Andrew Luck tossed four touchdowns to lead the No.4-seed Indianapolis Colts to one of the greatest comebacks in National Football League post-season game history. The Colts’ 45-44 victory on Jan. 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. over the No. 5-seed Kansas City Chiefs was the first game in the AFC wild card round.
The Colts trailed the Chiefs by 28 points after Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith connected with running back Knile Davis for a 10-yard touchdown, pushing the Kansas City ahead, 38-10 in the third quarter.
But the Chiefs scored only six points for the rest of the game, while Luck and the Colts came charging back to score 35 points in the second half.
Luck overcame a slow start after throwing three interceptions early in the game. The second-year quarterback caught rhythm with one of his favorite weapons, second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton, who caught 13 passes for 224 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Hilton also caught the game-deciding score, a 64-yard touchdown bomb late in the fourth quarter. Luck finished with 443 passing yards.
Kansas City fell victim to the injury bug, losing Pro Bowl running back Jamal Charles to a concussion injury in the first quarter. Charles’ backup, Knile Davis also left the game early with a leg injury. The Chiefs’ star cornerback Brandon Flowers and speedy receiver Donnie Avery both were also knocked out of the game with concussions. Avery caught a 79-yard touchdown pass before leaving the game.
Smith finished 30-for-46 for 378 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for the Chiefs in the loss. Veteran receiver Dwayne Bowe led the Chiefs with eight catches for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Kansas City ends their season with an 11-6 record, while the Colts advance to 12-5. They’ll face the No. 1-seed Denver Broncos (13-3) in the AFC divisional round on Jan. 12 at 4:40 p.m. eastern time.