In a surprising turn of events though, Schwartz appears like he will play this week against the Indianapolis Colts. Or maybe it's just dumb, stupid, plain-old back luck. They can not avoid injuries - specifically concussions - and they can not avoid this weird confluence of big, momentum-turning plays. If the Chiefs want to move on into the post-season they need to step up in games outside of Arrowhead - a place where they have not tasted defeat this season.
They did it despite the signs of a repeat "14 wild-card performance being eerily present early".
The Chiefs did an excellent job eliminating big plays by the Colts.
Smith took a shot to head during the first series from Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and left the game. And he's certain the rally against the Chiefs won't have any bearing on this year's game. With Jamaal Charles still working his way back from his torn ACL in 2015, Kansas City's depth at running back is being tested. Alex Smith completed 17 of 24 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chiefs. Giovani Bernard took a handoff 8 yards to the end zone to cap a seven-play, 36-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7 with 4 minutes still left in the opening quarter.
Luck attempted to throw a pass to receiver Donte Moncrief along the sideline, but the ball was too far inside and Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines intercepted it at the Colts' 36-yard line. The Colts' run game decided to make an appearance in week 7 as Frank Gore led the way with 61 yards on 17 carries while also catching 5 balls out of the backfield for 22 yards and a touchdown.
But as stinging as that defeat was in January 2014, the Chiefs have rebounded nicely. But he returned later in the half after being cleared. By the way, quarterback Alex Smith knows the two have been itching for more targets.
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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. Surely, the Colts are using that as proof good things can happen after a bad start.
That would end up being the final score, as the Colts' defense would help wrap up the second biggest comeback in National Football League playoff history on the Chiefs' ensuing drive - they wouldn't get closer than the Indianapolis 43-yard line.
But the Colts, true to form, would not stay down long. Kansas City led that one 38-10 early in the third quarter in its most recent trip to Indianapolis before giving up 35 second-half points. Spencer Ware led in rushing with 77 yards in 17 attempts while Tyreek Hill had 23 yards in two carries.
Charles also struggled in practice prior to last weekend's game against New Orleans and wound up playing just two snaps, including one carry for zero yards. Today, they lost the the Kansas City Chiefs 30-14 in a game where the team that backpedalled the slowest won the race - again.
Colts: The Colts began the game without three starters and got hit even harder during the game.