The Kansas City Chiefs came into the playoffs losing five of the last seven games in the regular season but still appeared confident as they went on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts. Even after losing Jamaal Charles on the first drive of the game, Kansas City continued to press the advantage and build a 28 point lead in the second half after intercepting the first pass of Andrew Luck after halftime. But the injuries kept mounting and the Chiefs couldn’t keep things going, leading to a monumental collapse in the second half to lose 45-44.
After Charles went down, Kansas City turned to rookie Kniles Davis who seemed more than ready to carry the load for KC. But then wide receiver Donnie Avery left the game. Then cornerback Brandon Flowers. Then Davis and defensive end Justin Houston. The injuries just kept coming for the Chiefs and so did Indianapolis, led by Luck and his 443 yards passing and five total touchdowns. The Chiefs forced four turnovers, including three interceptions from Luck, but didn’t have the healthy bodies available to take advantage.
The loss puts a disappointing punctuation to Andy Reid‘s first run at the helm. Despite completely turning things around from 2012 when they won just two games the entire season, Kansas City will be haunted this offseason by getting outscored 35-6 to close out the game and coughing up what looked like a sure-fire playoff win for a roster that is loaded with Pro Bowl talent (though three of those Pro Bowlers didn’t finish the game). The loss drops Reid to 10-10 in playoff games and makes the Chiefs 0-8 in their last eight playoff appearances.
While Kansas City accomplished a lot this season, they will end it in a monumentally disappointing finish as they let a huge lead slip away from them in Indianapolis. There will be plenty of questions asked this offseason about what happened in the Wild Card game as the Chiefs are left to ponder what could have been if they had been able to keep a few key players healthy.