the league than the AFC South? Anyone?

    AFC South was the only division in the entire NFL to have 3 teams with winning records… so no, I disagree

  12. Sure I’ll get a lot of thumbs down on this and I know Dallas has a way to go especially havin to go through 2 of 3 great teams (LA, NO and yes Philly counting you too) to get there but how entertaining would a Dak vs Mahomes Super Bowl be? We’ll see what happens but congrats KC fans got a great young QB leadin the way. Best of luck

  13. The Colts forgot that they had to play today. The second week of playoff football shouldnt be this bad.

  14. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    GoodellMustGo and tylawpicksix are ready to cry tomorrow or next week

    Q4 – (:26) (Shotgun) R.Wilson pass short right intended for R.Lockette INTERCEPTED by M.Butler at NE -1. M.Butler to NE 2 for 3 yards (R.Lockette). PENALTY on NE, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 1 yard, enforced at NE 2

    😭😭😭😭😭😭😂😂😂

  15. Luck’s reconstructed arm was exposed today in cold weather. It’s like a wet noodle. However I still believe the Patriots can go to Arrowhead and win.

  16. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    GoodellMustGo and tylawpicksix are ready to cry tomorrow or next week
    ——————————————————

    Says the troll that’s been crying for going on 3 years.
    How’s that Hawks legion of bust dynasty going?

  17. teflondyme says:
    January 11, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    Take the under, the Chiefs will choke as usual. Andy Reid always the bridesmaid never the bride, his offenses don’t win championships.
    ________________________________________________________________________
    Well you got the under right…now go live in your dark hole until next year.

  18. doggz109 says:

    January 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    Patriots would get killed by this Chiefs team. Please win tomorrow Chargers.

    —-

    You can thumbs the guy down but he is likely right. Pats only beat the Chiefs by 3 last time, early in the season, and they are anything but dominant this year.

    Now why you asking for the Chargers to win confounds me a little?

  19. True. The 43-40 victory over KC unfortunately doesnt justify a New England victory prediction though, as our defense has been rough for a few years. Expect Brady to be sending a lot of short passes to Gronk and Edelman, as he’s up against Joey Bosa and Mark Ingram this week, and, if they win, up against Justin Houston and Dee Ford next week. (After how Houston and Ford played tonight, that would be scary.)

  20. Chiefs are going to be tough to beat. Hood for them. Ballard has his work cut out for the Colts next year. Too many penalties today, and luck has no one to throw to. Needs in the offseason:

    Pass rush, RG, new receivers, do, time to replace vinny

  21. moneymike23 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    Remember last week when Colts fans thought their coach was the next coming of Vince Lombardi
    after one playoff win?

    No. I remember saying they got the right guy. Which they did. I saw no one saying the Second Coming, anything about the SB, or anything about anything but gratitude, which is deserved.

    What they should be talking about is how they dodged a bullet when McDaniels lost his nerve/showed his true (read, BAD) character. I personally would be celebrating Frank and I am nowhere near a Colts fan. I was rooting KC.

  22. bassplucker says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    Does anyone still want to argue that there’s a weaker conference in the league than the AFC South? Anyone?
    ———————-
    Absolutely yes. The AFC East! Pats are terrific. Jets/Dolphins/Bills pathetic. Look at the records and head to head with the South. Not even close.

  23. Total and complete domination. MVP. We now have what we’ve never had in the playoffs. A franchise QB. Did anyone notice we changed out 3 of the 4 back end defenders? This is a different defense ladies.

  24. doggz109 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    Patriots would get killed by this Chiefs team. Please win tomorrow Chargers.

    ————

    I’m pretty sure the Patriots already beat the Chiefs this season. No matter what, they or the Chargers will give them a better game than the soft Colts

  25. objectivefbfan says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    doggz109 says:

    January 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    Patriots would get killed by this Chiefs team. Please win tomorrow Chargers.

    —-

    You can thumbs the guy down but he is likely right. Pats only beat the Chiefs by 3 last time, early in the season, and they are anything but dominant this year.

    ——
    The Chiefs miss Hunt now and they had him the first time. Just sayin’.

    Should be a great game. But the Pats have some business to take care of first 🙂

  26. moneymike23 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    Remember last week when Colts fans thought their coach was the next coming of Vince Lombardi
    after one playoff win?

