The Kansas City Chiefs faced one of their most difficult tasks all season long- if not the most difficult- on Saturday afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts. Coming into the game having won nine of their last ten, including must-win games on the road two weeks in a row, the Colts would not have been the easiest team to play against, and it would be in the snow, no less. But the Chiefs shook them off with a tremendous showing, and their much-maligned defense helped lead the charge. In the first quarter, they raced out to a 14-0 lead through a strong running game and a defense that just wouldn’t let anything happen against them. By the time the second half rolled around, it was 24-7, and at the end of the day, the Chiefs would take it 31-13 having remained relatively untroubled throughout. Pat Mahomes did have a good game, throwing for 278 yards and rushing for a touchdown, but the biggest takeaway from this game has go to be how well the defense played. It remains to be seen whether or not it can play this way against either the Patriots or the Chargers in next week’s AFC Championship Game, but we know Kansas City will now be at home in their first appearance in that game since all the way back in 1994.
Chalk hadn’t taken much effect ahead of Saturday’s games, but it roared back to life in a big way as the Los Angeles Rams doubled down on the Chiefs’ win to advance to the NFC Championship Game. The home Rams were facing a determined Dallas Cowboys team that wouldn’t go away, but in the end, they did enough to hold on and move to the next round. The game began with the Rams taking the lead on a field goals only to see Dallas grab a 7-3 lead. After that, Dallas would be chasing the rest of the night as the Rams poured it on big time in the second quarter with 17 points to go into the break 20-7. The Cowboys, for their part, did fight back impressively, but it just wasn’t enough. They scored a TD with just over two minutes left to make it 22-30, but they never had the chance to truly close it down any further. The Rams have moved on to the NFC Championship, where they are expected to play on the road to New Orleans. However, they could end up at home to the defending champion Eagles if Philly can pull off yet another upset.
Last but not least, Blake Griffin made his return to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon with the Detroit Pistons, and it was one that went rather well for the former Clipper didn’t disappoint his former fans. They applauded him onto the court and at various other times as he racked up 44 points on the night. He hit 26 of those points in the first half alone, including three 3-pointers for good measure. After all was said and done, though, he said he was glad it was over and he’s ready for the next game so that things can get back to normal for him.