The 2013 regular NFL season just ended for the Kansas City Chiefs following what would have been a likely win against the San Diego Chargers, but denied because of a missed penalty against the Chargers’ offense. Water under the bridge, and it didn’t change the Chiefs’ No. 5 seeding whatsoever.
On to bigger and better things for the Chiefs in the postseason, beginning with an away game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Both teams are 11-5, and for the Chiefs, this is the first time in three seasons they’ve been to the playoffs. Let’s not even think about their 2-14 season last year.
The Kansas City game against the Colts will mark the fourth time the two teams have faced off as opening postseason opponents, and the Chiefs are running at 0-3 for their previous three matchups. Will this year continue the same trend for the Chiefs?
Week 16 saw the Colts defeat the Chiefs 23-7 at Arrowhead Stadium, and Kansas City did not look to be in top form that game. This could prove to be the Chiefs’ chance to bounce back and show they’re the better team as the playoffs get underway.
It’s difficult to determine exactly what to expect from Saturday’s matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium. Note that this time around, the Chiefs will have key players offensive tackle Branden Albert, linebacker Justin Houston and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe ready to hit the ground running. Only Albert and Bowe played in the regular season game between Kansas City and Indianapolis.
While the Colts may seem better equipped to face better teams in the playoffs (in the regular season they beat the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and the Chiefs), Kansas City is ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive scoring NFL-wide, and therefore, appears to be a better-balanced opponent. The Chiefs have also had an impressive 6-2 record on the road this season, and sport one of the league’s best return squads and special teams coverage.
We can expect a worthwhile showdown to watch this weekend.