    Um yes. Pretty much YOY it’s the AFC East. Easy to win when you know you get 6/6 or 5/6. Almost guarantees a first round bye. NFCW is generally competitive. NFCN has had at least 2-3 teams competing. NFCS…NOLA, ATL, CAR, so that’s 3. NFCE…ok that’s an argument.

    AFCE – weak for more than a decade. AFCN, I think sent 3 teams to the playoffs a few years back and only became bad this year. AFCS, fair to middling, might be a contender. AFCW is traditionally at least a 2 horse race. Sometimes 3.

    So yeah. I do disagree. Guess I am “anyone”. Some legacy. AFCE is like varsity playing pop warner.

  27. jman967 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    Chiefs looked great.
    Gonna be a tough out for the Chargers next week.

    —-

    You’re right — it’ll be exceptionally tough since you can’t do it from the golf course.

    Maybe Pittsburgh one of these years will finally have the discipline from top to bottom to corral all the great talent they seem to always have and become a team that goes to the AFC championship every year for a decade.

    Or, then again, maybe they won’t.

  28. Congrats to the Chiefs and their fans. As good as Alex Smith was, the Chiefs were right to go with Mahomes.

    First time in 16 years an AFC Championship game will be somewhere other than Denver, Foxboro, Indianapolis or Pittsburgh.

  29. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    Mahomes = GOAT (no *asterisk required)

    Chiefs don’t need to cheat. (period)


    And yet they were fined and lost multiple draft picks for tampering (Maclin). That’s called cheating cupcake. 🙂

  30. redclaw1314 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm
    the Colts still have their “1-0” flag and nobody can take that away
    ——-
    Are the 2-0 shirts on their way to South America?

    🙂

  31. bassplucker says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    Does anyone still want to argue that there’s a weaker conference in the league than the AFC South? Anyone?
    ————-
    Yes – obviously the AFCN whose best got embarrassed at home by Colts just last weekend!! And they say attention spans are getting sh… what were we talking about?

  32. atlantablewa28to3lead says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:33 pm
    Congrats to the Chiefs and their fans. As good as Alex Smith was, the Chiefs were right to go with Mahomes.
    First time in 16 years an AFC Championship game will be somewhere other than Denver, Foxboro, Indianapolis or Pittsburgh.
    ——————————————————————————————————-
    An indication of how inept Ownership/Management has been in the AFC-or how rare quality Ownership/Management has been in the AFC.

  33. Patriot fans talking a lot of smack like they’ve accomplished something without cheating. But this is why they are the toughest fan base in football. Super tough fans.

  34. Best 3 AFC teams by a mile are left.

    As it should be. Frauds like the Dolts and Ratbirds didn’t belong in the playoffs.

  35. vaphinfan says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm
    Patriot fans talking a lot of smack like they’ve accomplished something without cheating. But this is why they are the toughest fan base in football. Super tough fans.
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    😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  36. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    Mahomes = GOAT (no *asterisk required)

    Chiefs don’t need to cheat. (period)


    And yet they were fined and lost multiple draft picks for tampering (Maclin). That’s called cheating cupcake. 🙂
    ———-

    The Chiefs took their medicine like men in that case. They owned it and moved on, unlike the Patriots, who cheat and then double down by lying about it and smashing cell phones and such. The Patriots fashion themselves after Trump, Brady’s and Belichick’s hero.

  37. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    Mahomes = GOAT (no *asterisk required)

    Chiefs don’t need to cheat. (period)


    And yet they were fined and lost multiple draft picks for tampering (Maclin). That’s called cheating cupcake. 🙂
    ———-

    The Chiefs took their medicine like men in that case. They owned it and moved on, unlike the Patriots, who cheat and then double down by lying about it and smashing cell phones and such. The Patriots fashion themselves after Trump, Brady’s and Belichick’s hero.
    ——
    The Patriots never cheated. Fabricated completely made up cheating doesn’t count silly! 🙂

  38. Congratulations, Chiefs. What is really amazing is that Mahomes is actually on first year as a starter. His poise, feel for the game, and that amazing arm totals up to KC’s future looking very bright indeed.

  39. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    The Chiefs took their medicine like men in that case. They owned it and moved on…
    ———————————————–

    Uh, Clark Hunt did not own it and did NOT go quietly and he shouldn’t have. The punishment was egregious when you consider what other teams got away with. Do you follow this game at all chip?

