We keep waiting for Patrick Mahomes to stumble.
And he keeps making us look silly.
The 23-year-old, second-year quarterback, in his first game in the postseason, was freakishly good, again, as the Kansas City Chiefs ran out 31-13 winners over the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead to book their place in the AFC Championship game.
Mahomes was the calmest guy out there, and made a Colts defence that all but shut down the Houston Texans last week, look rather subpar.
The Chiefs had a 24-7 lead at half-time; Mahomes, a surprisingly strong showing from the Kansas City defence, and Adam Vinatieri’s 23-yard field goal miss, to thank for it.
Kansas had lost six straight home playoff games going into this one, but they put some less than ideal history behind them in a convincing Divisional Round win.
Mahomes threw for 278 yards and rushed for a touchdown; the Chiefs scoring four rushing TDs in the game.
Damien Williams ran for 129 yards and a TD, Tyreek Hill and Darrel Williams got into the end zone too, as the Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the first time in five playoff meetings to earn their first AFC title game appearance since January 1994.
Five years ago, they blew a 38-10 second-half lead against Luck and the Colts to spoil Andy Reid’s first season.
Not this time.
Not with this Kansas City quarterback.
After shattering nearly every franchise passing record, Mahomes picked up right where he left off in his regular-season finale. He led the Chiefs on touchdown drives of 90 and 70 yards to open the game, quickly identified a favourite target in Travis Kelce, and shook off a banged-up knee to scramble for a touchdown late in the first half to give his team a big cushion.
Andrew Luck and Indy were kept bizarrely quiet. The Colts O-line couldn’t back up a big performance last week, and the Chiefs secondary really stepped up to support their stars upfront.
Vinatieri missed from 23 yards, and went 1-for-2 on extra points.
The Colts went three-and-out on their first four possessions, were outgained 185-12 in the first quarter, and Luck didn’t complete a pass until he found T.Y Hilton early in the second.
Their lone bright spot came when Zach Paschal recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Even when the Colts caught a break and Sammy Watkins fumbled the ball to them late in the third quarter, they were quick to give it back. Dee Ford stripped Luck and fellow linebacker Justin Houston plopped on the ball, ruining another red-zone opportunity.
The Colts finally scored an offensive touchdown with 5:31 left in the game; Luck connecting with T.Y. Hilton.
Luck was held to 203 yards passing, while Marlon Mack was a non-factor on the ground. He had 46 yards rushing before leaving late in the fourth quarter with a hip injury.
Kansas City will now host the winner of the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers showdown.
Published by Staff Writers, 13th January 2019 on foxsports.com.au