Chiefs suffer monumental collapse in Wildcard loss to Colts
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s so hard to believe.
There are many words to describe what happened to the Chiefs in Saturday’s AFC Wildcard game against the Indianapolis Colts. One would have to be ‘unbelievable’. But yes, it’s still true and hard to believe the day after.
The Chiefs were on the losing end of a 45-44 final score, in a game that turned out to be the second largest collapse in NFL playoff history.
Leading by 28 points early in the 3rd quarter, the Chiefs gave up 5 consecutive touchdown drives to Colts QB Andrew Luck and his pass happy offense. The Chiefs were outscored 35-6 down the stretch, and the franchise’s string of playoff futility will now stretch to 21 seasons. The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game is still January 1994, and a season that started with a 9-0 start has come to another abrupt end.
The Chiefs got 4 touchdown passes from QB Alex Smith, 3 of those in the first half. WR Dwayne Bowe caught 8 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown. But Luck threw for 443 yards total, and 4 touchdowns, and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton caught 13 passes for 224 yards and 2 scores. The biggest catch was a 64 yard touchdown with less than 4 minutes to play that gave the Colts their first lead of the game at 45-44. The Chiefs threatened and got close to field goal range, but were never able to score. Alex Smith becomes the first QB in playoff history to throw 4 touchdown passes with no interceptions, and lose. After their 9-0 start, the Chiefs finished the regular season with 2 wins and 5 losses. The playoff loss will sting the most.