  40. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:12 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm
    Mahomes = GOAT (no *asterisk required)

    Chiefs don’t need to cheat. (period)


    And yet they were fined and lost multiple draft picks for tampering (Maclin). That’s called cheating cupcake. 🙂
    ———-

    The Chiefs took their medicine like men in that case. They owned it and moved on, unlike the Patriots, who cheat and then double down by lying about it and smashing cell phones and such. The Patriots fashion themselves after Trump, Brady’s and Belichick’s hero.
    ——
    The Patriots never cheated. Fabricated completely made up cheating doesn’t count silly! 🙂
    ———-
    Witch hunt? Fake news? The district court judge that ruled against Brady was Liberal? Right, cupcake.

  41. It’s hilarious watching all the dodo Patriot fans freaking out about the Chiefs positioning themselves squarely in the driver’s seat. It’s 50/50 whether the Patriots will make it past tomorrow. You Pats fans are pitiful. Get a grip on yourselves.

  42. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:30 p
    Witch hunt? Fake news? The district court judge that ruled against Brady was Liberal? Right, cupcake.

    —-
    Tee hee 🙂 You sound frustrated 😀

    I don’t count made up fabricated cheating as cheating.

    Cry some more. 🙂

  43. ray1950 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    It wasn’t that difficult to shut down the Colts rushing attack. Indy had a 6.2 ypc average but only ran the ball 14 times.

    ——————————–

    Those stats are drastically inflated by long runs the Colts accumulated in garbage time when the game was already over. They had like three 15+ yard runs on their very last drive.

    When Indy tried running the ball early, they were completely stuffed and before they could blink they were down 14-0. They were utterly dominated up front on both sides of the ball.

  44. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    It’s hilarious watching all the dodo Patriot fans freaking out about the Chiefs positioning themselves squarely in the driver’s seat. It’s 50/50 whether the Patriots will make it past tomorrow. You Pats fans are pitiful. Get a grip on yourselves.

    ——
    That’s right let’s hear it waaaah those meanies are getting under my skin! 😭😭😭😭😭

  45. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm
    The Patriots fashion themselves after Trump, Brady’s and Belichick’s hero.
    ——————————————————————————–
    Trump captured Indiana, Missouri, Kansas. He got one electoral vote in Maine. The rest of New England went Blue.

  46. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:30 p
    Witch hunt? Fake news? The district court judge that ruled against Brady was Liberal? Right, cupcake.

    —-
    Tee hee 🙂 You sound frustrated 😀

    I don’t count made up fabricated cheating as cheating.

    Cry some more. 🙂
    ——

    I’ll cry when the Chiefs don’t cover and not until then.

  47. 11in17 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    “Take their medicine like men”. Snowflake lemmings should learn from the Chiefs then.

    —-
    I’d wager that clown isn’t a Chiefs fan at all. Just a silly Patriot Hater posting under one of his dozen board names.

    Fun to completely and thoroughly pown as they usually are. 🙂

  48. Not sure how anybody’s talking crap about the Seahawks after they made the playoffs in a Year everyone expected them to Win 4 games and led the league in rushing…

    Pretty fun year actually. 10 wins…all good.

  49. That’s right let’s hear it waaaah those meanies are getting under my skin! 😭😭😭😭😭

    Not a rabid fan just a child with unsupervised internet access. Go to bed Timmy ….kids are cute, but precious when silent.

    Go Chiefs!

  50. hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:54 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:30 p
    Witch hunt? Fake news? The district court judge that ruled against Brady was Liberal? Right, cupcake.

    —-
    Tee hee 🙂 You sound frustrated 😀

    I don’t count made up fabricated cheating as cheating.

    Cry some more. 🙂
    ——

    I’ll cry when the Chiefs don’t cover and not until then.

    —-
    I bet I know more about the Chiefs than you do and I’m not a fan of that team. Huh. Go figure. 🙂

  51. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:13 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:54 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:30 p
    Witch hunt? Fake news? The district court judge that ruled against Brady was Liberal? Right, cupcake.

    —-
    Tee hee 🙂 You sound frustrated 😀

    I don’t count made up fabricated cheating as cheating.

    Cry some more. 🙂
    ——

    I’ll cry when the Chiefs don’t cover and not until then.

