In remarkable rally, Colts overcome 28-point deficit, beat Chiefs 45-44

AP

In one of the biggest comebacks in NFL postseason history, the Colts rallied from a 28-point third-quarter deficit to stun the hard-luck, injury-riddled Chiefs 45-44 in Saturday’s wild-card game in Indianapolis.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns, three of which came in the second half, as Indianapolis closed from the clouds to nail Kansas City just before the wire.

The Colts took their one and only lead of the game with 4:29 left in regulation when Luck connected with wideout T.Y. Hilton for a 64-yard touchdown.

On their ensuing drive, the Chiefs would march into Indianapolis territory, but when Kansas City wideout Dwayne Bowe was carried just out of bounds on a potential 4th-and-11 reception, the Colts had their first postseason win since 2009.

The Chiefs took a 38-10 lead early in the second half on quarterback Alex Smith’s fourth TD pass of the game, a 10-yarder to tailback Knile Davis. Then, the Colts, led by Luck, Hilton and tailback Donald Brown, unleashed a rather remarkable and sustained closing kick.

The Colts got the ball rolling with a 10-yard Brown TD run with 11:52 left in the third quarter. On the Chiefs’ ensuing possession, Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis forced a Smith fumble, which was recovered by inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. The Colts cashed in the takeaway, with Brown’s three-yard TD catch narrowing the Chiefs’ edge to 38-24 midway through the third quarter.

Now, it was Kansas City for whom the problems were starting to mount. On Brown’s second touchdown, the Chiefs lost cornerback Brandon Flowers to a potential concussion, which added to an injury list that already included tailback Jamaal Charles and wideout Donald Avery, who each left to be tested for concussions and did not return. Later, Davis, who had replaced Charles, would leave with a fourth-quarter injury.

The Chiefs would stem the tide briefly, with safety Husain Abdullah’s second third-quarter interception of Luck setting up a field goal to give Kansas City a 41-24 lead with a little more than four minutes left in the period.

But back came the Colts, with Luck hitting tight end Coby Fleener for a 12-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 41-31.

Then, early in the fourth quarter, the Colts got a big dose of good fortune. On 2nd-and-goal from the Kansas City two-yard line, Brown fumbled, but the ball bounced to Luck, who took it in for a touchdown.

Suddenly, the Colts were within 41-38 with less than 11 minutes left. The Chiefs needed to counterpunch in the worst way, and to some extent, they did, tallying another field goal to end a drive bleeding about five minutes off the clock.

But it was just a glancing blow. And then, Luck hit Hilton to give the Colts the lead — and the game.

Hilton, a second-year pro from Florida International, played at a blue-chip level on the playoff stage, catching 13 passes for 224 yards and two TDs. Luck, meanwhile, overcame three interceptions to earn his first playoff win as the Colts’ starter.

For the Chiefs, Saturday’s loss was another heartbreaking chapter in a series of recent playoff struggles. The Chiefs have not won a postseason game since January 16. 1994, when they defeated the Houston Oilers 28-20.

For much of Saturday, they looked on their way to victory. Smith played a wonderful game, throwing for 378 yards.

Then, unbelievably almost, the Colts kicked it into gear.

191 responses to “In remarkable rally, Colts overcome 28-point deficit, beat Chiefs 45-44

  1. See Chiefs fans? You mocked us Eagles fans when you were 9-0. Andy is Andy is Andy. Nice time management at the end of the game too! Its nice to be on the sideline of watching Reid choke it up again. Thank God hes outta here. We have a winner in the Chipper in town. And you have Big Red and all his same old blunders.

  2. Luck put on an absolute QB clinic after halftime, so I don’t know if it would have mattered anyway, but I’ve never seen a team manage their second half timeouts as badly as KC.

  3. And that my friends is what you call a house of cards, that was a complete and total collapse.

    Hats off to the Colts!

  4. Fans get ripped off again!!!!!m I have no dog in this fight, but I just watch the refs eat their whistles for 4 qtrs, the boom a ricky tack intentional grounding.

    That made it just a ridiculous ending.

    Sigh.

    What a rip off.

  5. Unbelievable. And why in the world was Andy Reid still throwing the ball up 38-17 in the third? Granted Charles was out but Davis was on his way to having a monster game.

    BTW Alex Smith proved he is a gamer and not a game manager. Much respect to him.

