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Colts Stun Chiefs 20-17 With 24 Seconds Left

With 24 seconds left, rookie Jelani Woods scored his second touchdown of the game (and of his NFL career), and thousands of loser pool players were eliminated across the country as the Indianapolis Colts upset the Kansas City Chiefs 20-17 in Indianapolis.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Kansas City’s Chris Jones gave the Colts new life on the game-winning drive. Originally, a Nick Bolton sack had Indy facing 4th-and-14, but the penalty on Jones gave the Colts a first down.

From there, Matt Ryan led Indy the final 54 yards over the next 4:24, where the game culminated with a 12-yard completion from Ryan to Woods. Kansas City’s last gasp made it to the Indianapolis 46-yard line, before a Patrick Mahomes pass was intercepted to seal the win.

 

It is a momentous win for Ryan, playing the first season of a potential Hall of Fame career outside of Atlanta. It is his first win leading the Colts, who could share the AFC South lead depending on the result of the Jacksonville vs. Los Angeles Chargers game later Sunday.

The quarterback threw for 222 yards and the pair of touchdowns to Woods, the only catches of the game for the third-round tight end.

It was a surprisingly unproductive day for Mahomes and the Kansas City offense, which managed only 257 passing yards and was held to just over two yards a rush on 23 carries. Kansas City punted on three of its first four drives, and was stopped in the red zone twice, settling for field goal attempts both times.

A pair of K.C. special teams miscues helped lead to the outcome, as well. The second of those red zone field goal attempts, from 34 yards out, was missed by kicker Matt Ammendola, filling in for injured kicker Harrison Butker.

The drive before it was just outside the red zone as well for the Chiefs, who had a 41-yard field goal attempt while leading by four. But Andy Reid elected to run a fake punt instead, and punter Tommy Townsend overthrew tight end Noah Gray (the play would not have counted even if completed, a flag was thrown for an ineligible downfield pass.)

Kansas City could range anywhere from first to third in the AFC West following the loss. Both the L.A. Chargers and Denver Broncos enter the Week 1-1, and could match the Chiefs with wins in the later window games.

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