KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Chiefs proved on Saturday they are true Super Bowl contenders with an impressive 31-13 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, one of the frontrunners for the league’s MVP this year, threw for 278 yards off of 27 completions while scoring one rushing touchdown to lead the Chiefs to their first postseason win in 25 years.
Running back Damien Williams had 25 carries for 129 yards and a score, with Tyreek Hill also finding the endzone off of his single 36 yard-rush attempt, as the Chiefs became the first team to score playoff rushing touchdown with a quarterback, running back and wide receiver in the same game.
The Chiefs, so often underperformers in the playoffs, started strong, ending the first quarter with a two-touchdown lead that they never looked like relinquishing.
Tight end Travis Kelce led the Chiefs’ potent receivers with 108 yards from seven catches, with Hill adding 72 yards off eight receptions.
The hostile atmosphere and wintry conditions at Arrowhead, coupled with the Chiefs domination of the running game, both offensively and defensively, brought the Colts five-game win streak to an abrupt end.
Quarterback Andrew Luck could only complete 19-of-36 pass attempts for 203 yards and one touchdown, which he threw to TY Hilton.
The Chiefs advance to the Championship round, where they will face either the Los Angeles Chargers or the New England Patriots.