The Colts and Chiefs have shared a unique non-divisional rivalry. From 1995-2013, the Chiefs had played in only six postseason games, with four of them against the Colts. Embarrassingly, the Chiefs lost every one of those matchups. The worst of the four losses was in 2013, when the Chiefs committed the second biggest collapse in NFL playoff history: Leading by 28 points midway through the 3rd quarter, the Chiefs allowed the Colts to go on a 35-6 run to end the game. The Chiefs lost 44-45. This is their first head-to-head matchup since that (un)forgettable playoff game — depending on who you are talking to. However, this week’s game is more important than any win streak or redemption story. Both teams are fighting to stay alive in their divisional race.
The Colts have experienced one of the most prolific eras in NFL history, including winning Super Bowl XLI in 2006. Having superstar quarterback Peyton Manning under center for 14 seasons, then seamlessly transitioning to Andrew Luck after Manning’s departure in 2012, is a franchise miracle. Luck’s arrival four seasons ago maintained the Colts high level of play and success they were accustomed to with Manning, advancing to the playoffs three times in four seasons. Despite all the franchise’s success with Luck, this season has been different. Poor coaching and drafting, little talent, and no roster depth has caught up with the team and resulted in a disappointing 3-4 start to the season, and, more importantly, an unclear long-term future for the franchise’s success. Simply put, the Colts are wasting a generational talent in Luck. He is so good that despite all the roster holes, with him under center, the Colts can compete against anyone. Playing at home against a familiar rival, hopes are high to win — and for good reason.
Conversely, the Chiefs have not shared anywhere near the same success as the Colts. A significant reason why is because the Chiefs have had a carousel of crappy to average quarterbacks. (I’m looking at you, Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Brody Croyle, the list goes on — yikes.) However, times have changed at Arrowhead. Since Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid joined the organization in 2013, the franchise has experienced a level of stability not seen since the mid-90s. From general manager to ballboy, the Chiefs have a renewed and respected identity throughout the NFL. The front office’s stability has spilled over into on field success. Since the franchise turnover in 2013, the Chiefs have brought in a elite “game manager” in Alex Smith, drafted well — CB Marcus Peters, TE Travis Kelce — found undrafted hidden gems — RB Spencer Ware, S Ron Parker — and developed talent — LT Eric Fisher, LG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif — resulting in a 31-17 record in three seasons. After winning eleven games in a row, including their first playoff victory in over 20 years last season, both franchise and fan expectations are understandably high. The 2016 team has the makings of Super Bowl contender, and many NFL experts see this team making a deep playoff run. This is a deep, talented team. Do not sleep on the Chiefs.
This Sunday’s matchup is one of the NFL’s hottest tickets as both teams are vying to legitimize their claim atop their divisions. The implications of this game will have a ripple effect throughout the NFL. The AFC West (Chiefs) is a logjam of premier teams, while the AFC South (Colts) is completely up for grabs. There is a lot to play for for both teams. Both Chiefs and Colts fans are aware of the consequences this game poses to their team’s seasons and are flocking to purchase tickets. With a get-in price of only $33, this is an inexpensive must-see game. TickPick has seen 33% surge in ticket sales in the last two days alone. There is high expectations that ticket sales will increase as the game gets closer. Tickets for Chiefs vs. Colts are only going to get more scarce and expensive, so be sure to get yours from TickPick, where there are no buyer fees. Do not miss this game as two playoff-caliber teams will battle for a shot at a their division.