At halftime, I’ll admit, even I thought this thing was over. But, how quickly I forgot that there is a reason teams play a second half — especially in the playoffs. The Kansas City Chiefs held a 31-10 lead on the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night and Andrew Luck had thrown two costly interceptions to cripple his Colts in the first half.
The Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles early on, but showed no signs of slowing down as Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a scoring frenzy before halftime. Kansas City scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to overwhelm the Colts heading into the break.
So, how foolish was it to think the Colts were done?
Let’s remember that we are talking about a second-year quarterback who has come from behind plenty of times in his young career to win late in the game. To think Luck and company were out of it at this point, well, it was only human — I’ll give you that.
Luck defied all odds in the second half, leading the Colts to 35 points while Indy’s defense held Kansas City to 13. Do the math — Indianapolis came away with a 45-44 victory in miraculous fashion. It was Luck’s fourth touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, caught by T.Y. Hilton, that put the Colts ahead for the first time all game. It may have been the first time, but it was all they needed when it was all said and done.
The Colts were down by 28 points early in the third quarter after another turnover led to a Chiefs score. That’s when Luck decided he was going to re-write history for Indianapolis. The 28-point comeback was the second-largest comeback in playoff history. Luck wasn’t done with the record books there.
The quarterback also broke Cam Newton’s record for most passing yards in his first two seasons as a pro. Luck is solidifying himself as one of those guys that you can never, ever, ever count out of a game — no matter how bad it looks. A once 28-point deficit was quickly turned into one heck of a game come late in the fourth quarter.
From here, the Colts await the ending of Sunday’s game between the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals to find out their second round opponent. I think it’s safe to say that after a victory like this, Indianapolis can be confident no matter who they might play next weekend.