Patrick Mahomes scampered in moments later to give the Colts a 24-7 lead, and snowballs fell like confetti from the upper deck. Here in Kansas City, playoff games have to be viewed through the lens of history, and the soul-crushing postseason heartbreak that has spanned generations of Chiefs fans who remember every January loss in vivid detail.
The Chiefs ran out 31-13 victors to secure home advantage in next week's AFC championship game, with Williams' late score ending any hope of a comeback for the Colts. Five years ago, they blew a 38-10 second-half lead against Luck and the Colts to spoil Andy Reid's first season. "It's a momentum swing and needing those points going into half and (I) didn't come through for us". You hate to end a season like we did. In that contest, Lawrence Tynes missed a 23-yarder for Kansas City. But in the flawless summation of their lousy afternoon, their erstwhile star kicker missed the extra point.
They've had bigger playoff meltdowns against the Colts. Kickoff for the AFC title game is 6:40 Eastern (5:40 Central). For quarterback Andrew Luck, the 29-year-old found it to be a fulfilling campaign despite the end result.