Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs 12/22/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Indianapolis Colts 23, Kansas City Chiefs 7
December 22, 2013
There were all sorts of playoff implications involved in the Colts-Chiefs Week 16 matchup. Though both squads are postseason-bound, the outcome of this game will hold some sway in the overall AFC standings, as there’s still some jockeying to be done before we’re finished next week. Everyone figured we’d see a pretty good game, as the last pair of meetings between these two teams were each decided by a touchdown or less. Ultimately, however, it ended up being a very one-sided affair.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from the matchup and see if we can determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to the final week of the season and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Things started out pretty well for Kansas City. They notched a nice 31-yard touchdown scamper from Jamaal Charles on their opening drive to post an early 7-0 lead. After that, however, things went immediately and irrevocably downhill.
The rest of the Chiefs’ drives went like this: punt, punt, fumble, punt, missed field goal, interception, punt, punt, interception, fumble. In the meantime, the Colts were able to capitalize on KC’s mistakes and take complete control of the game.
Here’s how Indy’s scoring broke down: They notched a 33-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck to Donald Brown in the second quarter, which was sandwiched between a pair of Adam Vinatieri field goals. They’d own a 13-7 edge at halftime.
After the break, Brown posted another TD, this one on a 52-yard run. Another field goal would make it 23 unanswered points for the Colts, as they ultimately took it 23-7.
With the victory, Indianapolis improves to 10-5, while the Chiefs drop to 11-4. Their loss, coupled with a Broncos win, means that Denver clinches the AFC West and a guaranteed first-round bye.
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The Stars: We’ll give MVP honors to Donald Brown, who ended up posting 79 rush yards and a TD on 10 carries, and also managed 31 yards and a TD on a pair of receptions. Andrew Luck had a pretty good day himself with 241 yards and a TD on 26-of-37 passing for a 96.8 rating.
On the other side, Jamaal Charles had a pretty good statistical game, but by his standards was bottled up. He had 106 yards and the TD on 13 carries and another 38 on five grabs. Defensively, Indianapolis was great, coming up with four sacks and four turnovers while holding the Chiefs to 287 yards total.
The Goats: Overall it was a flat effort in all phases by KC, but we’ll call out Alex Smith here. He had a terrible outing, with just 153 yards passing, two fumbles (one lost) and two interceptions.
The Chiefs are normally strong in the time of possession battle, but all the miscues cost them dearly. They held the football just 21:40 to the Colts’ 38:20.
Injuries: Both teams were pretty fortunate when it came to new injuries, but both were without a handful of players. The Colts were missing Sergio Brown, Montori Hughes and Ricky Jean Francois.
As for the Chiefs, Justin Houston and Nico Johnson were absent.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 17, the Colts have a home game to close out the season. The Jaguars will be coming to town (Sunday, December 29, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
As for the Chiefs, they’ll head to San Diego to face the Chargers (Sunday, December 29, 4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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