Chiefs Finally End a Playoff Drought at Home, Burying the Colts
Any probability Indianapolis had of drawing nearer light when a diving Mahomes crashed previous an finish zone pylon from four yards out, extending the Chiefs’ result in 24-7. Then the Colts’ Adam Vinatieri — whose kick in the snow 17 years in the past catalyzed the New England dynasty — clanged a 23-yard field-goal strive off the left upright.
Of path, now he misses in the snow, muttered Raiders fanatics in every single place. Vinatieri later ignored an additional level, leaving the Colts 11 issues at the back of, and all hope dissolved.
The Chiefs’ protection, suspect all season, sacked Andrew Luck 3 times and held Marlon Mack, who remaining week blasted the Houston Texans for a franchise-record 148 dashing yards, to all of 46.
“We played checkers,” Colts tight finish Eric Ebron stated. “They played chess.”
Before Luck finished a cross, Kansas City led by means of 17-Zero, on landing runs by means of Damien Williams and, on a dazzling opposite, Hill. With misdirection, precision and, at instances, brute drive, the Chiefs asserted themselves in a manner the Colts had now not encountered: Not as soon as all the way through a three-month surge from 1-Five to 10-6 did Indianapolis face a top-five offense.
The Chiefs are a top-one offense. Mahomes is a top-one quarterback. The chants of “M.V.P.” reverberated loud and lengthy. So repeatedly over the years, Kansas City faced a quarterback deficit in the playoffs. John Elway and Manning, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger — all foiled the Chiefs.
Already they’ve complex deeper than any predecessor since Joe Montana helmed the workforce 25 years in the past. They know the way fleeting this second can also be, and in the event that they win subsequent Sunday, surpassing the groups of Montana and Trent Green and Alex Smith and all the others, Mahomes will upload to his rising legend — to tales that overjoyed fanatics will cross down, tales that can appear apocryphal, however don’t seem to be.