Much to their chagrin and that of their fans, the Kansas City Chiefs have not been to the playoffs in three years, and have not won a playoff game in 20. The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game was in 1994 against the Tennessee Titans, which back then were known as the Houston Oilers. Kansas City’s running tally in the playoffs is 0-7 since then, with three of those losses against AFC South champions the Indianapolis Colts.
Kansas City goes to Indianapolis Saturday to face the Colts again for the Wild Card playoff game, to take the opportunity to redeem themselves from the past 20 years of their playoff history.
There are reasons to look forward to a Chiefs victory.
For one, the Chiefs are rockstars on the road this season, sporting a 6-2 record away from Arrowhead Stadium, one of the very best on-the-road records in the NFL. They have a natural talent for controlling the clock, for stopping the opposing offense in its tracks and they don’t give up many turnovers.
They also have their star offensive player running back Jamaal Charles, who along with quarterback Alex Smith, have brought the best out of the Chiefs offense this season. Charles and Smith are well-rested since the last time Kansas City met Indy in Week 16. Hopefully Chiefs head coach Andy Reid utilizes Charles more than he did in that disappointing 23-7 loss to the Colts.
Also returning to the gridiron refreshed and renewed will be the entire Chiefs starting defense, who since earlier in the season when the Chiefs were 9-0, have seemed to lack their same drive and verve. Their defensive swagger will be back and will be dangerous against the Colts this weekend.
Kickoff in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium is at 3:35 p.m. CST, and fans of both teams can look forward to an epic playoff game.