Kansas City Chiefs (2-12) vs. Indianapolis Colts (9-5)
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 - 12:00 p.m. CT Arrowhead Stadium
Play-by-Play: Bill Macatee - Color: Steve Tasker
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network - KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
Chiefs Spanish Radio
La Gran D (1340 AM) - Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales - Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso - Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts meet in an AFC matchup on Sunday, Dec. 23. Kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT. The Chiefs are returning home after two consecutive road contests in Cleveland and then Oakland. Indianapolis is in the playoff hunt and controls its own destiny for a Wild Card spot.
The Chiefs enter Sunday’s game with a 2-12 record after falling 15-0 to the Oakland Raiders last Sunday at O.co Coliseum. Kansas City’s defense kept Oakland out of the end zone, holding the Raiders to five fi eld goals, however the club was unable to find rhythm offensively and Oakland ended two Kansas City red zone scoring threats with stops on fourth down.
Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster led the team in receptions with a career-high seven catches for 59 yards. Defensively, safety Eric Berry led the club with 11 tackles and linebacker Brandon Siler forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow linebacker Justin Houston. On special teams, punter Dustin Colquitt booted four punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, giving him 41 on the season, tying his own club record and leaving him two shy of breaking the NFL’s all-time record for punts inside the 20.
With two games remaining to decide their postseason fate, the Colts enter Sunday’s contest with a 9-5 record. Currently, Indianapolis holds the fifth seed, a Wild Card spot, in the AFC Playoff picture.
Last Sunday, the Colts visited Reliant Stadium to face their AFC South division rival, the Houston Texans. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck completed 13 of 27 pass attempts for 186 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 61-yard pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in the second quarter. Indianapolis’ defense was unable to overcome 417 yards of total offense by the Texans, including 165 rushing yards by running back Arian Foster. Houston kicker Shane Graham hit fi ve fi eld goals, accounting for 15 points in their 29-17 defeat over Indianapolis.
The Colts are currently 8-3 under Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians. Arians is filling in for Head Coach Chuck Pagano who is fighting leukemia. Sunday’s meeting between the Chiefs and Colts will be the 19th regular season meeting between the club’s and the fi rst at Arrowhead since 2004. The last three contests have been held in Indianapolis.
Kansas City will close out its 2012 campaign in Denver against the Broncos on Dec. 30. The Colts will end their 2012 regular season run at home when they meet the Texans for the second time in three weeks.
CHIEFS-COLTS SERIES HISTORY
Since the AFL-NFL merger, Kansas City and Indianapolis have squared off 21 times in regular and postseason play, with the Colts holding a 13-8-0 advantage. In regular season action, the Colts hold a 10-8 edge against Kansas City. Indianapolis also owns victories in all three of the postseason meetings between the teams: a 10-7 victory at Arrowhead in a 1995 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/7/96), a 38-31 win at Arrowhead in a 2003 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/11/04) and a 23-8 victory at the RCA Dome in a 2006 AFC Wild Card Game (1/6/07).
Kansas City posted a 5-3 record against the Colts while they were stationed in Baltimore. The Chiefs are 3-9 against the Colts since the franchise relocated to Indianapolis in 1984. Kansas City claimed a 20-7 win in the team’s first-ever meeting vs. the Colts (11/24/85) after the club moved to Indianapolis, snapping a six-game winning streak. The Chiefs are 1-5 on the road vs. the Colts since the team relocated to Indianapolis.
In the last meeting between clubs (10/9/11 at IND), the Chiefs trailed by 17 points, but managed to rally to a 28-24 victory. That win stands as the second largest comeback in franchise history.
The Chiefs last faced the Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 31, 2004. Kansas City’s offense racked up 590 total yards on offense in their 45-35 defeat of the Colts.