US Sports Roundup: Chiefs dominate Colts in Super Bowl pursuit

Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are looking for their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969

With the divisional playoff games now complete the there are just four teams left in the hunt for the Super Bowl, Matthew Crist looks back at an eventful weekend of US sporting action...

"Once again Patrick Mahomes was at the centre of things, throwing for 278 yards and adding a running touchdown with Tyreek Hill totalling over 100 yards and Damien Williams running for 129."

Mahomes leads Chiefs to victory

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the AFC Championship game for the first time in their history after a convincing 31-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the snow at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday as they seek their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969.

Once again Patrick Mahomes was at the centre of things, throwing for 278 yards and adding a running touchdown with Tyreek Hill totalling over 100 yards and Damien Williams running for 129 and a score as the Chiefs eased into next Sunday's AFC showpiece.

Much of the talk before the game had been about the matchup between the two quarterbacks but the Colts were limited to just 263 total yards, with Andrew Luck going 19 of 36 passes for 203 yards and Marlon Mack only running for 46 yards on the ground.

The No-1-seeded Chiefs will now host the AFC Championship game on Sunday against the New England Patriots and can be backed at 3.8514/5 on the exchange to lift the Vince Lomabrdi trophy next month.

Later on Saturday night the Los Angeles Rams' running game once again proved to be key as the home side chewed-up 273 yards in a 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys to advance to the NFC Championship game next Sunday.

C.J. Anderson ran for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns and Todd Gurley picked-up 115 and one score as the Rams boasted two 100-yard rushers for the first time in their postseason history while the 273 total rushing yards were also a franchise playoff record.

After a strong end to the season the Cowboys were disappointing as they converted just one of 10 third-down attempts despite taking an early lead through a Dak Prescott throw to Amari Cooper as the Rams now face the Saints in next Sunday's NFC Championship game and are currently 5.14/1 to win the Super Bowl in Atlanta on the Exchange.

Pats power past Chargers

For a team which many people felt was in decline the New England Patriots aren't looking too shabby and once again find themselves in the AFC Championship game after blowing away the LA Chargers 41-28 on Sunday with Sony Michel running for 129 yards and three touchdowns meaning they are just one game away from another Super Bowl appearance.

New England will now play the Chiefs in Kansas City in next week's AFC title game, which will be their eighth straight, and an opposition they beat 43-40 in when the two met at Foxborough in Week Six of the regular season.

The Patriots set-about the Los Angeles defence early on, scoring on drives of 83, 67, 58 and 87 yards to stun the visitors, before making the most of a fumbled punt return for a fifth score to take a 35-7 lead just before half-time and are now 4.77/2 to clinch their sixth Super Bowl in Atlanta.


Also on Sunday The New Orleans Saints overcame a 14-point first-quarter deficit to beat the defending-champion Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 to confirm their place as 2.942/1 favourites to be Super Bowl champions in three weeks' time.

Drew Brees threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints rallied having gone behind early in the game and trailed 10-0 with just ten minutes gone as Nick Foles completed eight of his first nine passes for 113 yards and led the Eagles to touchdowns on their first two possessions.

But touchdowns from Keith Kirkwood and Michael Thomas, along with two Lutz field goals completed the comeback which was sealed when Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted a Nick Foles pass with just under two minutes remaining.

LeBron watches on and Curry delivers again

As well as all the NFL playoff action the NBA was in full swing too on Sunday as Stephen Curry scored 48 points and hit 11 three-pointers as Golden State Warriors beat Dallas Mavericks.

Curry scored 24 points in each half and also dropped the game-winning three-pointer to allow the Golden State Warriors to leave Dallas with a 119-114 victory and remain 1.684/6 favourites for the NBA Championship.

In Denver, Nikola Jokic had 40 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while Jamal Murray shook off an contributed 24 as the Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113 and can now be backed at 2221/1 to be Western Conference champions.

The Orlando Magic rallied past the visiting Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter to land an impressive 116-109 victory with Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier and DJ Augustin each sinking three-pointers on successive possessions, a loss which means the Rockets are now as big as 1716/1 to win the NBA Championship.

Injured Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James could only watch on as his current team went down to his former side 101-95 as Cedi Osman scored 20 points and Rodney Hood added 18 to end Cleveland's 12-game losing streak.

Also on Sunday, Serge Ibaka's three-pointer with 15.2 seconds on the clock helped the visiting Toronto Raptors to a 140-138 double-overtime win against the Washington Wizards, having been 19 points behind in the third quarter, while there were also wins for; Phildalphia and Milwauke.

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