For years now, the NFL has been on a mission to increase scoring and excitement. What they wanted is exactly what they got when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in a come-from-behind shootout that will immediately be labeled an instant classic.
Led by Andrew Luck, one of the best young quarterbacks in the game, the Colts were down by 21 points in the first half and 28 points in the third quarter. That would have been a death sentence in the old NFL, but in today’s game, as long as you have a high-flying offense, you’re never out of the game. Luck scored four touchdowns on the day, but threw three interceptions as well. That’s the kind of box score you used to only see in a Madden game, but in the new NFL, it will start to become common, even in the playoffs
A back and forth game that included over 1,000 yards of offense (no, that’s not a typo) and 58 first downs, the Colts’ epic comeback against the Chiefs signals the beginning of a new era of scoring in the NFL. An era that the league has been flirting with for years now, this was the kind of exciting game that fans have been waiting for. Whether it’s been through protecting the passer, allowing receivers to run over the middle without consequences or by flagging every defender who gets in the personal space of a receiver, they’ve been opening up the game and increasing scoring for decades.
The league couldn’t have asked for a better way to start what they hope is a high-scoring, exciting postseason