Chiefs can make up for past January failures against Colts

Marc LaVoie
January 07, 2019 - 5:53 am

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The Chiefs will face the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday in the NFL playoffs. 

The Colts defeated the Houston Texans 21-7 to earn a spot in the next round. They have won nine of their last ten games. Quarterback Andrew Luck has had a good year, throwing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns in the regular season.

The Chiefs will have an opportunity to exorcise some demons, after four-straight playoff losses to the Colts.

The Chiefs' bad luck against Indianapolis in January begain in 1996, in a remembered for bitter cold and kicker Lin Elliot missing three field goal attempts. National Weather Service statistics show the overnight low before the game was minus nine degrees. The 13-3 Chiefs lost 10-7.

Kansas City was a three-point favorite against the Colts in 2004. Once again, they had home field advantage through the playoffs with a 13-3 record. Payton Manning led the Colts 38-31 victory at Arrowhead Stadium in a game in which the Chiefs rushed for 196 yards and went 3-for-3 on fourth down attempts. 

The Chiefs and Colts met again on January, 2007. Kansas City squeaked into the playoffs that year with a record of 9-7. Herm Edwards' team only managed seven first downs and 126 yards of offense. The final score was 28-7.

The Chiefs lost a heartbreaker at Indianapolis on January 4, 2004, 45-44. The game featured two high-powered offenses, similar to the 2004 game, with each team amassing more than 500 yards. Kansas City lost despite picking off three passes and controlling the ball for more than 37 and a half minutes.

As of Monday morning, the Chiefs were a 6-point favorite to move on to the AFC Championship Game. Kickoff Saturday is at 3:35 at Arrowhead Stadium. The game will be televised on NBC.

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