The NFL Divisional Round kicks off this Saturday, with a game that will probably be the most competitive of the entire weekend. The Indianapolis Colts look to ride their wave of momentum as they head into Arrowhead Stadium to take on the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs.
Whether you know it or not, both teams have some playoff history that is rather lopsided.
The Colts and Chiefs have met in the playoffs four times, and Indianapolis has emerged victorious in each game.
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In their first matchup, the 13-3 Chiefs lost thanks to three missed field goals from kicker Lin Elliott, which included the potential game-tying boot.
Then there was their meeting in 2004, where both teams were locked in a shootout, which saw no punts throughout the game. Unfortunately for Kansas City, the defense was unable to contain quarterback Peyton Manning, who helped knock off yet another 13-3 Chiefs team. In 2007, Manning defeated the Chiefs yet again, en route to a Super Bowl XLI victory.
Last, but certainly not least, was the team's meeting back in 2014. The Chiefs found themselves with a 38-10 lead in the second half, taking advantage of three Andrew Luck interceptions. Luck would lead the charge, which was capped off by him scooping up a Donald Brown fumble and diving across the goal line to give the Colts a thrilling 45-44 win.
This matchup will be different. Luck will have to out-duel Patrick Mahomes, who has shown he can make plays in a variety of ways with his arm. The Colts hold the advantage defensively, which means Mahomes will have to keep the Chiefs in the game.
Get ready for Saturday afternoon, as the Chiefs look to end their playoff woes from the team against the team from the Crossroads of America.