This might be more of a one-sided rivalry, but it’s hard not to feel some animosity in this matchup.
It is a well-known fact that, prior to this most recent season, the Chiefs were on a 21-year playoff losing streak. During that span of time, the Chiefs lost 8 playoff games. Who were 4 of those losses to? The Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts seem to have had the Chiefs’ playoff kryptonite the last two decades. Some of the best seasons Kansas City has had in that span of time have been ended by the Colts. Two of which stick out the most and still sting to this day.
The Chiefs traveled to Indianapolis in the Wild Card round of the 2013-14 playoffs with an 11-5 record. Kansas City were the favorites going into the game, and they played that way the first half, taking a 38-10 lead into halftime. Then it all went downhill as the Colts mounted a monstrous comeback, ultimately winning the game 45-44 and breaking the hearts of Chiefs Kingdom.
A similar situation happened a decade earlier. The 2003 Chiefs entered the playoffs 13-3, winning the AFC West and earning the second seed in the AFC. Kansas City seemed poised for their best chance at the Super Bowl since the Hank Stram era, but that was cut short thanks to the Colts. Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns and the Colts ended the hopes of the Chiefs with a 38-31 win at Arrowhead Stadium.