  6. Good job, Chiefs! Of course, except for that epic meltdown! Now watch tomorrow from your sofas how a team wins a playoff game after a 20+ year drought. Go Bengals! Who Dey!

  7. I blame Derrick Johnson, dude was a no-show the entire game. That and the Chiefs not carrying enough top tier RB’s. Clearly you need at least 3 now… What are the chances…

  8. How can a coach be so good in so many ways and so bad at clock management, one of the most basic aspects of the game ?

  9. Great game. Colts showed a lot of spunk in their comeback. That being said I would give them no shot against Patriots/Broncos. Either one of those qb’s might put up sixty against Colts!

  10. Great Pass by smith, HORRIBLE positioning by Bowe. No excuses for that happening. Luck tore up a defense was pretty good all season. And won the game using Donald Brown as his main back, and T.Y. Has become a household name after this game.

  11. And now Chiefs fans know what Eagles fans were glad to get rid of Andy Reid. Always outcoached and always losing to good teams. If you want to beat up and pad your record against the bad teams…… then Andy is your man. 9-0 against bum teams, then 0-3 against the godd teams to start the year. Outcoached and a loss in first playoff game. Yep, that’s Andy. Just wait till Andy has a few more years of bad draft picks and bad coaching hires. He will leave the Chiefs in smoking ruins. There’s no savior Chip Kelly to pull the Chiefs out of this death spiral. The smartest man in football was already hired by Philly. RIP Chiefs organization. Sad, so sad.

  12. The Chefs have now lost 8 straight playoff games going back 20 years. Talk about an embarrassing stat! I think for most people we just saw why they were the most overhyped, overrated team by far this year (cept maybe the skins). Thanks for filling a meaningless playoff spot, Chefs! LOL

  13. Man, not even a Colts fan but I’m glad they pulled this out after we pumped them as Super Bowl contenders and great bets at 25-1 Super Bowl odds.

    Andrew the Giant!

  14. Reid can’t be blamed for Smith wasting 2 timeouts. You don’t see Luck not getting to the LOS on time. Chiefs were 2-14, to 11-5, to losing to a Colts team 45-44 in the playoffs.

    Sucks but this Chiefs fan is excited for the future.

  15. That was an amazing game. Chiefs played hard.

    Too hard perhaps judging by the injuries…

    Oh and Luck is a beast. Nice to see the Colts go back to using him as one instead of some stupid power running game manager.

  16. I want to hear from that guy at week nine that told me Andy does not have anything to do with picking these guys anymore. You will learn who Andy Reid is. Marty Schottenheimer 2. Enjoy your ride dude

  17. As much as the Chiefs offense needed to score a TD or two in the second half, the loss leans a bit more on KC’s D than the O.

    You cannot give up 35 points in the second half when you have a 28 point lead at half time.

  18. Epic KC Fail. Just completely epic. Many double wides will rock in KC with the bitter tears and much howling at the moon. Wow.

  19. 2 horrible teams, that can’t play defense…. sand they want to expand playoffs????? Might as well just have 1 league, no conference, no divisions, just top 16 highest scoring – i mean, best records play.

    That game was pathetic.

  20. 2-14 team last year, playoffs this year and all it took for Indy to win is to have Jamaal Charles out, half the defense getting injured and a lucky bounce off an olinemans head on Lucks rushing TD.

    Thanks for the great season KC!

  21. Great game. Fun to watch. Probably not so fun for the Chiefs, though.

    They’ll have nightmares about this game for the rest of their lives.

  22. Man, not even a Colts fan but I’m glad they pulled this out after we pumped them as Super Bowl contenders and great bets at 25-1 Super Bowl odds.

    Andrew the Giant!

  23. I’ve never ever in my life seen a team straight up fall apart. Injuries apart of it but still 28 points should be a lead to hold in 1 half

  24. Very good game. Great comeback by Indy. BAD luck with all the Injuries KC had to deal with in the game.

  25. The Chiefs got exposed. They have lost 6 out of their last 8 games and only beat one team all season that has a winning record right now (Philly). All of their wins were against crappy teams.

  26. The Chiefs just were not that good. They overacheived and got lucky early in the season. But when they started playing good teams they were exposed. Did they have a single win against a team with a winning record this season?

  27. Andy Reid looked like Santa Claus out there. A week and a half after Christmas and the gifts kept coming. Terrible clock management by KC. Not at all surprised by the meltdown. Congrats Indy!

  28. We all know the refs changed the game with the botched strip sack fumble call.

    I don’t understand why the refs aren’t told to rule in favor of the team who had the ball and then let the replay determine if it truly was a turnover. Instead they guess that the colts recovered and then can’t determine if they actually did so they say ‘the ruling stands as called’. This is a terrible job of officiating.

  29. Epic collapse. Philly was used to it and now KC fans can fully appreciate the Andy Reid experience. They’ll be calling for his head within 3 years.

  30. skolvikesskol says: Jan 4, 2014 8:13 PM

    Fans get ripped off again!!!!!m I have no dog in this fight, but I just watch the refs eat their whistles for 4 qtrs, the boom a ricky tack intentional grounding.

    That made it just a ridiculous ending.

    Sigh.

    What a rip off.

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    That play was pretty much the definition of intentional grounding. Not sure what you saw.

  31. Awesome game Chiefs fans. Absolutely brilliant. Your team played hard and I think a lot of people forget how unlucky you got on injuries. I’m glad your city finally has a team with the quality to match the passion of your fans and I look forward to playing against you guys soon.

    I hope all your injuries aren’t serious and get resolved quickly

    Colts fan.

  32. Everyone counted them out, if you asked most people, there was no need to play the second half. Down 28 in the 3rd Quarter. One of the most remarkable comebacks I’ve ever seen, and Andrew Luck continually makes plays in the clutch. Wow.

  33. Epic fail. Epic choke.

    Typical andy reid playoff game

    THAT is why we dumped alex smith….
    Bonehead plays and timeouts called

  34. KC Defense was terrible and the time management at the end abysmal. Indy was lucky to get the win and won’t win another playing that way…….In the meantime, congrats on getting the win Indy.

  35. Foremastjack says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:21 PM
    The Chiefs got exposed. They have lost 6 out of their last 8 games and only beat one team all season that has a winning record right now (Philly). All of their wins were against crappy teams.
    **********
    Denver and KC played 14 of 16 common opponents.

    Maybe teams figured out KC a bit in the second half of the season. That being said, Denver got wins against those same crappy opponents to.

  36. GenXJay says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:22 PM
    Remember when Smith went first in the draft.
    And then ShAaron Rodgers went 1millionth…yeah, they’re both losing this weekend.
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    What’s Christian Ponder doing this weekend? Does your crystal ball tell you?

    Silly Vikings fans.

  37. Nice win by the Colts but it really is tainted. It is embarrassing how many injuries the artificial turf caused today to key Chief players like Jamaal Charles. I have to think Chiefs fans feel they were robbed by an inferior playing surface today. After today’s embarrassment, I would have to think the NFL should consider outlawing artificial turf. You can’t have key playoff games decided on such an awful playing surface that’s prone to causing injuries.

  38. when Luck lunged over for the score, that was that, you knew the Chiefs were done. I remember Oilers-Bills and this one is right there.

    The Chiefs DC will be updating his resume on the flight home.

  39. flavordave says:Jan 4, 2014 8:12 PMSee Chiefs fans? You mocked us Eagles fans when you were 9-0
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    Philly fans. Shut up and get lost!! You are a known as The most whiniest fans in the league. Very pathetic cry babies

  40. chiefs lost their best player (charles) to injury on the first drive of the game, then his backup (davis), their best pass rusher (houston), best cornerback (flowers), and second best receiver (avery). never seen anything like it. the fact that it was even such a close game is a miracle.

  41. I don’t root against Andy Reid even though I’m an Eagles fan. It’s just so strange watching that classic “Andy moment”. two minute warning, go to commercial, line up, have to take a totally ridiculous timeout. It’s incredible.

    If Eagles fans had a dollar for every time that happened when he coached Philly. Even one of the announcers brought up correctly that he was well known for boneheaded time management in Philly.

    Get used to it KC fans.

  42. You kids claiming to have never seen a game like this before clearly were too young to watch the Houston Oilers lose a monster lead to the Bills in the exact same fashion…

  43. Chiefs are RUN FIRST team they lost their main weapon in the first quarter and his backup got injured as well.

    The only real shock was how poorly Luck played in the first half.

