For one afternoon, March found a way to show up in October in Indianapolis.

The saying for the third month of the year is "In like a lion, out like a lamb", and it never fit in better than a Sunday in tenth month of the year.

A game that started with gambles by both the Chiefs and the Colts turned into a battle of defenses and kickers, with a mistake here and there the determining factor when it came to victory and defeat.

In the end, it was the Colts who had enough field goals and enough defense to beat Kansas City 19-9 at Lucas Oil Stadium, knocking the Chiefs from the ranks of the undefeated.

The Colts improved to 3-2 on the season, but you couldn't fault the opposition for not trying-at least early.

As the nouveau riche of the 2010 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs decided to pull out all the stops against one of the mainstays of professional football.

So far they have, so far they've failed, but the Colts problems against the Jaguars have crept back again to hurt them.

Aided by a botched onside kick and a failed fourth down try by Kansas City, the Colts have gotten in the Chiefs redzone twice, but have failed to deliver in the redzone.

Then they got risky themselves-and it didn't pay off.

Two Adam Vinatieri field goals have been all the Colts could muster, grabbing a 6-0 lead but missing a chance to put some early distance between themselves and the last undefeated team in NFL.

The a late fourth down failure late in the half and a personal foul penalty, however, helped the Chiefs pull within three at the half.


Hoping to make a statement that they are not just a paper 3-0 team, Todd Haley decided to take a page from the Saints book of defeating the Indianapolis Colts.

Like Garrett Hartley did in Super Bowl 44 after halftime, Ryan Succop began the game with a short squib kick in an attempt to gain immediate possession.

But what worked for New Orleans in a win over the Colts in February didn't go so well for the Chiefs in October.

The kick went of cornerback Javier Charles early, and possession went to the Colts. They promptly went down the field, primarily on 30 yards rushing by Joseph Addai and picked up the opening points of the game with a 20-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal to make it 3-0.

But Chiefs weren't done taking chances.

After using a strong 55 yards of rushing from Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, Kansas City got to the Colts 16-yard line. Again Haney took a risk, electing to go for it on 4th-and-4 from the Colts 10.

Again the gamble didn't pay off, as Matt Cassel's pass was batted down by Gary Brackett ending the drive.

With a little more balance between run and pass, the Colts moved down the field to the Kansas City seven. Yet again, however, Addai could gain just five yards on two carries and a Manning pass was incomplete on third down.

That forced another Vinatieri field goal, this time from 24-yards out to make it 6-0.

Kansas City then drove 47 yards down the field as the half came to a close, but the drive was put to an end by a big hit by Antoine Bethea on Charles, who coughed up the ball.

Keyunta Dawson recovered the Colts, but the Colts could do little with it. On fourth down just pass midfield, a bad snap led to a late handoff to Addai, who was stopped before the line of scrimmage.

Cassel and the offense then caught a big break when Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden was called for a late hit out of bounds after a reception by Chris Chambers.

That lead to a Succop 45-yard field goal just before the end of the half to make it 6-3.

A field goal battle then broke out in the third quarter again, as Vinatieri and Succop each added added three points to keep it a three-point lead.

Manning then made a mistake, throwing an interception into the hands of Jon McGraw deep in Colts territory. That led to a 43-yard field goal by Succop to tie the game at nine.

Vinatieri countered with another field goal in the fourth quarter after another Colts drive stalled out short of the goaline to give the Colts a 12-9 lead.

Finally the Colts got into the endzone, thanks to another in their series of "Next Man Up" candidates. Mike Hart, filling in for Joseph Addai who left with a shoulder injury, capped a 71-yard driver with a twisting, tackle-breaking 11-yard touchdown run to make it 19-9. 

A last minute drive by Kansas City ended when Succop missed a 51-yard field goal.