Colts complete 2nd-largest comeback in NFL playoff history vs. Chiefs

Rob Carr

Second-year quarterback Andrew Luck helped Indianapolis overcome a 28-point deficit to defeat Kansas City.

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Andrew Luck has been held in contrast to Peyton Manning since entering the league in 2012, but the second-year quarterback cemented his own legacy on Saturday when he lead the Indianapolis Colts to one of the largest comebacks in NFL history against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Indianapolis looked dead and buried when the team trailed by 28 points early in the third quarter. Luck was out of sync with his receivers, throwing three interceptions. The Chiefs' defense got regular pressure and the Colts lacked a reliable run game to steady their quarterback.

Suddenly things started to change.

A 10-yard rushing touchdown by Donald Brown was quickly followed by a sack-fumble and another Colts touchdown. The Chiefs answered back with a field goal, only to see Indianapolis score two more touchdowns in five minutes -- the first came on a pass to Coby Fleener and the second on a wholly remarkable fumble recovery by Luck.

The reeling Chiefs needed offensive consistency, but only were met with injuries. The losses of Jamaal Charles, Donnie Avery and Knile Davis forced the team to lean on rookies and depth players to get them through the team's most important game in three years. A 64-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton was the backbreaker, and the Chiefs couldn't match it.

Indianapolis' 28-point comeback is second only to the 1993 Buffalo Bills, who came back from 32 points against the Houston Oilers. Now there's a new chapter in Luck's NFL story in one of the most dramatic playoff wins in recent memory.

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