Chiefs Prepare For Playoffs In Indy

By: Kansas City Chiefs Media, Posted by Justin Surrency
By: Kansas City Chiefs Media, Posted by Justin Surrency

Kansas City, Mo. – For the first time since the 2010 season the Kansas City Chiefs will
participate in the NFL’s postseason, as the club travels to Indianapolis to face the Colts in an AFC Wild Card matchup on Jan. 4, 2014. Kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. CT. Kansas City holds the fifth seed and Indianapolis holds the fourth seed in the AFC.

The Chiefs have faced the Colts three times in postseason play (1996,2004 and 2007). Indianapolis earned victories in all three contests. The teams most recently squared off two weeks ago in Week 16 of the regular season, as the Colts defeated the Chiefs 23-7 at Arrowhead Stadium. This year’s Chiefs team fi nished regular season play with an 11-5 record after fi nishing 2-14 the previous season, completing the greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history. Led by Head Coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs have posted their highest win total since the 2003 season.

This season will mark Reid’s 10th postseason appearance in 15 seasons as an NFL head coach. On the fi eld, eight members of Kansas City’s roster were
named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, tying San Francisco for the highest amount of players from a single roster in the NFL.

The Chiefs have utilized all three phases of football this season. A few key stats help sum up Kansas City’s success. Ball control has been a staple for the club in 2013 as the team had a +18 turnover differential with 36 takeaways and only 18 giveaways. The Chiefs outscored their opponents 430 to 305 (+125). Kansas City led the league in miscellaneous touchdowns with 11 total returns.

Additionally, the team led the NFL in average starting field position, averaging the 33.4 yard-line and ranked fi rst in average opponent starting fi eld position at the 23.2 yard-line. The Chiefs kick return team broke the NFL record for kickoff return average in a single season with a 29.9 yards per return average. Kansas City holds an 8-14 overall record in the postseason. The team’s last playoff win was a road victory in the 1993 AFC Divisional round with a 28-20 victory at Houston (1/16/94).

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