Chiefs roll past Colts to reach AFC ti­tle game

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY DAVE SKRETTA — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS


Patrick Ma­homes picked apart the Colts in his post­sea­son de­but, the Chiefs de­fense an­swered their 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 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.

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 a non-fac­tor on the ground. He had 46 yards rush­ing be­fore leav­ing late in the fourth quar­ter with a hip in­jury.


Chiefs coach Andy Reid was sum­moned to the cor­ner of Ar­row­head Sta­dium dur­ing Satur­day’s play­off game against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts to get fans to stop throw­ing snow­balls on the field.

Reid wasn’t happy about it, ei­ther.

The of­fi­cials called him over from the Kansas City side­line dur­ing the twominute warn­ing in the first half, and Reid shouted and ges­tured at the fans in the lower deck .

Reid’s in­ter­ven­tion didn’t do much good, ei­ther. Patrick Ma­homes scam­pered in mo­ments later to give the Colts a 24-7 lead, and snow­balls fell like con­fetti from the up­per deck.


The De­troit Tigers avoided ar­bi­tra­tion with Ni­cholas Castel­lanos, agree­ing on a $9.95 mil­lion deal with the out­fielder for 2019.

De­troit also reached agree­ments with left­handers Matthew Boyd ($2.6 mil­lion), Daniel Nor­ris ($1,275,000) and Blaine Hardy ($1.3 mil­lion).

Right-han­der Michael Ful­mer is the Tigers’ only ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble player with­out a deal. He asked for $3.4 mil­lion and was of­fered $2.8 mil­lion.

The 26-year-old Castel­lanos hit .298 last year with 23 home runs and 89 RBIs, when he made $6,075,000. He’s con­sid­ered a can­di­date to be traded, with the Tigers re­build­ing after con­sec­u­tive 98-loss sea­sons.

Ful­mer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, went 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA last sea­son, when he dealt with oblique and knee prob­lems.


Rock­ies: Four-time Al­lS­tar third base­man Nolan Are­nado asked for $30 mil­lion in salary ar­bi­tra­tion, while Colorado of­fered $24 mil­lion. Are­nado, who has won six straight Gold Glove Awards and four con­sec­u­tive Sil­ver Slug­ger Awards, made $17.85 mil­lion last year. He hit .297 with an NLhigh 38 home runs and

110 RBIs, which tied for sec­ond in the league, to help the Rock­ies reach the play­offs for the sec­ond straight sea­son.

Twins: Right-han­der Kyle Gib­son and left fielder Ed­die Rosario are among eight play­ers who avoided salary ar­bi­tra­tion by agree­ing to one-year con­tracts. Gib­son will earn $8,125,000, an in­crease from his 2018 salary of $4.2 mil­lion.

Also agree­ing on con­tracts were right-han­der Jake Odorizzi for $9.5 mil­lion; cen­ter fielder By­ron Bux­ton for $1.75 mil­lion; third base­man Miguel Sano for $2,650,000; right fielder Max Ke­pler for $3,125,000; left-han­der Tay­lor Rogers for $1,525,000; and righthander Trevor May for $900,000. Rays: Catcher Mike Zunino, third base­man Matt Duffy and re­lief pitcher Chaz Roe agreed to oneyear con­tracts and avoided ar­bi­tra­tion. Zunino ($4,412,500) was ac­quired this off­sea­son in a five­player trade that sent out­fielder Mallex Smith to Seat­tle. Duffy, 27, got $2,675,000, up from $1 mil­lion last year.

Padres: Wil My­ers said he’s mov­ing back to the Padres’ crowded out­field, in­di­cat­ing that San Diego prob­a­bly is still in the mar­ket for a third base­man.

My­ers said at FanFest that the de­ci­sion to switch po­si­tions again was made dur­ing a re­cent dis­cus­sion with gen­eral man­ager A.J. Preller and man­ager Andy Green.

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