    The Chiefs defense is very overrated. Any good pocket passer will pick them apart. Peyton did it, Luck did it, Rivers did it. Those are the only 3 good pocket passers KC saw all year long (sorry Romo and Eli don’t really apply here as evidenced by their seasons).

    Chiefs were never that good, sorry

  44. all these andy reid trolls must believe is responsible for injuries to five starters, three of them pro-bowlers. should’ve made smoothies like chip kelly.

  45. richmondhokie says:
    Jan 4, 2014 9:49 AM

    Blaming Favre for that loss to the Giants is as short-sighted as most of the posts at this site. Favre kept putting the Packers ahead, and the defense kept giving up points. Go look at the game log: The Green Bay defense made only one stop in the second half. ONE. Eli scored points on all of the other possessions in the second half, including the one with 1 minute to go, when they kicked a field goal to tie. It’s hard to win games without some defense. Never mind that the Giants were peaking at that point and went on to beat the undefeated Patriots, who were considered invincible.
    =================================
    All that may be true, but if Favre doesn’t throw that, I’m so cold I just want to get this game over with, pick….

  46. If Alex Smith made that throw to the wide open receiver the Chiefs would have been up 17 and probably would have won the game. Alex Smith could have won the Chiefs the game.But he didnt. Alex Smith and Andy Reid proved who they are today.

  47. nfl4days says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:12 PM
    That sound you hear is Kansas drowning its sorrows in a sea of moonshine. CHOKE!

    Kansas City is in Missouri not Kansas

  48. Great game..great fan fun.

    The reality is that Peyton will put whatever number is needed against the Colts defense. It might be 70…nothing I saw today would stop it.

  49. They get 13 years of watching Peyton manning now the have this guy? Brutal. Indianapolis is so frickin lucky!!! Luck is incredible. As a broncos fan I can honestly say that after 2 years in the league this kid looks like the best QB in football right now. He has Mannings smarts, Rogers arm, and RG3s athletism. Eagles fans calling out Andy Reid on this loss are delusional. Excellent game by the chiefs, just an incredible performance Luck to pull that come back out. I like how the eagles fans think that the time management came into play in this game. You think after 4th down play that the colts weren’t going to get a 1st down? 44 points of offence, +3 in turnover battle. The chiefs deserved a better fate. Incredible game.

  50. That was probably…the biggest implosion of a playoff team EVER in the history of NFL playoffs…well maybe Wild Card playoffs!
    I guess it was enough just to be there, said no winner Ever! It was over when Luck recovered that fumble and scored…that was supposed to be Indy’s folding time. KC got the good Andy and the bad Andy in one game.

  51. What can you say about KC that hasn’t already been said about the HINDENBURG? lol
    #broncos4life

  52. Andy Reid should just stop coaching NFL football and start doing Kool-Aid commercials. Dude looks like the Kool-Aid man in that bright red shirt!
    #FlyEaglesFly!!

  53. While everyone is praising Andrew Luck for his great game; it seems everyone is forgetting the fact that Luck helped put the Colts in the situation they were in with his 3 INTs.

  54. After years of watching Reid coach in Philly.. One thing is apparent.. The only thing Reid can finish is a sandwich. Chiefs started 9-0 and only won twice after that. 38 – 10 lead. Can’t finish. He was holding that play chart on the last drive and his hands were shaking.

  55. The NFL should have let this game have been blacked out – that more than anything would cause people to buy tickets, the fear of missing something great.

  56. Alex Smith was brilliant, Andrew Luck was just 1 point better. Congratulations to both on one of the best playoff games ever. BobbyGMe isn’t in the argument with either of these 2 QBs.

  57. Say what u want about Smith but i do like him. He has shed the bust label and is a good qb albeit not elite, regardless stop calling him a game manager. The guy puts up 44 on the road inthe playoffs and his defense lets him down again!

  58. That’s what you get Reid for resting your team. No momentum going into the playoffs. NEVER rest your players!!!!!

  59. I don’t remember what Reids number was…He didn’t play in the game. The Chiefs D got zero pressure on Luck…Name any team that can lose the players the Chiefs did and still win…Not many if any…..Great game to watch……Tale of two halfs

  60. Helluva game. I posted earlier about how I question some of the Chiefs’ players integrity. Seems to me some guys just quit. That or the team wouldn’t let ’em back in. Well, if not now, when? Feel bad for the KC fans.

