Down 28 points early in the third quarter, Luck staged the second biggest comeback in playoff history, leading a reinvigorated Colts to 35-second half points against an injury depleted Chiefs in the weekend's first Wild Card game. Despite throwing an uncharacteristic three interceptions, the former Stanford University quarterback and first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, threw for 443 yards, four touchdown passes and a fumble recover for another to beat Alex Smith, another former San Francisco Bay Area quarterback.
Smith also had an outstanding game, throwing for 378 yards and four touchdowns and running for 57 yards. But it was his fourth quarter fumble with 3:28 to go and subsequent intentional grounding just before the two-minute warning that led to a heartbreaking loss for Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Early in the game, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles suffered a game ending concussion, leading some fans at Lucas Oil Stadium to think the Colts would then have a cakewalk. Yet despite playing without their top offensive threat, the Chiefs completely throttled the Colts in the first half, capitalizing on miscues by the home team to lead 31-10 at intermission.
The second half appeared to be the mirror opposite as the Chiefs only could muster two field goals while yielding five touchdowns, including the 64-yard touchdown pass from Luck to T.Y. Hilton to close out the scoring.
By virtue of the win, the Indianapolis Colts head to next week’s divisional playoffs pending the outcome of tomorrow’s matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Diego Chargers in Cincinnati.
Although the Kansas City Chiefs ended their season on a low note, led by new Head Coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smtih, the team went from a league-worst 2-14 in 2012 to a complete turnaround this season, finishing at 11-6.