The path to the Super Bowl in the ​AFC officially goes through Kansas City. 


On a wintry night in which they fully dictated terms and never trailed, the Chiefs brought the heat early and often against the Indianapolis Colts, cruising to a 31-13 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

​Patrick Mahomes received the bulk of the headlines during the year, but it was unsung running back Damien Williams who carried the heaviest load on the day. He carried 25 times for 129 yards, scoring the opening touchdown on the first drive of the game with a sweet, elusive run that was, in so many ways, emblematic of everything that was to come.


The Colts put 13 points on the board, but don't give them too much credit. Their first touchdown came off a blocked punt recovered in the end zone, and legendary kicker ​Adam Vinatieiri missed a field goal and an extra point (!). Andrew Luck's season ends with a dud. The Colts surprisingly only ran 50 offensive plays from scrimmage, and just couldn't sustain drives. Really, they got manhandled.

There's just something about these Chiefs. They now await the winner of Sunday's Patriots-Chargers tilt with a chance to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in four decades.