Alex Smith breaks Chiefs playoff record in loss

Andy Lyons

The Kansas City Chiefs will need to wait another year to win in the playoffs, but their quarterback was sensational.

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Give yourself a hand if you predicted Alex Smith would finish Saturday as the greatest quarterback in Kansas City Chiefs playoff history.

That might sound like hyperbole, but Smith's 378 passing yards and four touchdowns were nearly enough to lead Kansas City to its first playoff win in two decades. The Chiefs quarterback always emphasizes wins over statistics, but even the normally-reserved Smith should crack a smile when he realizes he's now in the team's record books... after the sting of the loss wears off, that is.

Smith did everything he could for the Chiefs in a game in which his offense was robbed of several key players. Jamaal Charles left the field early with a concussion, followed by Donnie Avery and Knile Davis. It's a testament to Smith's game that the Chiefs remained competitive without the team's offensive MVP on the field.

A 28-point lead evaporated in the second half courtesy of some Andrew Luck heroics, but that doesn't take away from the record game by Smith. It's a devastating end to a Chiefs season that showed so much promise, and it's going to take another year to try and win the elusive playoff game that's evaded Kansas City for 20 years.

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