Defeated Chiefs 45-44 in AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Points Scored: 391 (T-14th)
Points Allowed: 336 (9th)
Obviously, it takes more than just luck to overcome a 28-point third-quarter deficit to win any football game.
Then again, having a lot of Andrew Luck always helps.
The second-year quarterback overcame three interceptions by throwing for 443 yards and four touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts rallied from a 38-10 third-quarter deficit to stun the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 45-44.
“He kept telling us, even at 38-10, ‘We’re going to win this game’,’’ said left tackle Anthony Castonzo to Bob Kravitz of IndyStar.com.
“Andrew kept saying, ‘Stay with me, stay with me,’” added right tackle Gosder Cherilus. “He willed us to this win.’’
The teams combined for 1,049 total yards, the most ever in a postseason game, and the 89 points made it the third-highest-scoring playoff game in league history.
Along with his four scoring passes, Luck was also Andrew-on-the-spot when teammate Donald Brown fumbled on his way to the end zone. The alert quarterback grabbed the ball and lunged into the end zone for a touchdown that narrowed Kansas City’s lead to 41-38 early in the fourth quarter.
Luck’s 64-yard scoring toss to wideout T.Y. Hilton with just over four minutes to play and the subsequent PAT gave the Colts the lead for good.
So what does this mean going forward as Pagano’s team prepares to take on the New England Patriots in the divisional playoffs? The Colts did give up 44 points and 513 yards of total offense.
However, one thing is for sure (we think). A team that committed a league-low 14 turnovers during the regular season can’t afford to give up the football four times again and still expect to win.