KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes picked aside the Colts in his postseason debut, the Chiefs defense answered their chorus of critics with a stout efficiency, and Kansas Metropolis rolled to a 31-13 victory over Indianapolis within the divisional spherical Saturday to finish 25 years of playoff frustration.
Mahomes threw for 278 yards whereas operating for a landing, and Damien Williams ran by way of snow and muck for 129 yards and one other rating, because the Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the primary time in 5 playoff conferences to earn their first AFC title recreation appearance since January 1994.
“There was loads of pleasure right here, the fans have been superior, the defense played superb and the offense, we did enough to get the win in the long run,” Mahomes stated.
The AFC West champions will play the winner of Sunday’s recreation between the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots subsequent weekend for a spot in the Tremendous Bowl in Atlanta.
Andrew Luck was held to 203 yards passing for the Colts, whereas Marlon Mack was a non-factor on the bottom. He had 46 yards dashing before leaving late within the fourth quarter with a hip damage.
With persistent snow turning Arrowhead Stadium right into a winter wonderland, the Chiefs waltzed throughout a Colts defense that almost shut out the Texans every week ago. Mahomes and Co. scored on their first three possessions , then once more just earlier than halftime, to take a 24-7 lead into the break.
If there was any query whether this may be Kansas City’s day, it was answered when Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 23-yard subject-objective attempt off the upright just before halftime. It was the primary time in 22 postseason attempts that he’d missed from that close.
Not that the Chiefs thought that they had it wrapped up.
They’ve had greater playoff meltdowns towards the Colts.
There was the 10-7 loss during which Lin Elliott missed three subject objectives when the Chiefs have been the No. 1 seed, and the loss at Arrowhead Stadium in 2003 during which no one punted.
Five years ago, they blew a 38-10 second-half lead towards Luck and the Colts to spoil Andy Reid’s first season.
Not this time.
Not with this Kansas City quarterback.
After shattering almost each franchise passing document, Mahomes picked up proper the place he left off in his regular-season finale. He led the Chiefs on touchdown drives of 90 and 70 yards to open the game, shortly recognized a favourite target in Travis Kelce, and shook off a banged-up knee to scramble for a landing late in the first half to offer his staff an enormous cushion.
In fact, the Chiefs didn’t want it the best way their protection was enjoying.
The Colts went three-and-out on their first 4 possessions, have been outgained 185-12 within the first quarter, and Luck didn’t full a move until he discovered T.Y Hilton early within the second.
Their lone vibrant spot got here when Zach Paschal recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown .
Even when the Colts caught a break and Sammy Watkins fumbled the ball to them late within the third quarter, they have been quick to provide it back….