Score: Colts 23, Chiefs 7
It was over when: Alex Smith threw an interception with his forearm to start the second half. That turnover was immediately turned into a 51-yard touchdown run by Donald Brown to give the Colts a 20-7 lead.
Fun Fact: Chiefs are locked in as the fifth seed in the AFC.
1. Jamaal Charles
Charles rushed for over 100 yards and scored the Chiefs lone touchdown. He was the best player on the field for either team.
2. Running Game
Aside from Charles, the Chiefs running game had a solid day, averaging over seven yards per carry. Alex Smith had some good looks in the running game.
3. Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson
They were probably the only two players on the team who could tackle today, so that helped them stand out. But the two were laying some licks and making plays all over the field.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Can the Chiefs playoff berth be ‘unclinched’? *searching Wikipedia*
— Mick Shaffer (@mickshaffer) December 22, 2013
1. Third Down
KC was just 1-for-8 on third down, causing a lot of problems for the defense who was out there for nearly 40 minutes of the game. Add in the four turnovers by the Chiefs and KC’s problems today were less defensive and more offensive.
A lot of missed tackles today from guys like Dunta Robinson and Kendrick Lewis. This led to a lot of extra yards for the Colts.
Bad penalties, botched plays, terrible decision-making, and questionable effort led to a whole bunch of bad things for the Chiefs today. There were plenty of instances where the Chiefs could have gotten off the field on defense or extended a drive on offense but were killed by penalties. In fact, Four of Indy’s 19 first downs (KC had 18) came via Chiefs penalties.
This looked like a team that was more focused on week one of the playoffs than a team worried about winning today.