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Chiefs chase different result in rematch with Indy

Chiefs chase different result in rematch with Indy

January 4th, 2014 in News

INDIANAPOLIS - Jamaal Charles spent this week dissecting the Chiefs' first game against the Colts.

Today, Charles and his Kansas City teammates will finally get a chance to show they've learned from all those mistakes.

"They're going to have their best game plan and best players on the field," Charles said. "We know what's at stake here. We have to play fast and we have to play harder than them."

In Week 16, the Chiefs had four turnovers and Indianapolis (11-5) spent most of the game negating Charles by playing keep-away.

Nobody expects a replay this week - not Charles, not Andrew Luck, not even Andy Reid or Chuck Pagano. The two coaches understand most playoff rematches come with a surprise twist, even when the sequel is two weeks after the original.

How much can really change in 13 days?

For starters, the game will be played on Indianapolis' climate-controlled home turf rather than the raucous, outdoor atmosphere of Arrowhead Stadium. And facing a potentially loud crowd on the road may force the Chiefs to stick with the game plan a little longer than they did in Round 1.

Kansas City (11-5) could have a noticeably different look.

Receiver Dwayne Bowe was knocked out of the first matchup with a concussion and was still sidelined last week. Tamba Hali also hurt his knee against Indy, while fellow linebacker Justin Houston sat out that game with a dislocated elbow. Bowe has already been cleared to play and Houston is expected to return this week, too, though Hali hasn't practiced all week.