The Indianapolis Colts overcame a 4-touchdown 2nd half deficit to stun the the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44 in one of the biggest comebacks in NFL post-season history.
This was just the 2nd time in playoff history a team rallied from a deficit of 28 or more points to win. The biggest comeback remains the Bills win over the Oilers after trailing by 32-points in 1993.
Kansas City has now lost 8 straight playoff games, which is the longest streak in the history of the NFL.
Despite losing Jamal Charles to a concussion on the 6th play of the game, the Chiefs took what appeared to be a commanding 38-10 lead with 13:44 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Indianapolis went on to outscore Kansas City 35-6 the rest of the way to pull of the win.
Right after Knile Davis’s 10-yard touchdown catch, the Colts responded with a 5-play 80-yard drive, capped off by a 10-yard Donald Brown touchdown run to cut the deficit to 38-17.
Robert Mathis forced a turnover on the ensuing Chiefs possession, and Luck hit Donald Brown on a 3-yard pass to make the score 38-24.
Following a Ryan Succop 42-yard field goal, Andrew Luck led Indianapolis on the teams third touchdown drive of the quarter after connecting with Coby Fleener. Just like that, the Colts trailed by just 10 points entering the 4th.
Then real luck took over. Donald Brown fumbled at the Chiefs 2-yard line, but the ball came right to Andrew Luck who ran it in for the score.
Another Succop field goal gave KC a 6-point lead with 5:36 left. One minute 15 seconds later, Luck hit a wide open TY Hilton for a 64-yard touchdown giving the Colts their first lead of the game. Hilton was a monster catching 13 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Alex Smith moved the ball to the Indy 43-yard line, but that’s as far as they would go. On a 4th and 11, Dwyane Bowe’s feet were not in bounds, and the Colts were able to run the clock for the win. Bowe had 8 receptions for 150 yards in the game.
Andrew Luck had an up and down game with 3 interceptions. He played his best when it mattered the most though. Luck threw 4 touchdowns and a season high 443 yards.
Alex Smith played well, but not well enough. Smith finished with 4 touchdowns and a 119.7 passer rating.
After a 9-0 start to the season, the Chiefs season ends in heartbreaking disappointment, while the Colts will await the results of tomorrow’s action to determine who they will face in the divisional round.