A tale of two halves? At halftime of the Indianapolis Colts‘ biggest game of the season, they were down 31-10. When the Kansas City Chiefs intercepted an Andrew Luck pass on the opening possession of the second half and subsequently scored a touchdown to stretch their lead to 28, people were claiming that the game was over, but these claims helped us all relearn a valuable lesson — “it’s not over until the fat lady sings.”
The Colts’ Jekyll and Hyde performance is something that became a trend during the season, with each of their five losses coming by at least 10 points. In each of these games, the Colts either dug themselves into early deficits or had trouble with turnovers.
The Colts did both in Saturday’s game against the Chiefs. The Colts had four turnovers in the first half of that game, which is usually the perfect recipe for failure. That’s the funny thing about Jekyll and Hyde though, when you think things can’t get any worse, Jekyll turns back to Hyde and cleans up the mess.
Luck bounced back from each of his three interceptions and threw three of his four touchdowns in the second half. The Colts and Luck owed it to the fans in Indianapolis to perform better in the second half, as a 28-point deficit in a home playoff game is almost unfathomable.
The Colts coming back from the deficit also seemed unfathomable, as the Chiefs had one of the league’s top defenses for most of the year, but when Luck scooped up a Donald Brown fumble and plunged into the end zone to cut the Chiefs’ lead to three in the fourth quarter, you got the feeling that something special was being witnessed.
Indianapolis completed the second biggest comeback in playoff history because of their ability to refocus after mistakes. Being able to score 45 points when four turnovers have been committed is amazing; it shows they could move the ball almost at will. In the NFL playoffs, there is no quitting. The Colts proved that on Saturday and reminded us all why we love football.