Chiefs, Mahomes primed for shootout with Colts, Luck

The Kansas City Chiefs were not students of history this week.Reminders, however, were frequent and could not be silenced, no matter how hard the Chiefs tried while preparing for a divisional home game Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC playoffs.”We definitely see how (fans) feel, what they’re expecting and things like that,” said Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller. “That’s also something that we can’t focus on. We can’t get into all that.”The Chiefs seemingly earned a nice reward, home-field advantage, with the top seed they secured by going 12-4 and winning their third straight AFC West title.Yet the franchise has lost six straight playoff games in Arrowhead Stadium, 11 of its last 12 playoff games overall and won only twice at home in the postseason all-time despite appearing in two of the first four Super Bowls.By contrast, the Colts own two playoff wins in Kansas City and are 4-0 against the Chiefs in the postseason.”Obviously there are a couple of us that played probably in the last one, but most of those (were) a long time ago,” said Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri. “Obviously they are a great team and the number one seed. They have won a lot of games. They’ve got a very explosive offense. They’ve got probably the best returner in the National Football League with number 10 (Tyreek) Hill.”Hill also set a Chiefs receiving record with 1,479 yards and tight end Travis Kelce set a Chiefs record with 103 receptions. They did so largely because of a quarterback who gives Kansas City a different postseason outlook, Patrick Mahomes.In his debut season as a starter, Mahomes captivated the league by passing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns as the Chiefs led the NFL in yards per game (425.6), scoring (35.3) and yards per play (6.84).Enough that at the end of the final regular-season home game, a 35-3 win over Oakland, Chiefs fans were chanting, “MVP.””I am pretty sure it won’t be the last time with that guy,” said linebacker Justin Houston.Yet Mahomes is aware of how the playoffs carry a different feel. He learned that a year ago, watching from the sideline when the Chiefs suffered another inexplicable home defeat, blowing an 18-point halftime lead and falling 22-21 to the Tennessee Titans.

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