Chiefs vs Colts : The 2018-19 NFL playoffs are officially upon us, and the Kansas City Chiefs will be kicking off their postseason against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon. The Chiefs have failed to ever beat the Colts in the playoffs, holding a 0-4 record against them.
== MATCH INFO ==
NFL Playoffs 2019
Team : Chiefs vs Colts
Date : Saturday, January 12
Start Time : 4:35 Pm Et
White knows the Chiefs could get wide receiver Sammy Watkins back from a foot injury Saturday, boosting an offense that was already the NFL’s best. Watkins drew a questionable tag, but has practiced on a limited basis this week and could take the field for the first time since Week 11.
Luck has thrown multiple touchdowns passes in 14 of 17 games and is a shoo-in for Comeback Player of the Year. His rebuilt offensive line has allowed a league-low 18 sacks while paving the way for running back Marlon Mack’s breakout. Mack has rushed for at least 119 yards in three of his past four games and just piled up 154 yards from scrimmage in the wild-card win at Houston.
On top of breaking the Chiefs’ home playoff cycle, the Chiefs need to break a cycle of losing to the Colts in the playoffs. It all began in the 1995 AFC Divisional game. The Chiefs trailed the Colts 10-7 when kicker Lin Elliot walked out to try a 42-yard field goal. Instead of sending the ball through the uprights, Elliot missed his third straight field goal of the night and the Chiefs walked away empty-handed.
Then, in 2014, the Chiefs again traveled to Indianapolis on Wild Card weekend and played a game that went down in the history books—and not in a good way for the Chiefs. The Chiefs led 38-10 early in the third quarter of the game and many fans had already written the Colts off.
But this is a new era and the Colts should fear the Chiefs. As Kent Swanson of Arrowhead Pride started, it’s time for the Chiefs to Break the Cycle. This year, the Chiefs have something they have lacked every other heartbreaking playoff loss, and that is quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the helm.
Mahomes, the recipient of First-Team All-Pro honors and likely MVP winner, is a special player that Kansas City has lacked in all of their previous playoff losses. We’ve already seen him make spectacular play after spectacular play, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The young signal-caller joined the small list of quarterbacks to put up 50 touchdowns and 5000 passing yards in a single season, etching his name in the history books next to Peyton Manning.
As this week goes on, I feel better and better about playing the Colts on Saturday. I honestly do not think that they are going to perform as well as they’re hyped up to be. Chiefs will dominate by at least 2 scores. The defense will hold fast, and keep its foot down. Chiefs 42, Colts 21
Patrick Mahomes will refuse to participate in the playoff angst of Chiefs fans, scoring often and early against a Colts defense that is overtouted. Andy Reid’s play calling will exploit the Colts defensive weaknesses. Travis Kelce will catch 11 passes for 137 yards and 2 TDs. The Chiefs defense will give up some chunks of yardage but keep the score low enough to win. Chiefs 34, Colts 26
The past fallacies of playoff performances have no place with this team. Although it is stuck in the back of every Chiefs fan’s head, this matchup should be what a championship caliber team and their fans want. Redemption.
Even so, the redemption isn’t on Patrick Mahomes’ shoulders. He’s never lost a playoff game. He has yet to break the hearts of the home crowd in January.
Andrew Luck and the Colts are good. So are the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s why they didn’t have to play this past weekend. Look for Mahomes and this offense to play like they always do, which will bode well in the quest to move on.