The Kansas City Chiefs had a huge lead and an eye toward the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, but a historic comeback from the Indianapolis Colts left them stunned.
Training by 28 points early in the third quarter, the Colts exploded for five second-half touchdowns, stopping the Chiefs last-gasp effort with under two minutes remaining to hold on for the win.
The Kansas City Chiefs stormed out to a 38-10 lead, but suffered injuries to running backs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis as well as wide receiver Donny Avery.
With their offense hampered, the Chiefs needed their defense to come up with a few stops to preserve the win. Instead Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and returned a fumble for another touchdown in leading his team to the comeback victory.
Luck finished 29 of 45 for 443 yards, the second-highest total in franchise history.
“We never panicked,” Luck said. “We took it one play at a time.”
T.Y. Hilton also set a franchise playoff record with 13 catches and 224 yards. He caught two touchdowns, including a 75-yard score late in the fourth quarter that put the Colts up for good.
With the comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts became just the second team in history to overcome a deficit of at least 28 points. The other was the Buffalo Bills, who overcame a 32-point deficit over the Houston Oilers in the 1993 playoffs, winning 41-38.
The Colts will now go on to play either the Denver Broncos or New England Patriots, while the Kansas City Chiefs extend a postseason losing streak that dates back to 1993.