Defense Proves To Be Key As Colts Stun Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Indianapolis Colts were winners over arguably the best team in the NFL last night in the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Colts held Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs high octane offense to just three points in the second half and relied on veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri to hit four field goals en route to a 19-13 win.
"There was something different about this week," said head coach Frank Reich after the game. "I think we all felt it. i could feel it. It was palpable. We just walked in here with a lot of confidence."
The Colts offense ran the ball 45 times with running back Marlon Mack getting the brunt of those carries for 132 rushing yards. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed 18 of his 29 passes for 150 yards and had the Colts only touchdown of the game, a rushing touchdown on the Colts opening possession in the first quarter.
Brissett is quick to credit the Colts strong defensive effort.
"Oh my gosh, it was awesome. You can’t ask for a better job," he said. "The whole group. We had a lot of players that weren’t used to playing and everybody stepped up and played a hell of a game."
Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes had only been sacked four times through the season's first four weeks heading into the game. The Colts defense, still without star linebacker Darius Leonard and pro bowl defensive back Malik Hooker, sacked Mahomes four times last night alone.
It was also a homecoming of sorts for Colts defensive end Justin Houston, who was let go by the Chiefs in the off-season and signed by the Colts. The move left a bitter taste in his mouth which he said he used as motivation.
"I’d be lying to say there wasn’t," said Houston. "It’s like your old girlfriend. If you get a new girlfriend, you want to show her off. To come here and get a win, it means a lot to me – and to the team as well."
The Colts improve to 3-2 on the season with the win while the Chiefs were dealt their first loss of the season to drop to 4-1. The Colts carry the win into their bye week next weekend ahead of their next game against their division rival in the Houston Texans in two weeks.
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