Colts' Season Ends With 31-13 Division Round Loss To Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL divisional football playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Indianapolis Colts on Saturday fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-13, in their AFC Divisional Round matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. Here are the game notes and highlights from the contest.


— Touchdown, Colts, as the Indy offense shows a little bit of life. Andrew Luck goes over the top to T.Y. Hilton for a 29-yard score — Hilton making a terrific, contested grab and staying in bounds. Adam Vinatieri misses the extra point, however. Colts trail this one 24-13 with 5:37 left in the fourth quarter.

— Injury updates: center Ryan Kelly (knee) and running back Marlon Mack (hip) are both OUT.

— FINAL: Chiefs 31, Colts 13. Tough ending for an Indy team that won 10 of its final 12 games. But the future is bright. Nine draft picks, a ton of cap room and a talented foundation set.


— The Colts show some life, particularly on defense, but the Chiefs respond right back — and time is certainly not on Indy's side. A forced fumble by Darius Leonard, on Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins, is recovered by Leonard at the Kansas City 20-yard line with about a minute left in the third quarter. But Dee Ford comes barreling in on Andrew Luck, strips him of the ball, and it's Ford who recovers at the Kansas City 32.

— At the end of the third quarter, the Chiefs lead the Colts, 24-7.


— The good news? The Colts' defense comes alive a bit and gets its first stop of the ballgame. Jabaal Sheard records a big sack, and the pressure really, in general, gets to Patrick Mahomes, who is unable to work any magic. The bad news? Harrison Butker connects on a 39-yard field goal. Chiefs 17, Colts 0 with 12:13 left in the 2Q.

— The Colts finally get a break. Forcing the Chiefs to punt for the first time all game, Najee Goode get a huge block, and Zach Pascal falls on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. It's now 17-7 Chiefs with 5:56 left in the second quarter.

— Chiefs answer right back with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that takes 4:16 off the clock and ends on a four-yard Patrick Mahomes touchdown run. Kansas City has 18 first downs in this game so far; the Colts have zero. It's Chiefs 24, Colts 7 with 1:40 left in the second quarter.

— Adam Vinatieri misses the field goal attempt from 23 yards out. At halftime, the Colts trail the Chiefs, 24-7. Kickoff headed Kansas City’s way to start the second half.


— Touchdown, Chiefs, who make it look easy despite slick, slippery field conditions. They go 90 yards in just five plays and 2:59, as running back Damien Williams runs it in from 10 yards out. The play before, Patrick Mahomes found wide receiver Sammy Watkins for a 34-yard pass play, and a horse collar penalty on safety J.J. Wilcox pushed the ball up to the 10. Chiefs 7, Colts 0 with 10:05 left in the first quarter.

— Not ideal for the Colts. Another three-and-out for the Indy offense, and Kansas City needs just 3:04 to go 70 yards in eight plays, finding the end zone with a 36-yard end-around run by Tyreek Hill. The key play of the drive: a 4th and 1 conversion in which the Chiefs got 11 yards right up the middle on a run by Damien Williams. It's 14-0 Chiefs with 6:28 left in the first quarter.

— At the end of the first quarter, the Chiefs lead the Colts, 14-0. Indy has three three-and-outs on offense, while the Chiefs scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, and are driving again, facing a 2nd and 8 from the Indianapolis 29 when we return.


The following players are inactive for today's 2018 Divisional Round matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium:

• C Josh Andrews

• T/G Le'Raven Clark

• WR Ryan Grant

• S Malik Hooker

• DT/DE Tyquan Lewis

• LB Ahmad Thomas

• RB Jonathan Williams

Lineup changes

The Colts are expecting the following lineup changes today:

— George Odum is expected to start at safety in place of Malik Hooker.

— Al-Quadin Muhammad is expected to start at defensive end in place of Tyquan Lewis.

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