Chiefs roll past Colts 31-13 to reach AFC title game

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates a touchdown with running back Damien Williams. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Colts in his postseason debut, the Chiefs defense answered their chorus of critics with a stout performance, and Kansas City rolled to a 31-13 victory over Indianapolis in the divisional round Saturday to end 25 years of playoff frustration.

Mahomes threw for 278 yards while running for a touchdown, and Damien Williams ran for 129 yards and another score, as the Chiefs beat Indianapolis for the first time in five playoff meetings to earn their first AFC title game appearance since January 1994.

"Wow. I wasn't expecting it to end today, wasn't expecting it to end today. I knew we were going up against a very good team, a very well coached team, but it's hard to lose," said Frank Reich, Colts coach. "It's hard to lose when you come this far with the team we have and the guys we have. So, credit to the chiefs, they out-coached us, they outplayed us, we gave them too many opportunities too many self-inflicted mistakes on our part and that's hard to overcome."

Andrew Luck was disappointed in his performance, but also proud of what the team accomplished this year.

"It's been a rewarding season in many ways and that was not the ending anyone in the locker room wanted, myself included. We wanted to go 1 and oh this week and continue on this journey. But I'm thankful that I can play football, I'm thankful to be in a locker room, thankful to run on the field and throw it to my friends, it was a rewarding season, a fulfilling season," said Luck. "I think I improved as a quarterback, very much so and I know I've got a lot more improving to do."

Andrew Luck was held to 203 yards passing for the Colts, 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.

The AFC West champions will play the winner of Sunday's game between the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots next weekend for a spot in the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

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