KANSAS CITY – For a second time in three weeks, they would venture into the cold in hopes of snapping a recent trend.
As they did two weeks ago in chilly Cincinnati, the Colts entered frigid Kansas City a week removed from a victory hoping for their first two-game winning streak since Week 8 and 9. Against the Bengals, Chuck Pagano’s team wasn’t able to do it as they fell behind by 21 and never recovered.
But the win-loss streak that lasted nearly two months came to an end in decisive fashion on Sunday afternoon as the Colts stormed into Arrowhead Stadium and left with a 23-7 victory.
The Colts improve to 10-5 on the season and keep themselves alive for one of the top two seeds in the AFC Playoffs.
Donald Brown enjoyed a big afternoon as he had both a rushing and receiving touchdown while gaining 110 total yards. Andrew Luck finished 26-of-37 passing for 241 yards and a touchdown.
Indianapolis’ defense was particularly strong all game as the unit finished with four turnovers-including two interceptions by linebacker Jerrell Freeman.
For the 10th time this season, the Colts had to start from behind. After a three-and-out, Kansas City’s Dexter McCluster returned a punt 25 yards to give the Chiefs a short field. Alex Smith moved the team 59 yards in just four plays with Jamaal Charles finishing the quick drive with a 31-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.
Adam Vinatieri got the Colts on the board in the second with a little bit of personal redemption. After missing a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter, Vinatieri knocked in a line drive, 46-yard field goal to cut the Kansas City lead to 7-3.
Indianapolis’ defense than helped to change the momentum later in the second quarter when Jerrell Freeman popped the ball out of hands of Chiefs’ running back Knile Davis’ hands.
Brown turned it into points when he took a short pass from Luck 33-yards for the touchdown to give the Colts a 10-7 lead. Vinatieri would add three more points with a 45-yard kick with under two minutes to go in the half to extend the Colts’ lead to six.
The defense helped to set up another score early in the second half when Freeman picked off an Alex Smith pass around midfield. Brown added more points with a 51-yard touchdown run to give the Colts a 20-7 lead.
Adam Vinatieri added another field goal later in the second half to finish off one of their more impressive victories of the season.