Not even two weeks ago, the Indianapolis Colts traveled to Kansas City and soundly beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead by the final score of 23-7. For their playoff matchup, the Chiefs will have to travel to Indianapolis as they look for their first playoff victory since January 1994.
This is familiar territory for the Colts—they made it this far last year only to lose to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 24-9. The Colts had to go on the road last year, but they will host the Chiefs at 4:35 p.m. ET on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium this time around.
If the Colts lose in the first round again, quarterback Andrew Luck would follow in the footsteps of the man he replaced. Peyton Manning actually had three first-round exits before finally winning a playoff game.
The Chiefs' last six trips to the playoffs resulted in first-round exits, including a 23-8 loss in Indianapolis to Manning’s Colts in 2006. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has never started a road playoff game, but only a Kyle Williams fumbled kickoff return in overtime kept his team from making the Super Bowl after the 2011 season.
History, while fun, doesn’t have any real impact on this game. Even the Colts’ victory over the Chiefs a couple weeks ago doesn’t give them a real advantage in the rematch because things can change. What does have an impact in the game is how the players and coaches perform on the NFL’s biggest stage.
So how do the two teams stack up at every key spot?