CHIEFS BUCK COLTS, REACH AFC TI­TLE GAME

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By Dave Skretta As­so­ci­ated Press

Ma­homes masters muck as KC ends play­off drought

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pa­trick Ma­homes picked apart the Colts in his post­sea­son de­but, the Chiefs’ de­fense an­swered a cho­rus of crit­ics with a stout per­for­mance, and Kansas City rolled to a 31-13 vic­tory over In­di­anapo­lis in the di­vi­sional round Satur­day to end 25 years of play­off frus­tra­tion.

Ma­homes threw for 278 yards while run­ning for a touch­down, and Damien Wil­liams ran through snow and muck for 129 yards and an­other score, as the Chiefs beat In­di­anapo­lis for the first time in five play­off meet­ings to earn their first AFC ti­tle-game ap­pear­ance since Jan­uary 1994.

“There was a lot of ex­cite­ment here, the fans were awe­some, the de­fense played amaz­ing and the of­fense, we did enough to get the win in the end,” Ma­homes said.

The AFC West cham­pi­ons will play the win­ner of Sun­day’s game be­tween the divi­sion-ri­val Los An­ge­les Charg­ers and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots next week­end for a spot in the Su­per Bowl in At­lanta.

An­drew Luck was held to 203 yards pass­ing for the Colts, while Mar­lon Mack was no fac­tor on the ground. He had 46 yards rush­ing be­fore leav­ing late in the fourth quar­ter with a hip in­jury.

NFL play­offs at a glance

With per­sis­tent snow turn­ing Ar­row­head Sta­dium into a win­ter won­der­land, the Chiefs waltzed all over a Colts de­fense that nearly shut out the Tex­ans a week ago. Ma­homes and Co. scored on their first three pos­ses­sions, then again just be­fore half­time, to take

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Kansas City 31, In­di­anapo­lis 13 Dal­las at Los An­ge­les Rams, late Los An­ge­les Charg­ers at New Eng­land, 1 p.m. (CBS)Philadel­phia at New Or­leans, 4:30 p.m. (Fox) Kansas City Chiefs' Mitchell Schwartz (71) and Cameron Erv­ing (75) cel­e­brates a touch­down against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts on Satur­day.

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