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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes in relief
of the injured Alex Smith to help the Kansas City Chiefs hold off
Indianapolis 30-14 on Sunday.
It was a rough game for the Chiefs, who lost Smith twice after hits
to the head and finished the game with Charcandrick West as their
only healthy running back.
Smith was checked for a concussion in the first half and cleared to
return, which he did in the second quarter. He left again early in
the third quarter after Clayton Geathers shoved Smith’s head to the
turf as the quarterback tried to slide underneath the tackle.
Smith was then diagnosed with a concussion and did not return.
”You call it the way that you’ve practiced it and you go in and
let them go and let them play,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.
Somehow, both quarterbacks kept the Chiefs’ offense in sync.
Foles’ 14-yard TD pass to Travis Kelce early in the second quarter
made it 10-0. Smith made it 17-7 at halftime with a 13-yard TD pass
to Jeremy Maclin, and after Smith’s second departure, Foles hooked
up with Tyreek Hill on a 34-yard scoring pass for a 24-7 lead.
This time, the Chiefs (5-2) prevented Andrew Luck from pulling off
another comeback – similar to the previous time these teams met in
Luck has three come-from-behind wins this season and tried to
deliver another one Sunday. but never got close enough to make it a
Foles was 16 of 22 for 223 yards with no interceptions.
Luck finished 19 of 35 with 210 yards, two touchdowns, one
interception and one fumble lost for the Colts (3-5).
”I struggled,” Luck said. ”I think every offensive player in the
room felt like we let each other down.”
SOCIAL MEDIA CONCERN
The social media traffic about the hits on Smith came from all
corners. Some fans questioned whether Geathers intentionally drove
Smith’s head into the turf to knock him out of the game. Former
Colts linebacker Gary Brackett wrote on Twitter that whoever
cleared Smith to return should be fired, while the television
announcers questioned the play call because of Smith’s previous
injury. Even Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, piped in – questioning how
many hits it takes to draw a flag. Smith took several hits to the
head in last week’s game that weren’t called.
TROUBLE WITH TRAVIS
Travis Kelce exposed an old flaw in the Colts’ defense, covering
tight ends. The Colts struggled with that all of last season, and
Kelce took advantage again Sunday. He matched his season high with
six receptions in the first half and finished with seven catches
for 101 yards, both season highs.
After better starts each of the past two weeks, the Colts reverted
to their old form against the Chiefs. Not only did they trail 17-7
at halftime, they were lucky it wasn’t worse given that Kansas City
had a 4 1/2-minute advantage in time of possession in the first
half, settled for a 33-yard field goal and missed a 28-yarder.
Chiefs: In addition to Smith, starting running back Spencer Ware
missed the second half with a concussion. Ware started in place of
Jamaal Charles , who was inactive because of swelling in his
surgically repaired knee. Left guard Parker Ehinger also left in
the second half with a right knee injury and did not return.
Colts: The Colts began the game without three starters and got hit
even harder during the game. Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis and
right tackle Joe Reitz both left with concussions and did not
return. Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton returned after hurting his
hamstring, but struggled. And receiver Phillip Dorsett left with an
undisclosed injury on the second to last play of the game.