Chiefs doomed by penalties in loss to Colts

Monday, October 7, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs did to themselves Sunday night what rivals have been trying to do for the better part of two years: They slowed themselves down.

In what became a 19-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the first time Patrick Mahomes and his teammates failed to score at least 26 points in 22 games, the Chiefs committed 11 penalties for a whopping 125 yards to spoil a nip-andtuck game that wasn’t decided until the fourth quarter.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” coach Andy Reid said. “Drove right down the field, penalty set you back, had a turnover on a big gain. But penalties are what really hurt us. You get things going and all of a sudden you’re going backward.”

It wasn’t the first time flags have been an issue for the Chiefs.

They were penalized seven times last week in Detroit, and they were flagged 10 times for 114 yards earlier this season in Oakland. In fact, the Chiefs (4-1) have accumulated the fourth-most penalty yards in the NFL through the first five weeks of the season.

Against the Colts, the penalties came at especially damaging times.

On the opening drive, a holding call on Andrew Wylie and a false start on Travis Kelce derailed a promising drive and forced Kansas City to kick a field goal. Later in the first half, Bashaud Breeland was flagged for a 53-yard pass interference penalty that led to a field goal for Indianapolis, and the Chiefs cornerback was hit with two more defensive holding penalties before halftime.