    —-
    I bet I know more about the Chiefs than you do and I’m not a fan of that team. Huh. Go figure. 🙂

    —————

    You bet you know more about the Chiefs than I know about the Chiefs? How much did you bet?

  52. The Colts and Luck’s return to football was one of the best stories of year. Win a bunch of games against bad teams and morons everywhere think it makes you unstoppable. Chiefs gave Indy every opportunity; blocked punt for a TD, fumble inside their own red zone, dropped interception and the better team still won, emphatically. How many bandwagon loud mouths will eat there words now (zero)?

  53. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Are the 2-0 shirts on their way to South America?
    ————————————————————

    I think it’s great the league donates those shirts to the 3rd world needy. This year I believe they are sending them to Miami

  54. burtmustin says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm
    hedleykow says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm
    The Patriots fashion themselves after Trump, Brady’s and Belichick’s hero.
    ——————————————————————————–
    Trump captured Indiana, Missouri, Kansas. He got one electoral vote in Maine. The rest of New England went Blue.
    —————————
    Brady went public with his MAGA hat and Belichick went public with his letter of adoration to Trump. They should keep that crap to themselves. No one wants to hear it.

  55. steelcurtainn says:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Poor performance by the Colts. Steelers vs chiefs would have been a better game.
    ————————————————————————————————
    Steelers couldn’t get past the Raiders, so I’m pretty sure they would have been destroyed (again) by KC.

  56. The Patriots sure is the underdog if you look at the rosters compared with the Chargers and the Chiefs. So we’ll see if they can win. Cooks was a big help to the Rams. Brady could have used him. But it is what it is. Only one team will win and it will be the best team, for sure. So, let’s all enjoy the remaining games and continue ribbing each other.

  57. RE LEE says:
    January 12, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    Like what I’ve been saying, that kid Mahomes is legit. What happened to Luck? He looked lost.

    ===========================

    Luck looked like a backup QB making his first start for most of the game. He was not decisive in his decision making and there was no zip on his balls. My first thought was the he had some injury they weren’t reporting and that’s why he couldn’t throw the ball with his normal zip.

    Props to them for the regular season but they need to burn this tape as Luck had a total meltdown. The Chiefs scored all the points they would need in the 1st quarter and the Colts had 0 1st downs at half time.

  58. Almost feels like the Cubs winning the world series….lol….I mean after that string of first round losses where they were seemingly comfortably ahead I’d say they are super bowl bound if the Patriots some how win, but the chargers could be a little bit of a problem. Although, the chargers would have to worry about the elements in K.C. too…..

  59. Luck’s arm looked exactly like it did in the preseason. It was dead. Every pass was labored and it seemed like his shoulder was torn up.

    I kept expecting Reich to go to the backup because at least he can drive the ball but he never did. It is either hurt again or never actually was healed. I lean towards the latter. Looked exactly like Luck in the preseason and training camp. Guided throws, no zip, no ability to wing it.

  60. Congrats Chiefs great game. Clearly the better team and Chiefs defense has been very good at home. Mahomes is fun to watch.

    For those trashing Luck, you win and lose as a team. OL was poor and Colts receiving corps need improvement. TY playing on bum ankle and too many drops. Luck wasn’t great but when you get pushed back and no one is open it’s hard to complete passes.

  61. Angel Valle says:
    January 13, 2019 at 5:51 am
    Colts morphed back into the team that started 1-5 no surprise!
    ——————————————
    Yeah…having to play against a good team will do that. You know, instead of feasting on the dregs like they had been doing.

  62. Thetruthspeaks says:
    January 13, 2019 at 9:50 am
    Congrats Chiefs great game. Clearly the better team and Chiefs defense has been very good at home. Mahomes is fun to watch.

    For those trashing Luck, you win and lose as a team. OL was poor and Colts receiving corps need improvement. TY playing on bum ankle and too many drops. Luck wasn’t great but when you get pushed back and no one is open it’s hard to complete passes.
    ———————————–
    No, that’s not possible…if you listened to ANY of the talking heads all week. They repeated over and over how great the Colts O-line was a bunch of roadgraders, how Mack was going to gash the Chiefs D and they just didn’t know how the Chiefs would be able to get any pressure on Luck. The Colts went 3 & out on their 1st four possessions. Tough to win anywhere doing that.

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