Sunday, December 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Colts 20, Chiefs 13
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 20-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium:
What it means: A year after they suffered through a 2-14 season the Colts are already back in the playoffs, having clinched a wild-card berth with their 10-5 record. Andrew Luck surpassed the rookie record for passing yardage set last year by the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton. Interim coach Bruce Arians, expected to hand the reins back to Chuck Pagano on Monday, led the Colts to a 9-3 mark while Pagano endured treatment for leukemia.
Two big stops: While the Chiefs had a 507-288 advantage in yards, Kansas City was simply unable to translate yards into points. The Colts made a big fourth-down stop of a Brady Quinn sneak late in the fourth quarter, setting the offense up for a 73-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard Luck-to-Reggie Wayne touchdown pass that provided the winning points with 4:08 left in the game. The defense then forced a three-and-out for KC and the offense killed out the clock.
Up-and-down: Luck was 10-for-18 for 123 yards in the first half, and he hit Wayne for a 33-yard gain on his first throw of the second half. Then he missed on 10 straight throws. He followed that up by connecting on his final six throws of the game. Overall, he was 17-for-35 for 205 yards and the touchdown.
Big concern: The Colts simply won’t survive playing a defensive game like this in the playoffs. Kansas City ran 44 times for 352 yards, as both Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis topped 100 yards. Charles went for an 86-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
What’s next: The Colts host the Texans, who beat them 29-17 in Houston a week ago. The result could determine if the Texans get home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and whether the Colts will be the fifth or sixth seed.