    And if the Bengals win tomorrow, the Colts and the guy who replaced the guy are off to Denver to play the guy.

  61. Colts overcome 28-point deficit….more like Chiefs overcome by injuries to five starters. Chiefs secondary imploded in the 2nd half. Robinson and Smith both need to go.

  62. I just read through the comments and I am very surprised at the number of eagles fans posting “this is why we got rid of Reid” or “typical Reid”. To all of those eagles fans, I’m a Viking can and watched my team demolish your pathetic excuse for a team and you only made the playoffs because romo had surgery and you played in one of the worst divisions in the league. I would also like to see how well the eagles perform with shady on the sidelines for 95% of the game.

    That was a great playoff game. Well fought on both sides. The deciding factor could have been the injuries but luck was lights out the second half. I’m just happy it was a good game.

  63. If anybody has the Chiefs address, I would like to mail them some bubble wrap for their players. Geez never seen so many injuries. Hope they all recover though.

  64. I am not a Colts fan, but that was a heckuva comeback. Also, while I don’t want to believe Indy is very good, they have beaten SF, Seattle, Denver, and now KC twice so it’s not like they can’t beat every team left in the playoffs. Luck is obviously special, congrats Colts fans you guys have another great QB for years to come.

  65. The more I watch Luck play and the more I hear him post game the more I am convinced that he is going to be something special for ALL of us NFL fans to watch, not just Colts fans.
    Post game presser he was asked about the Brown recovered fumble for a TD and he said its just like sand lot ball, you see it and you grab it and run with it.
    LOL, love that fans

  66. frank21054 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:41 PM
    While everyone is praising Andrew Luck for his great game; it seems everyone is forgetting the fact that Luck helped put the Colts in the situation they were in with his 3 INTs.
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    I’m not forgetting. If we want to win next week and the week after that and the Super Bowl we can’t be having turnovers.

  67. Insane. Up 38-10 in the 3rd you can literally take a knee every down and punt and you have a very good chance of winning the game. To lose you literally have to puke on your shoes and that’s exactly what happened to KC. Unreal.

  68. One of the biggest themes that will come this offseason is the insane amount of injuries that have decimated many teams in the NFL.

    The Chiefs racked up injuries late in the season and in this game. So did the Colts earlier this season. But never have I seen so many great teams hobbled coming into the playoffs. Although everyone seemed evenly matched, most of these teams have lost so many key players they don’t even look the same.

    And big players, heavily connected to the NFL brand, aren’t even on the field influencing who wins the championship. Injuries are part of every team every season, but this season might be the cruelest on the league as a whole.

    Everyone is wondering where the spikes of injuries are coming from, but be sure its going to be a tense free agent market, as teams need need to reorganize from this bloodbath. And the committees are going to have their hands full, especially when you have pretty much half of last year’s pro bowl squad all on IR.

    It’s almost becoming a game of “whoever has the least injuries or the best practice squad depth (see Patriots) will have a chance at the Superbowl”.

    Nothing against the Colts. If anything they had to overcome immense injuries to be where they’re at. But they, along with many other teams, are one Donald Brown sprain or Jimmy Graham concussion from losing it all. This injury issue needs to be addressed; the game is losing its meritocracy of tangibles to win against the backdrop of the Russian Roulette of ACL tears.

  69. sirsupersouthern says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:33 PM
    You kids claiming to have never seen a game like this before clearly were too young to watch the Houston Oilers lose a monster lead to the Bills in the exact same fashion…
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    I remember that game and I was just a young teenager then. That was an epic game.

  70. chiefs lost the game by one point.. i doubt having jamaal charles for more than one drive would have impacted the final score that much.

  71. RGIII also doesn’t get to “hide” behind a pass blocking o-line. But whatever, Luck is better than RGIII. But I bet Colts fans weren’t praising him after that third pick.

  72. A fun game to watch and, yes, the sun will come up tomorrow. To the trash talking San Diego fans: you were given the first game by Reid’s timeout and the second by the refs so I wouldn’t feel too superior.

  73. egirls love ripping andy for the loss.
    anndy did not miss a wide open man down the sideline for a sure td. He burned the back and smith overthrew him. Indy takes advantage scores Td next series. 14 point swing and a huge game changer. Smith blowing that was what cost the game not reid.

