KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Frank Boal's prediction:
If the Chiefs want to win this playoff game, they cannot make any mistakes. No fumbles, no interceptions and allow no sacks against Alex Smith. Jamaal Charles has to touch the ball at least 30 times.
On defense, the Chiefs have to create turnovers to set up the Chiefs offense with a short field. They have to get to Indy QB Andrew Luck, which isn't easy. Luck has only been sacked 32 times this season.
Head Coach Andy Reid has this team believing in themselves and that's really important when you're on the road. Weather the first quarter storm and you've got a good chance to win.
Prediction: KC 27-24 on a last-second Ryan Succop field goal erasing all the bad field goal karma from past playoff losses; Stenerud, Anderson, Stoyanovich, Elliot, Lowery and Tynes.
Jack Harry's prediction:
The Chiefs must put pressure on Luck. The Chiefs can't leave their corners on an island; Luck will carve them up.
They must be successful with a four-man rush. They can't afford to blitz linebackers. The Chiefs need them to drop in coverage.
Priority No. 1 is on offense and get the ball in the hands of #25.
Jamaal Charles had only 13 carries in the earlier Colts game. Even when falling behind earlier, Charles needs to get a full load running and catching the ball.
Special teams need to continue to create good field position. It will be the key.
I think it's going to be a terrific football game.
Prediction: Colts 24-23.
Dee Jackson's prediction:
Three keys for the Chiefs:
-KC MUST do a better job securing the football. The chiefs will have to get back to what made them so successful in the first nine games.
-Managing the clock and keeping the ball out of Andrew Luck's hands.
-Special teams will be the difference.
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