With first home playoff win in 25 years, Chiefs one more Arrowhead win from Super Bowl

The last time the Kansas City Chiefs won a playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, it was Jan. 8, 1994. Led by Joe Montana, the Chiefs won on an overtime field goal by Nick Lowery. Lowery is now 62 years old.

Pat Mahomes had just finished his second major-league season, pitching for the Minnesota Twins. About 20 months later Mahomes had a son, Patrick II.

There has been a lot of heartache for Chiefs fans since that playoff win, particularly at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs were dealt six straight home playoff losses. That’s an NFL record. From 1994 to Saturday they had one playoff win, period, against an overmatched Houston Texans team in the wild-card round three seasons ago.

None of that will matter with two more wins. The Chiefs, who blew a second half lead in a home playoff game against the Tennessee Titans last season, kept mauling the Colts in a dominant 31-13 win, snapping that NFL record streak of consecutive home playoff losses. There would be no crazy, heartbreaking loss on Saturday. The Chiefs won, and for the first time ever, Kansas City will host a conference championship game.

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Fans begin to filter in prior to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts at the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts begins to make a kick he would miss at the end of the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks at the crowd after a snowball hit the sidelines during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during a 36-yard touchdown run with 6:28 left in the first quarter of an AFC Divisional Round playoff game game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs on January 12, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Steven Nelson #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends a pass in the end zone from Mo Alie-Cox #81 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is introduced prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Frank Zombo #51 of the Kansas City Chiefs holds his hand up in the air after Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts misses a field goal at the end of the half during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Fireworks are set off during the National Anthem prior to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts at the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks at the crowd after a snowball hit the sidelines during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Gehrig Dieter #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs tries to pump up the crowd after a play against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Derrick Nnadi #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a defensive stop against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Harrison Butker #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs points to the sky after a successful point after attempt against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Anthony Hitchens #53 and teammate Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a defensive stop against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts misses a would be field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of the second quarter of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Euilitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Eric Ebron #85 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Charvarius Ward #35 and Jordan Lucas #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Sammy Watkins #14 of the Kansas City Chiefs stiff arms George Odum #30 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Euilitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs avoids the diving tackle attempt of Kenny Moore #23 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Euilitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) breaks away and takes it in for the touchdown during the AFC Divisional Round game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs on January 12, 2019, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City MO. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs tries to avoid the diving tackle attempt of Al-Quadin Muhammad #97 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Euilitt/Getty Images)
Jan 12, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich talks to field judge Steve Zimmer (33) during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 12, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) looses his shoe while running the ball against Indianapolis Colts linebacker Skai Moore (55) during the third quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 12, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir (35) makes an interception on a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the third quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 12, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs the ball against Indianapolis Colts defensive end Margus Hunt (92) during the third quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers couldn’t have watched Saturday’s game on a snow-littered field and been too excited about the prospect of going to Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday. The Chiefs’ home stadium is loud, perhaps the loudest outdoor venue in the NFL (we hear your objection, Seattle fans). Cars were lined up outside the stadium on Saturday, hours before parking lots even opened. For next week’s AFC title game, fans might start to line up on Monday.

The crowd next Sunday will be insane, as it hopes to see the Chiefs get to the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl IV. And this Chiefs team, led by dynamic future MVP Mahomes, is just as intimidating after what it did to the Colts.

Chiefs started fast against Colts

The first drive let everyone know what kind of game it would be. As they’ve done most of the season, the Chiefs were practically unstoppable right out of the gate.

There was an 11-yard pass to Tyreek Hill, a 16-yard play to Travis Kelce, then 34 yards to Sammy Watkins. The drive ended with a really nice 10-yard run by Damien Williams. The Chiefs led 7-0 and it was surprisingly easy. The entire afternoon ended up being easy.

This is what the Chiefs have done all season. Mahomes became the second quarterback ever to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season. Mahomes is fantastically talented, but he also has countless weapons to work with, and Reid has done an outstanding job with Mahomes and the offense.

The concern with the Chiefs late in the season was whether their defense could keep pace, and that was no problem on Saturday.

Chiefs defense dominated entire game

It’s rare to see a good offense look as bad as Indianapolis did on Saturday. Through the first 28 minutes against the Chiefs, the Colts had 21 yards and no first downs. The only points they had into the fourth quarter came on a blocked punt.

The Chiefs’ pass rush often bothered Andrew Luck, which was shocking considering how well the Colts protected Luck all season. Kansas City allowed virtually nothing in the run game. And when Luck did have time to throw, his receivers got no separation.

In a way it seemed reminiscent of the 2006 Colts. That year, a bad Indianapolis defense simply flipped a switch and played very well through the playoffs, as that team led by Peyton Manning brought home a Super Bowl. The Chiefs defense hadn’t looked this good all season, and then against a hot offense led by Luck, it suddenly looked great.

Before we talk about the Chiefs pulling a 2006 Colts, they have to win an AFC championship game against the Chargers or Patriots next Sunday. But that game will be at Arrowhead Stadium. And with the way the Chiefs looked on Saturday, they’re going to be tough to beat.

Chiefs fans have waited a long time for this. Rest up your vocal cords Kansas City, you have a big game coming next week.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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