  74. texanfan62 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:32 PM
    Kansas City Chiefs=Houston Oilers 1993

    COLTS SUCK!! Won’t beat New England or Denver.
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    Really, the Colts suck huh? How’s the Texans doing in the playoffs? Oh that’s right they won the right to have the #1 draft pick and are watching the playoffs from their couches. Hate to say but we already beat Denver once and I think we can do it again. Patriots all I have to say is bring it.

  75. You eagle fans that are on here knocking Andy Reid, and saying Chip Kelley is so great. Just remember…. Chip Kelley and the eagles LOST to my terrible Vikings this year.. I wouldn’t go bowing down to Chip Kelley just yet. As far as I know Andy Reid went to the playoffs how many times as an eagles HC? And how many NFC championship games? That’s far more success than Chip Kelley has had at this point.

  76. Niner fan here. Tough one for the chiefs fans. U have a solid foundation and u have a good qb in alex smith. And good coach in reid. Sorry philly fans i know u have ur new toy in chip kelly and by all accounts he has done a great job this year, but its bad form to hate on a coach that took u to a superbowl and mult nfc champ games.

    Kc fans Dont listen to the clowns blaming alex for clock mgmnt etc. He made some big plays today and put up 44 points after losing charles and avery. Sorry but this one is on the def.

    That being said. I think luck took a huge step forward today. He went from peyton in the postseason to john elway. Hats off to luck and the colts u showed a lot of heart. Good luck next week.

  77. As great as Peyton is he could never do what Luck did today with that offensive line and receiving corps. Luck scored 45 points with the lowest paid receiving corps in the playoffs against a top 5 defense. He now has as many playoff comebacks and game winning drives as Peyton has had his whole career.ONE. I think Irsay made a wise decision in GETTING and KEEPING Luck. Anyone that thinks Irsay was trying to win games in 2011 is just a delusional Peyton ball washer. Luck will do things in INDY that Peyton could never do, most importantly win in the playoffs.

  78. On another note, the officiating continues to be below par. Not one OL holding call on over 100 drop backs? They missed multiply false starts including at least 3 on the Colts RT. Two defensive holdings. One KC overcame with 7 pts and the Colts only got 3. Two blatant pic plays by KC and a couple of offensive PI when their WRs were blocking downfield prior to a catch on a pass that crossed the LOS.

    The problem is folks say these even out but they really don’t. It matters when they occur and the game situation at the time.

    The officials effect the game by not enforcing the rules and requiring the players to adjust and play within the rules.

  79. WOW, WOW, WOW. I am a Patriots fan and they came from behind as well in the second half and had a win by one as well but this game was epic. ..just incredible. Congrats to Colts, feel for Chiefs. Never have I ever seen anything like that!!

    Why I love this game so much! that ball does nutty stuff.

  80. jakec4 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:12 PM
    … but I’ve never seen a team manage their second half timeouts as badly as KC.

    Apparently you’ve never watched Philly playoff game with Andy at the helm.

  81. I hear the local Consentino’s in Kansas City is passing out paper bags with eye holes cut out, if any Chiefs fans are interested.

  82. In a league that’s outlawed defense, no lead is insurmountable, especially indoors, where weather is never a factor.
    Yawn.
    This is the reason an outdoor Super Bowl at a cold-weather site is so intriguing: Might be the only way to keep the score un-ArenaBowl like.

  83. Wonder what was on Peyton’s mind when he was watching this game? You know he was rooting for Chiefs. Easy win for them, now he might have to face Robert Mathis again. We know what the outcome was in that game.

  84. frank21054 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:41 PM
    While everyone is praising Andrew Luck for his great game; it seems everyone is forgetting the fact that Luck helped put the Colts in the situation they were in with his 3 INTs.
    ________________
    I doubt anyone forgot that. The turnovers were terrible and 2 of the three were clearly bad plays by Luck. But part of what makes Luck great is that he doesn’t fall apart when things go wrong, including when he makes major mistakes. His stats after picks are actually phenomenal, both in college and in the NFL. He had a really bad game in some ways, but he still managed to win. That’s what Andrew Luck does … He wins. And to a large extent he’s the one who makes it happen … Just ask his teammates and coaches. Obviously, it would be better if he didn’t have the turnovers, and he’s been pretty good this year. If he has as many turnovers against NE or Denver next, weekend it will be really tough to pull it out!

