2014 NFL playoffs, Chiefs vs. Colts: Kansas City hoping seventh time's a charm

Jamie Squire

The Chiefs travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in the AFC wild card round, now we take a trip back to look at the playoff past of both teams.

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Saturday marks the fourth time in playoff history the Chiefs and Colts have met in the playoffs, and the second time they face off in the wild card round. Everything is on the line in Indianapolis, now we look at each team's history.

Kansas City Chiefs


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Playoff record: 3-9

Wild card record: 2-6

Last playoff appearance: Jan. 9, 2011 vs. Baltimore Ravens (loss)

Last playoff win: Jan. 16, 1993 vs. Houston Oilers

Best playoff result: Super Bowl IV champions (1969 season)

The drought in Kansas City has been long, dropping six playoff games in a row -- including two wild card appearances in 2011 and 2007.

Head-to-head playoff games between these sides haven't been kind to the Chiefs. Peyton Manning controlled the tempo in 2004, throwing for three touchdowns. He struggled in the second meeting between the sides in 2007, when he threw three interceptions, but the Colts managed to win on the back of running back Joseph Addai who had a big game to steady the team's offense.

Indianapolis has been largely unkind to the Chiefs, who hold a 1-4 record since the Colts relocated from Baltimore.

Indianapolis Colts


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Playoff record: 11-14

Wild card record: 4-6

Last playoff appearance: Jan. 6, 2013 vs. Baltimore Ravens (loss)

Last playoff win: Jan. 24, 2010 vs. New York Jets

Best playoff result: Super Bowl XLI champions (2006 season)

Records as of 1984, following move to Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts enjoyed huge playoff success and a Super Bowl win with Manning at the helm, but are still in the infancy of the Andrew Luck era. Expectations were high for the now-second year quarterback, and he's lived up to much of the hype -- except of getting that signature first playoff win.

Despite the move from Manning to Luck this team is very similar. The Colts live and die by the pass, without a reliable running back to steady the offense. Early attempts to integrate Trent Richardson into the offense failed, and instead of continuing to bash their heads against a wall the Colts moved to more shotgun passing. The result was a turnaround in the team's confidence and they are prepared for the playoffs.

Can the past teach us anything?

Not really. In this case it's two young teams in different stages of rebuilding.

The Colts won an impressive game over Kansas City when these sides met earlier in the season, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid has an abundance of playoff experience from his time in Philadelphia. Leaning too much on a regular season result is a surefire way to be proved wrong in the playoffs, where teams have a tendency to look very different and a premium is placed on defense.

A total of 13 years have passed since these teams last won a playoff game, and there will be plenty of emotion between both sides to secure a first win for their respective coaches. It will be a hugely important game for the AFC playoff picture moving forward.

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