Posted December 19, 2012 on AP on Fox
After missing a chance to secure their return to the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts have a prime opportunity to accomplish that feat this week. The Colts look to clinch a postseason berth when they visit the lowly Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Indianapolis (9-5) needs a win or a tie against Kansas City or a Pittsburgh loss or tie against Cincinnati to make the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons. Indianapolis has won seven of nine as it continues its remarkable turnaround from last season's 2-14 effort. The Colts could have made the playoffs by beating Houston last week but suffered a mistake-filled 29-17 loss. Mewelde Moore fumbled at 1-yard line in the second quarter and the Colts had a touchdown catch by Reggie Wayne called back due to a holding penalty. The Texans also returned a blocked punt for a TD. "We came here to win, not put up a respectable showing," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "We'll move on to next week and hopefully get better.&quo...
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