  85. What happened to the Chiefs defense ? They looked so good all year and then at the end of the year they didn’t show up.

  86. Maybe its just me, but with the caliber of players Chiefs lost…All pro running back, all pro corner, and a pro bowl edge rusher in crunch time…I think a collapse was unavoidable. Christ they even lost the 2nd string back.

    But no..it was all Luck right?

  87. Yikes, for Reid’s sake I’m glad he wasn’t coaching my hometown Philadelphia team with this debacle because he’d be run out of town so fast….

  88. eviltwin007 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 9:12 PM
    Hate to say but we already beat Denver once and I think we can do it again. Patriots all I have to say is bring it.
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    With all due respect if the Colts do play the Patriots, they will have to bring it….to Foxboro. Which could happen if the Chargers upset the Bengals.

    Stay tuned.

  89. Brinke says:
    Jan 4, 2014 8:31 PM
    when Luck lunged over for the score, that was that, you knew the Chiefs were done. I remember Oilers-Bills and this one is right there.

    The Chiefs DC will be updating his resume on the flight home.

    I will take you a step further you could tell momentum had shifted on that sack fumble by Mathis that was recovered by the Colts. Then the score was 38-10, the Colts scored thereafter, i kinda had a feeling that the Chiefs were about to choke this up. And yes when you are mounting a comeback sometimes balls bounce your way, such is sports and fortune favors the fool. 🙂

  90. I watched the game and it boils down to this—some players have a cloud hanging over their head—and Alec Smith is one of them. His fumble in the second half turned the momentum in the Colts favor. And then when the Chiefs were close to kicking the winning field goal Smith gets called for intentional grounding taking them out of field goal range. No matter how good he played in this game he still can’t win! That cloud will get you every time.

  91. I drank more than Irsay during that game. Still alive@ 30-1 odds for Indy to win it all….btw, Luck >>>>>> Griffin

  92. That’s what KC gets for doing everything they could, like resting starters and missing an easy FG, to tank the game last week to prevent the Steelers from getting a playoff spot. Good, one and done, C ya.

  93. My gosh, the darlin’ Chiefs are already being coronated with the injury excuse.

    Broncos have played nary a game at full strength this year. We’re not talking just-a-guy types either. Long stretches without the likes of Miller, Clady, Welker, Bailey, etc. When the Broncos lose, its always Manning is a choker. They lose in the POs, it’ll be Manning is a choker.

    Yet the poser Chiefs lose- and, really, they haven’t beat anybody worth a crap all year- and the world lines up to whine up excuses for them.

    Sheeesh. How about maybe…just maybe…the Chiefs are a marginal team who’s rash of blind luck finally ran out. That’s the accurate spin.

  94. the8man says:
    Jan 4, 2014 9:47 PM
    eviltwin007 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 9:12 PM
    Hate to say but we already beat Denver once and I think we can do it again. Patriots all I have to say is bring it.
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    With all due respect if the Colts do play the Patriots, they will have to bring it….to Foxboro. Which could happen if the Chargers upset the Bengals.

    Stay tuned.
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    Seriously if you take out Eldelman than you take out their pass offense. The Pats have been getting lucky lately. Almost rather play them before Denver but whatever happens happens.

  95. Starting 10-0 means jack when you haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years and won’t get one this year.

  96. A lot of you may think “hey this is just like the patriots comebacks but it feels different for some reason.”. Thats because the refs didnt give the colts any calls like they give the pats such as vs the browns with the pi call and the saints which the pats olineman held the saints dlineman.

  97. steelernator says:
    Jan 4, 2014 9:50 PM
    That’s what KC gets for doing everything they could, like resting starters and missing an easy FG, to tank the game last week to prevent the Steelers from getting a playoff spot. Good, one and done, C ya.
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    For the love of God DO NOT blame KC for the Steelers for not making the playoffs. It was your team fault they sucked enough not to make it.

  98. PS: Andy Reid lost by one point after Losing the runner up to MVP, one of the best Corners in the league one of the best OLB’s, a back up RB….

    while ill cry in my shots tonight….the future looks great

    Go Chiefs !

    (Oh and please Trade Dwayne bowe – terrible teammate and worse WR)

  99. Andrew Luck is a special player and leader. I am coming to appreciate his intelligence and will to win. It must be nice to have a QB who never makes you feel out of the game. Second year QB leading the second largest comeback in NFL history.

