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Kansas City Chiefs: Loss to Colts a Preview of First Round Playoff Exit?

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In a crazy turn of events, the Indianapolis Colts found a way to quiet their critics on Sunday with a convincing win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Up until this point, the Colts had been alternating wins and losses for six weeks, giving everyone the impression they may not be a legitimate contender. On Sunday, though, Indianapolis got themselves a consecutive victory for the first time in almost two months.

For the Chiefs, the worry continues as their defense has taken a big step back since losing Justin Houston. The issue has been in the pass rush, for the most part. Kansas CIty has not been able to generate sacks over the course of the last month and a half or so, and that trend continued against the Colts as they were only able to bring down Andrew Luck once.

Speaking of Luck, he had himself a fairly efficient afternoon and went for 241 yards and a touchdown, with zero interceptions. Where the Colts found success in the passing game, it came by way of a phenomenal day on the ground. The Colts had struggled to run the ball consistently over the course of the last six to eight weeks, but on this occasion they received a big lift from Donald Brown, who ran for 79 yards on 10 carries including a 51 yard touchdown burst.

With the loss, the Chiefs will likely enter the playoffs as a wildcard and, funny enough, face the Colts once more. If the season plays out as most think it might, these two teams will meet again in just two short weeks — this time, in the comfort of Lucas Oil Stadium. The Chiefs’ once-hot start to the year could be cut much shorter than they had envisioned with another meeting between them and Indy, especially since they’ll be on the road this time.

Kansas City’s defense has had a rough go at it over the course of the last month and a half, and Luck seemed to have his offense rolling pretty well. The shocking statistic from the Chiefs’ end was their four turnovers, including three by quarterback Alex Smith. If Kansas City can’t take care of the football and doesn’t find much of a pass rush in two weeks, their season is most certainly coming to an end.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.