If you were not in front of your television, tuned into the opening game of the 2014 NFL Playoffs, you missed one of the best postseason matchups in the history of the game.The Kansas City Chiefs held a 31-10 lead at halftime over the Indianapolis Colts, and stretched it to a 28-point lead early in the third quarter, but still would up losing the game.
The reason for the Chiefs’ demoralizing defeat lies in their defense, who had been highly overrated since early this year. Kansas City gave up lots of yards all season long, but because of their ability to sack the quarterback, were able to stifle teams from scoring more points early on. As the season went on, Kansas City saw that trend diminish.
In the second half against the Colts, Andrew Luck finished off a game in which he totaled five touchdowns — four passing and one rushing. Luck threw for 443 yards on the night in a game where the Colts completed the second-largest comeback in the history of the NFL playoffs.
Kansas City couldn’t stop Luck in the second half, whatsoever. His receivers were wide open on many occasions, but Luck also showed tremendous ability to extend plays and make excellent decisions in the last quarter and a half. T.Y. Hilton ended with 224 receiving yards, the majority of which came in the second half as Luck found him over and over again.
Amidst a crushing loss, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith made team history as he set a team record with four touchdown passes in a playoff game. Without running back Jamaal Charles for over three quarters in this one, Smith’s arm was the sole reason for Kansas City’s 44 points. He led the offense on some fantastic drives and played very efficient football. Unfortunately, for the Chiefs, the defense didn’t quite do their part and Kansas City is headed home after what has been a dream of a season.