NFL: Colts clinch playoff berth with win against Chiefs

Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:34pm EST
 

(Reuters) - The Indianapolis Colts crowned their remarkable turnaround by clinching an AFC wild-card playoff berth with a 20-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Colts, who tied for the NFL's worst record last season at 2-14, improved to 10-5 with their win over the 2-13 Chiefs.

Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, who the Colts claimed with the number one pick in the NFL Draft thanks to their woeful record, hit a leaping Reggie Wayne in the back of the end zone for the winning touchdown with 4:08 left in the game.

Luck set the league record for passing yards in a season for a rookie, eclipsing the mark of 4,051 yards last season by Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and he still has next week's regular season-ending game against AFC South champion Houston Texans.

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Gene Cherry)

 
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (R) and wide receiver Donnie Avery (L) congratulate wide receiver Reggie Wayne on his go-ahead touchdown during the second half of Colts' win in their NFL football game in Kansas City, Missouri December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup