Jan. 11 (Bulletinstandard) — Andy Reid has by no means gained a Tremendous Bowl as a head coach. Patrick Mahomes has by no means gained one as a beginning quarterback, although this may mark first stab on the playoffs.
And the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have not been to the Tremendous Bowl since 1970.
Reid, Mahomes and the remaining are hoping to vary all that beginning Saturday, after they host the Indianapolis Colts within the AFC playoffs.
The Colts are coming off a wild-card highway win over the Houston Texans. The Chiefs are enjoying their first recreation because the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Kickoff is schedule for 4:35 p.m. EST.
Mahomes, the clear chief AFC prime rookie honors, says he is not feeling the stress of getting to carry out in his first crack on the postseason.
“I’ve an enormous benefit right here that I’ve a whole lot of nice teammates that may make a whole lot of performs,” he instructed reporters. “I haven’t got to attempt to do an excessive amount of. Simply get the ball out of my arms. Get it to Tyreek (Hill), get it to (Travis) Kelce, get it to all these guys who could make performs and allow them to do what they’ve been doing all season lengthy. That is the largest factor, not making an attempt to do an excessive amount of.”
Mahomes shattered all kinds of rookie data, throwing for greater than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.
The man taking snaps behind middle for the Colts is not too shabby, both. After a season of being sidelined with main accidents, Andrew Luck flung 39 landing passes to elevate the Colts from a 1-5 begin to the place they’re in the present day.
Together with all that, just like the Chiefs with Kelce, the Colts have their very own true risk at tight finish, as Eric Ebron caught 13 TD passes — trailing solely Pittsburgh vast receiver Antonio Brown for tops within the NFL.
However maybe the important thing to profitable will which protection can come to life. The Colts have been wonderful at speeding the passer, however struggled in each different space. The Chiefs have been hit and miss, letting Mahomes and the offense do many of the work.
They know they must attempt to be within the face of Luck, who typically has numerous time to survey the sphere behind a staunch offensive line that allowed simply 18 sacks in the course of the common season.
“Based mostly on the numbers, it should be very difficult,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton instructed reporters. “It is like something, we could have our possibilities. We’ve to benefit from it.”