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Colts vs Chiefs Divisional Round: First half open thread

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The moment is upon us. All the analysis stops here and we pit two teams against one another to see who comes out ahead on the other side. The weather won’t be ideal. The stadium will undoubtedly be rocking.

On offense it is essential that the Colts get a hot start, putting points on the board early and not allowing the Chiefs to establish an early lead and sink into their comfortable kind of game. Keeping a balanced attack and playing mistake-free football will be crucial to getting out with a win.

For the defense, the biggest thing they can do is play sound football, know their responsibilities, and keep the plays in front of them. If they crash down to the ball hard and don’t let the Chiefs make explosive plays they will force them to be patient and make long, methodical drives down the field.

If the Colts can win the turnover battle and eliminate costly penalties, they could just pull out an incredible upset and keep this season rolling.