  100. Colts fan here. Congrats to Chiefs on big turnaround this year. We did the same thing last year and everyone said it was because of our last place schedule but our Colts followed up with another pretty good year!

    Didn’t really care who won the the Eagles v Saints game tonight until I read all the trolling comments ripping Reid. Now I’m hoping the Saints pull it out just so I can see the KC fans post the “hey Eagles, maybe it wasn’t Andy” on their thread!!!!

  101. Andy Reid put on a 2nd half clinic with his prevent victory defense. Its the very reason he was fired in Philly, and the same reason he should be fired by the Chiefs tomorrow morning.

    Seriously, Luck was only able to play so well because the Chief’s played one of the worst defensive halves you will ever see a team play in the NFL. Their coverage was weak, and they never made any sort of effort to put pressure on Luck. They sat back, gave Luck all the time and space in the world, and collapsed like only an Andy Reid team could.

    Thankfully I’m not a Chief’s fan, but I feel really bad for those that are. You were robbed on a victory by your very own coach.

  102. evilt, yes the Steelers should not have been in that position but they were and did their job by winning their last 2 games. Then when the dust settled last week, KC’s loss prevented the Steelers from getting into the playoffs. Period, that was the final math last Sunday afternoon. KC should have easily won the game if they played their starters for some time, and their kicker who never misses missed an easy FG. Glad they lost today.

  103. steelernator says:
    Jan 4, 2014 10:23 PM
    evilt, yes the Steelers should not have been in that position but they were and did their job by winning their last 2 games. Then when the dust settled last week, KC’s loss prevented the Steelers from getting into the playoffs. Period, that was the final math last Sunday afternoon. KC should have easily won the game if they played their starters for some time, and their kicker who never misses missed an easy FG. Glad they lost today.
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    I’m glad they lost too or other wise the Colts season would’ve been over. But you Steeler fans need to get over it your team sucked this year and KC had no obligation to win so your team can get in the playoffs.

  104. backdapack4evr says:
    Jan 4, 2014 10:33 PM
    Totally rigged
    Luck is a joke too
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    Really, you think so, huh? Please elaborate on how the game was rigged and that Luck is a joke?

  105. “You kids claiming to have never seen a game like this before clearly were too young to watch the Houston Oilers lose a monster lead to the Bills in the exact same fashion…”

    Except the Bills were the ones without their HOF Defensive player, their HOF RB and their HOF QB.
    Houston didn’t suffer any catastrophic injuries like KC did today.

  106. Kaep is light years ahead of where Smith was at the same point in their careers. That’s not even an intelligent discussion. For the most part Alex has never looked better tonight. When they started wasting timeouts though I thought he was back on the 49ers again. Deja vu. Luck is a machine. Wild game!

  107. Colts-Colts-Colts what a great Game The Luke was rocking! My son and I part of the action-Sooooo proud of my team–Colts Physical Game! I am exhausted from watching. Luck, made great throws and was clutch…..again.

  108. Great playoff win by Indy but their next opponent will be tougher as they won’t be facing Andy Reid.

  109. When that fumble bounced off the lineman back to Luck and he scored I knew it was happening. Play that turned around the game and started the comeback. Knew then it was Colts game. Fun to watch.

  110. The Colts played a great game in the second half. I was rooting for Alex Smith though. I was mad at my team(the 49ers) for the way they treated Smith and wanted to see him go to the Superbowl this year. He should never have lost his job at S.F. The Chiefs should have won that game easily. Andy Reids clock management and the defense going to sleep in the second half lost them that game.

  111. That 2nd half summed up Andy Reid’s coaching career. Face down, bright red, looking at play sheet & not the field/game. The famous Reid Deer In Headlights look we’ve all seen before.

  112. All this Chiefs and A.Reid bashing for what? He took a team that was horrible last year and made them playoff contenders, while having a great season.

    Congrats to Colts but there is no need to bash Chiefs…I think they look great going into next year and everyone in KC should be proud.

    (signed – Seahawk fan)

  113. NFL = NBA.

    Have to beat the other team and the refs when you play one of the preordained league golden boys.

    See Pittsburgh vs Seattle when the league wanted the Bus to get a ring.

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