KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Colts’ magical “1-0” run under first-year head coach Frank Reich is over after a season sure to have fans excited about the future.
The Chiefs beat the Colts 31-13 Saturday in the AFC divisional round to advance to next week’s conference championship game.
Kansas City raced out to a 14-0 lead just like the Colts had done the previous two weeks in convincing wins. Damien Williams scored on a 10-yard run, then Tyreek Hill outran the Colts’ defense for a 36-yard touchdown.
Harrison Butker pushed the Chiefs’ lead to 17-0 before the Colts finally made a big play.
Najee Goode blocked a Dustin Colquitt punt and Zach Pascal recovered in the end zone to cut into Kansas City’s lead.
The momentum didn’t last long, Patrick Mahomes dove for the pylon for a four-yard touchdown and Adam Vinatieri missed a 23-yard field goal to send the Chiefs into halftime with a 24-7 lead.
The Colts’ offense didn’t record a first down until their last drive of the first half. The gained only 91 total yards in the half, most coming on their final possession.
The offense wouldn’t find the end zone until late in the fourth quarter. Andrew Luck connected with T.Y. Hilton for a 29-yard scoring strike, but it was too little, too late.
Kansas City iced the game on a Darrel Williams six-yard touchdown run with just over two minute to play.
Reich and general manager Chris Ballard led a remarkable turnaround a year after finishing 4-12 and beginning this season 1-5. The Colts won nine of their final 10 games in the regular season to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
You can watch video of the Colts’ big special teams play below: