Preview: Chiefs at Colts

After all the heartbreaking, gut-wrenching defeats and unlucky breaks this franchise has endured, it seemed very unlikely the Chiefs would be in the playoffs come New Year's Day. But it happened. There will not be any home games, but the Chiefs get to go to Indianapolis to face Peyton Manning and the Colts. Is there a better matchup than this one?

Series History:

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Chiefs and Colts have faced off 17 times in the regular season and playoffs. The Colts lead the series 10-7, 8-7 in the regular season. The most memorable meeting between these two teams came in the 1995 and 2003 playoffs. In both years the Chiefs were 13-3, 8-0 at home, and had the bye week in the first round of the playoffs. The Colts shocked the Chiefs in both games, ruining their Super Bowl aspirations.



The Chiefs defense finished 16th in total defense (328.9), right where many people predicted them to finish, in the middle of the pack. The Chiefs finished 18th in both rush and pass defense (120.5 and 208.4 respectively). The Chiefs finished tied for 11th in points allowed, giving up 19.7 points per game.

On offense, Kansas City finished 16th (321.4). The Chiefs were ninth in rush offense (133.9) but only 22nd in pass offense (187.5). The Chiefs finished 15th in points scored at 20.7 points per game.


The Colts defense has really spiraled downward this season. Indianapolis finished 21st in total defense (332.3), and dead last in rush defense by a large margin (173.0). The Chiefs are the worst matchup the Colts could face this season. They do have the second-ranked pass defense (159.3), but that stat is kind of misleading since most teams don't pass much against the Colts. Indianapolis is giving up 22.5 points per game, 23rd in the NFL

On offense the Colts finished third (379.4), and second in passing offense (269.3). Losing Edgerrin James hurt the Colts a little bit on the ground, as they finished 18th in the NFL is rush offense (110.1). Indianapolis was once again in the top five in scoring offense, finishing tied for second (26.7).

The Facts:

• The Chiefs were one of 11 teams to start the season 0-2, but the only one to bounce back and reach the playoffs.

• Kansas City has yet to win in Indianapolis, where they are 0-3 all time. The Colts have won 20 of their last 21 home games, but are only 2-2 at home in the postseason under Tony Dungy.

• Dating back to 1990, the Chiefs own an NFL best +165 turnover differential, including a league high 570 takes and a league low 405 gives. Kansas City finished with a +4 turnover mark in the 2006 season, and the Chiefs have forced a turnover in 19 straight regular season games, the league's longest active streak.

• Kansas City's defense has only allowed one 300-yard passer this season, and finished 18th in pass defense. The Colts have allowed a league low 15.0 sacks this season.

• The Chiefs finished the 2006 season tied for 11th in scoring defense, the first time the Chiefs have allowed under 20 points per game since 1997. The Chiefs have allowed just 17.1 points per game in their nine victories this season and held 10 of their opponents to 20 points or less.

• 36.4 percent of the Chiefs starters (eight out of 22), have never played in the playoffs.

• Only the Rams have allowed more 100-yard rushers this season than the Colts, who have allowed nine. The Colts have registered a 3-4 record in their last seven games, in which they have actually allowed 190.6 rushing yards per game. In the Colts four regular season losses this year, they allowed a whopping 225.5 rushing yards per game. The Chiefs own a 12-2 record when Larry Johnson rushes for two or more touchdowns in a game. The Colts have allowed 20 rushing touchdowns this season, only one fewer than St. Louis.

Injury Report:


QUESTIONABLE: CB Benny Sapp (hamstring) PROBABLE: QB Trent Green (ankle)


QUESTIONABLE: TE Dallas Clark (knee), DB Nick Harper (ankle), G Ryan Lilja (knee), LB Keith O'Neil (knee), WR Ricky Proehl (hamstring), S Bob Sanders (knee), WR Reggie Wayne (quad)

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