Chiefs beat Colts, win first home playoff game in 25 years

Tristan Allen, Editor-in-Chief

The Kansas City Chiefs won their first home playoff game in 25 years as they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-13 in the AFC divisional round on Jan 12. They will host the New England Patriots on Jan. 20 in their first ever AFC Championship game at Arrowhead.

The night before the game, the Kansas City area saw around 5 to 12 inches of snow, but this did not affect the game much. Some players slid around on the field early on, but that was it.

Defense came to play for Kansas City, as they did not allow any scoring from Indianapolis during the first half, asides from a blocked punt-turned touchdown by the Colts on special teams. The Chiefs’ defense also did not allow the Colts to convert on their nine third downs.

Marlon Mack, Colts running back, was held to 46 yards on nine attempts after having 148 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts. T.Y. Hilton, Colts wide receiver, led the Colts in receiving yards and scored a touchdown, but only had 60 receiving yards.

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs quarterback, did not have a passing touchdown, but he did run for a 4-yard touchdown. He completed 27 of his 41 passes for 278 yards.

Damien Williams, Chiefs running back, ran for 129 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Darrell Williams, Chiefs running back, ran for a touchdown on Saturday as well.

Tyreek Hill, Chiefs wide receiver, tallied 72 receiving yards and had a 36-yard touchdown run. Travis Kelce, Chiefs tight end, led the game with 108 receiving yards but did not score once during the game. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs wide receiver, made his return with 62 receiving yards since last playing very limited time in week 11.

Adam Vinatieri, Colts kicker, had an off game on Saturday, only making one Point After Touchdown (PAT) attempt and missing another PAT and a 23-yard field goal.

Each side lost one fumble during the game.