(INDIANAPOLIS) — Andrew Luck orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in NFL playoff history, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a stunning 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
Luck threw four second-half touchdown passes to help the Colts rebound from a 28-point deficit. It is the first postseason victory of the young quarterback’s career.
It is only the second time in playoff history a team rallied from a deficit of 28 or more points to win, according to STATS.
“We never panicked,” Luck said. “We took it one play at a time.”
Kansas City (11-6) lost its final three games after a 9-0 start to the season. They lost several key players to injury during the game. Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles left the game in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return.
Alex Smith passed for 378 yards with four touchdowns, but it was not enough to hold off the fiesty Colts.
Indianapolis (12-5) will either travel to Denver or New England next weekend for the divisional round.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN