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

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.

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.

See all the action on the field for the Divisional Round matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs.

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