Chiefs, Mahomes dominate Colts in snowy playoff victory
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 278 yards and ran for a score Saturday, Jan. 12, as the Chiefs ended a six-game home losing streak in the postseason by stomping the Indianapolis Colts 31-13.
The AFC playoff victory was the first in a quarter-century for the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium after they advanced as the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1997.
More than a half-foot of snow socked Kansas City before kickoff. Light snow also fell during the game.
Kansas City will play for the AFC championship next Sunday against the winner of Sunday's playoff game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers.
Running back Damien Williams had career bests with 25 carries for 129 rushing yards. He scored one touchdown.
Tight end Travis Kelce led the Chiefs with 108 receiving yards on seven catches, while wideout Tyreek Hill added eight catches for 72 yards and a rushing TD. Mahomes went 27-for-41 passing and didn't throw an interception.
Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston had two sacks and recovered a fumble off a strip by Dee Ford.
The turnover thwarted a huge opportunity for the Colts after they took over at the Chiefs 20-yard line late in the third quarter on a fumble that was forced and recovered by linebacker Darius Leonard.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck could never get into a rhythm, passing for 203 yards while going 19-for-36. The Colts, who had won 10 of their previous 11 games, including five straight, were dogged by 10 penalties for 70 yards.
Kansas City dominated the first half, generating 18 first downs before Indianapolis moved the chains for the first time during a two-minute drill to end the half.
The Colts stormed downfield on that march but kicker Adam Vinatieri, playing in his 32nd postseason game, missed a 23-yard field goal attempt off the left upright as time expired. Vinatieri also missed a PAT attempt.
The 24-7 lead the Chiefs took into the break was achieved with 195 yards passing from Mahomes, who also rushed for a 4-yard TD with 1:40 left. Williams scored on a 10-yard rush and wide receiver Tyreek Hill on a 36-yard reverse to cap the first two Kansas City drives.
Indianapolis went three-and-out on each of its first four possessions.
Najee Goode broke through to block a punt that teammate Zach Pascal recovered in the end zone with 5:56 left for the Colts' only first-half score.