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Colts have owned Chiefs in recent meetings

Indianapolis will take seven-game winning streak vs. K.C. into today’s match

October 31, 2004

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— Someone has to say it: Home or away, the Indianapolis Colts are Kansas City's Hoosier Daddies.

Indianapolis owns a seven-game winning streak against the Chiefs. Two of those victories came in AFC playoff games at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Colts have beaten the Chiefs three straight and five times since 1996.

That's also where the teams meet today, with Kansas City fighting to keep some momentum after a record-breaking 56-10 victory over Atlanta. The Colts, meanwhile, are trying to come off a mistake-filled showing -- and a high-profile argument between quarterback Peyton Manning and wide receiver Reggie Wayne -- in last week's 27-24 home loss to Jacksonville.

Judging from recent history, Kansas City would seem the ideal place to regroup.

"These guys are 5-0 at Arrowhead," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "I don't know if there's another team in the NFL that's 5-0 against the Kansas City Chiefs in this stadium."

Actually, Indianapolis (4-2) isn't unbeaten in Arrowhead. It just seems that way. Since the Colts moved from Baltimore before the 1984 season, Kansas City (2-4) has beaten them once, at home in 1985.

"We've got four or five of our veteran players who have been through a few of those games," Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy said. "They practice with a little confidence, and they pass it on to the younger guys that you can go and get it done, and I think that does help.

"But every year is different, and you've got to go in and do it with the team that you have. We don't talk much at all about last year, and we don't talk at all about the previous years."

In Kansas City, though, the two postseason losses to the Colts are counted among the most stinging defeats in team history.

There was the AFC divisional game in 1996, when Kansas City turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions thrown by Steve Bono, and Lin Elliott missed three field-goal attempts in a 10-7 loss.

Their names still are anathema to Chiefs fans.

And last year, after the Chiefs went 13-3 and won the AFC West title, the Colts went all day without punting and beat them 38-31, precipitating the firing of defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.

But while he's never lost in three visits here, Manning said Kansas City remained a tough place to play.

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