The Chiefs and Colts are scheduled for a 1:00 P.M. Eastern kickoff.
What really hurt the Colts early on was T.Y.
The Chiefs, who were also without injured running back Jamaal Charles, went with Charcandrick West. But on a rollout on first-and-10 from Indianapolis' 22, Smith wavered in deciding when and where he'd slide, resulting in a crushing hit from Jackson.
Kansas City fans remember the last time they played in this stadium as it was the 2013 playoffs in Kansas City was up 38-10 in the third quarter before losing 45-44 and one of the most freaky come backs in playoff history.
The Chiefs have been taking their time working Charles back into game shape, so the setback to the four-time Pro Bowl running back is particularly discouraging. The Chiefs capitalized on the interception, needing just 3 plays and 19 seconds to cover 36 yards on Alex Smith's 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin. "I was just going in for the hit, but then kind of let up and then we went down", Geathers said. Good football player. I think (Indianapolis GM) Ryan (Grigson) bringing him in there, I think, was a big-time move.
The social media traffic about the hits on Smith came from all corners. Shortly after halftime, the team announced that Ware would not return to the game to due the concussion. More blitzing and press coverage will throw off the timing of Reid's offense and pressure Smith into a mistake.
Chiefs OT Mitchell Schwartz will play with sore ankle against Colts
In the first quarter, Smith left the game to be evaluated for a concussion following a hit to the upper body in the first quarter. Today, they lost the the Kansas City Chiefs 30-14 in a game where the team that backpedalled the slowest won the race - again.
When Smith is on his game - and more often than not he's been on lately - he runs the offense with surgical precision. Stopping Travis Kelce will be key but likely a pipe dream considering how awful the Colts linebackers have been in coverage.
The Colts are now 3-4 on the season following a 34-26 win at Tennessee last week. TY Hilton led in receiving with 133 yards and a touchdown in seven catches while Jack Doyle had 78 yards and a touchdown in nine receptions.
Former Colt and current Chief Sio Moore felt pretty good about this win.
KEYS TO THE GAME: Last week, the Kansas City defense played with a bend-don't-break attitude and allowed the Saints a lot of yards but just three touchdowns. Smith lay on the ground for several seconds before he walked off under his own power, but he was declared out for the rest of the game with a concussion. He temporarily left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury and was held out of Thursday's practice with a lingering hip issue.
After advancing to the AFC Championship Game a year after the historic comeback, the Colts (3-4) are just 11-12 in the past two regular seasons. Rookie Joe Haeg will replace him, while Joe Reitz is expected to fill in at right tackle. The Colts' units rank around the middle of the pack when it comes to covering and returning kicks and punts. And receiver Phillip Dorsett sustained an undisclosed injury on the second to last play of the game.