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

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The Packers went 15-1 before sputtering in their first playoff game, against the New York Giants, whose offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, as could be expected, cared only about Green Bay's schemes and personnel and not its defensive rankings. Rodgers is seeing an average of more than 5 targets/game over his last three games and certainly has the opportunity to get us a TD. In his first playoff win, the third-year quarterback completed 15 of 28 passes for 186 yards. Kansas City's Butker suffers a minor injury and that forces Dustin Colquitt to come in and nail a 46-yard field goal.

Running wild: Kareem Hunt was supposed to lead the Chiefs into the playoffs, but he was thrown off the team midway through the season. The Colts fail on the two-point attempt. He also missed an extra point, which would have made it 24-14 in the fourth quarter. Luck and company are unsuccessful on four downs, allowing KC to run out the clock. Rookie undrafted running back Phillip Lindsay ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow rookie Royce Freeman ran for 23 yards and one score. Luck finishes with 349 yards and two touchdowns on 30-for-48 passing.

Meanwhile, the teams that earned upsets last week were the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts in the AFC with the Philadelphia Eagles joining Dallas as winners in the NFC. Gilbride noted how the team's defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton, has tried concealing them with deception, by mixing coverage schemes or calling more two high safety looks, meant to protect them against deep passes. One side has Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, while the other brings Jared Goff and Todd Gurley.

Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald topped the National Football League with 20 1-2 sacks, almost twice as many as Cowboys leader Demarcus Lawrence's 10 1-2.

Quarterback Philip Rivers enters Sunday's game with a 1-7 record against the Patriots, including 0-4 in Foxborough and 0-2 in the playoffs. Earlier in the half, one nearly hit Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez while he was kicking. In that victory, the Chargers recorded seven sacks; only eight teams have had more in a playoff game and San Diego will look to replicate that performance against an increasingly immobile Tom Brady. Anderson rushed for a combined 299 yards in the final two games of the regular season, then provided a ideal complement to Gurley, pounding the ball Saturday to pick up 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys.

Colts: Center Ryan Kelly (knee) left late in the fourth quarter. Yes, they have a high-powered offense led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who may be the League's MVP. After winning the NFC East and beating Seattle last week, Dallas lost in the divisional playoff round for the sixth consecutive time and fell short of its first trip to the NFC championship game since January 1996.

"Sources said that last month there were internal discussions about possibly playing Sunday night and Monday night championship games in the event both the Rams and Chargers hosted conference-title games, with both games being played at the Rams' Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum". Still, Los Angeles hung tough by scoring 35 points of its own, taking it down to the wire until Michael Thomas' 72-yard touchdown with 3:52 to play. Elliott gets 116 yards and a TD on his 32 carries, but also that costly fumble early on.

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