Three numbers that mattered in Kansas City Chiefs’ 20-17 loss vs. Indianapolis Colts

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Here are three numbers that helped determine the result of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 20-17 loss vs. the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.


The Chiefs had a potential game-clinching stop in the fourth quarter ... and then gave the Colts a free set of downs because of some words.

After a Nick Bolton sack on third down, Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones continued to talk to Indianapolis quarterback Matt Ryan, and the official threw a late flag for an unsportsmanlike conduct to give the Colts a free first down.

Without that, Indianapolis would’ve had fourth-and-14 and almost assuredly had to punt with 4:48 left. Instead, the Colts used the get-out-of-jail-free card to continue on for the game-winning touchdown.


The game — if we’re being honest — turned very early after the Colts showed no life on their first three-and-out.

Indianapolis punted, but Kansas City rookie Skyy Moore muffed the catch to give it up inside the Chiefs 10.

The play cost Kansas City 6.5 expected points according to the — the biggest swing of the entire game. The Colts capitalizing with a touchdown, if nothing else, changed the game’s momentum early.

11 & 32

Eleven is how many yards the Chiefs needed on a fourth down early in the fourth quarter when they attempted an ill-fated fake field goal, as holder Tommy Townsend threw an incomplete pass to tight end Noah Gray.

It was a questionable decision in the moment, even considering that fill-in kicker Matt Ammendola had previously missed an extra point. Advanced models had the Chiefs winning 84% of the time if they attempted a 41-yard field goal and 79% if they went for the first down.

Then again ... maybe coach Andy Reid could see what was coming. Later, Ammendola missed a 34-yard field goal wide left as the Chiefs special teams had their worst day in years.