- The Indianapolis Colts upset the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, taking the road win 19-13 against one of the best teams in the league.
- The Colts sealed their win by relying on the run game through the fourth quarter, rushing the ball on 17 of their final 19 plays.
- After the game, Colts head coach Frank Reich said quarterback Jacoby Brissett had committed to the run through the final stretch, telling his coach, “let’s go run it down their throats,” according to Peter King at NBC Sports.
- The Colts are one of the most impressive stories of the NFL season through five weeks, with Brissett stepping up in the absence of newly-retired Andrew Luck and the fifth-best rushing attack in the league.
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The Indianapolis Colts pulled off one of the most stunning upsets of the NFL season on Sunday night, giving the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the year.
It was a team effort that helped the Colts to victory, with a stout defense holding what is widely considered the best offense in the league to just 13 points. It was the first time the Chiefs have been held below 26 points since Patrick Mahomes took over as the team’s starting quarterback.
But supporting that defensive effort was an impressive rushing attack from the Colts led by the offensive line and Marlon Mack. He went off for 132 yards on 29 carries and was a key factor in sealing the victory in the fourth quarter.
According to head coach Frank Reich, relying on the run was a part of the plan all along, and a key component of the team’s success was a complete buy-in from quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
After the game, Reich told Peter King of NBC Sports that Brissett had total confidence in Mack and the offensive line to close out the win.
“Before our last series, Jacoby said to me, ‘Hey, let’s go run it down their throats,'” Reich told King.
It had been apparent all day that the Colts best way of attacking the Chiefs defense was on the ground, and Mack made the most of his opportunities.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 7, 2019
The idea of running between the tackles to close out a game might seem a bit quaint in the modern NFL, especially against the mad-dash offensive attack of the Chiefs. But for the Colts, it was the right call, allowing Brissett and the offense to control the clock and tempo of the game’s final stretch.
With the Colts holding a 13-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Indianapolis committed to running the ball with great success.
After taking over possession close to midfield, the Colts worked the clock on a methodical 14-play, 35-yard drive that ate up 8:34 to set up a field goal. When their defense forced a turnover on downs, Indianapolis repeated the attack, forcing the Chiefs to use their timeouts and putting up another field goal to take a two-score lead at 19-10.
By the time the Chiefs got the ball back, they had needed to score twice in the final 2:27 of the game to win but only managed a field goal. The Colts ran the ball on 17 of their last 19 plays from scrimmage and ran the clock and their opponent’s chances out with it.
With the win, the Colts moved to 3-2 on the season — a result Indianapolis fans have to be pleased with after the abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck threatened to cut their hopes before the year even began.