5 takeaways from Colts' win over Chiefs

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 2:33 am •  Published: December 23, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even though the Indianapolis Colts won't know their playoff seeding until after next week's games, they're probably hoping that the Chiefs are their first opponent.

After all, they had their way with Kansas City on Sunday.

Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards in an efficient performance, Donald Brown had touchdowns running and receiving, and the Colts shut out the Chiefs after an opening touchdown in a 23-7 win that could end up being a preview of an AFC wild-card game in just two weeks.

If Indianapolis ends up as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and with the Chiefs assured of the fifth seed, the two teams would meet again at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kansas City's chances of winning the AFC West were dashed earlier Sunday when Denver beat Houston.

"It's a possibility," Luck said of a rematch. "We have another game or two until that happens, but if it is (Kansas City), we'll take a hard look at what just happened."

It's sure to be a pleasing film session.

Alex Smith threw for 153 yards, but he fumbled once and was picked off twice. Knile Davis also fumbled the ball away, and the Chiefs were hit with several key penalties that scuttled any chance of mounting a second-half comeback in the frigid weather at Arrowhead Stadium.

It was the fifth time the Colts (10-5) beat the Chiefs (11-4) in their last six meetings.

"We'll see them again," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "They've got the upper hand on us right now because in their minds they think they can beat us. If we go down there, it will be a different story. But we've got to fight our way back."

Jamaal Charles ran for 106 yards and the game's opening score, but Kansas City failed to keep him involved in the offense, and that allowed the Colts to seize control.

Adam Vinatieri started the Indianapolis comeback with the first of his three field goals, Brown caught a 31-yard screen pass for a touchdown, and then added a 51-yard run later in the game, tight-rope walking down the sideline the last 10 yards for the score.

By the time Smith threw his second interception to Jerrell Freeman, and then fumbled the ball away in the fourth quarter, the game had already been decided.

"The way we opened up, marching down the way we did, it felt like things were going to be the way they've been," Smith said. "We really didn't get into a rhythm after that, didn't execute in any area, and then the turnovers. The turnovers hurt you."

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