Luck with Colts in comeback win over Chiefs

Sat Jan 4, 2014 9:29pm EST
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(Reuters) - Andrew Luck tossed four touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts kicked off the National Football League post-season with a pulsating 45-44 comeback wild-card win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Trailing 38-10 in the third quarter, the AFC South champions climbed off the ropes led by Luck, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to end the Chiefs' Cinderella season and send the Colts through to the divisional round against either the Denver Broncos or New England Patriots.

"Obviously an incredible victory, a great team victory, one for the ages. I've never seen anything quite like it," Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters. "Twenty-one points at the half wasn't enough so we thought we would give them another seven just to make it interesting."

The Chiefs, a league worst 2-14 a year ago had looked poised to claim their first playoff win in 20 years until Luck, the former-number one overall pick, went to work, engineering one of the all-time NFL playoff comebacks. Only two teams have ever rallied from 28-point deficits to get the win.

It marked the eighth consecutive post-season defeat for the Chiefs, breaking the record they had shared with the Detroit Lions.

Luck had look more the goat than the hero after tossing three interceptions but recovered with three second-half touchdown passes, including a 64-yard strike to T.Y. Hilton with just over four minutes to play to give the Colts their first lead of the day at 45-44.

"It was a total team effort - defensively, special teams, offensively," said Luck, who completed 29 of 45 attempts for 443 yards in his first career post-season win. "We never panicked, played it one play at a time.

"It felt like for a moment out there I was trying to lose the game for us. I felt like I was letting the team down.

"I'm happy that they stuck by me and trusted in me. Guys stepped up, everybody stepped up."   Continued...

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the winning touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Kansas City 45-44. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports