The Kansas City Chiefs totaled 507 yards, but it wasn’t enough to stop the playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts, who won the coin flip and the game, closing out Arrowhead Stadium with a 20-13 road victory.
The game started in Kansas City’s favor, as it forced Indianapolis to punt on its first drive. However, facing a third-and-eleven on their opening drive, Chiefs QBBrady Quinn ’s pass for WRDexter McCluster was intercepted by Colts CB Darius Butler, who returned it 32 yards for the score. Just like that, it was 7-0 Colts.
It was gut-check time for the Chiefs, who at this point in the season were playing for pride. Answering the call, Brady Quinn connected with WR Jon Baldwin for a 57-yard gain to the Colts’ 23-yard line. Later in the drive, KC wasn’t able to overcome a holding penalty and had to settle for a 47-yard FG by Chiefs K Ryan Succop . Colts lead 7-3.
Kansas City’s defense dominated the Colts on their very next drive. Chiefs S Eric Berry stopped Colts RB Vick Ballard for a one-yard loss, followed by Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson sacking Colts QB Andrew Luck, who also went down on the next play, courtesy of Chiefs LBTamba Hali , forcing the Colts to punt. The sack was Hali’s ninth this season.
The next drive for KC was a Peyton Hillis run fest. Hillis carried the ball five times for 34 yards, helping the Chiefs move the ball to the Colts’ 25-yard line, where later, Succop’s 43-yard FG attempt was wide right. Peyton Hillis finished the game with 101-rushing yards.
The Colts responded to the missed FG with a seven-play drive that lasted 2:14 seconds and ended with a 48-yard FG by Colts K Adam Vinatieri. 10-3 Colts.
The Chiefs and Colts exchanged punts on the game’s next-two drives.
Kansas City then put together a drive filled with great plays and penalties, ending with a fumble by Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles inside the Colts’ 16-yard line, recovered by Colts S Joe Lefeged.
Seven plays, 60 yards and: 55 seconds later, Vinatieri added a 36-yard FG, making it 13-3 Colts. The score remained the same into halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, Jamaal Charles needed just one play to redeem his earlier fumble. Starting the second half, Charles took his first touch of the pigskin to the house, 86 yards away for the score. Colts lead 13-10.
Charles finished the day with 22 carries for 226 yards. Hillis and Charles became the first KC running-back duo to both rush for more than 100 yards in the same game since Christian Okoye (122 yards) and Harvey Williams (103 yards) did it on 10/7/1991 against the Buffalo Bills.
Kansas City scored again two drives later. The Chiefs used eight plays and covered 52 yards, before Ryan Succop made good on a 47-yard FG, tying the score, 13-13.
The score remained tied into the fourth quarter.
With 10:21 remaining in the game, the Chiefs faced a fourth-and-one on the Colts’ 27-yard line and decided to go for it, but their QB sneak came up short.
Andrew Luck and the Colts then marched 73 yards in 13 plays, when Luck connected with veteran-WR Reggie Wayne from seven yards out for the score. 20-13 Colts.
Facing a seven-point deficit, with 4:03 remaining in the game, the Chiefs punted after three plays and would never see the ball again. The victorious Colts milked the clock and punched their ticket to the postseason.
On the day, Andrew Luck was 17 of 35 for 205 yards and one TD. Luck now owns the rookie-passing record for yards in a season with 4,183, surpassing Cam Newton’s 4,051 yards.
The Chiefs will close out the season on the road, facing the AFC West-foe Denver Broncos on Sunday.