Historic Collapse By Chiefs Ends Season With 45-44 Loss To Colts

It will go down as maybe the biggest collapse in NFL history, and it comes at the hands of a hard to swallow playoff loss by the Chiefs.

Alex Smith
was 30 of 46 for 378 yards with four TDs and no interceptions on a day he lost his top two running backs, Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, and starting receiver Donnie Avery to injuries.

In the end, the Chiefs still held a 28-point lead in the second half, only to lose 45-44 when the defense let Colts WR T.Y. Hilton to run free for a 64-yard touchdown with four minutes to play.

Until then, the Chiefs seemed to always have a grasp on the game.

They led it 38-10, and even when Donald Brown scored to cut it to 38-17, the Colts seemed like it was nothing more than just putting up some stats in a game they had already lost.

Instead, it was the beginning of a stunning end for the Chiefs, who forgot to play D for the last 20 or so minutes, allowing Colts QB Andrew Luck to pick them apart.

When it was over, Luck finished going 29 of 45 for 443 yards, the second-highest total in franchise history for a playoff game, with four TDs and three interceptions.

The last time the Chiefs won a playoff game – 1993 when Joe Montana was under center.

The loss extended the Chiefs’ NFL record for postseason defeats to eight in a row dating to their last playoff win.

Amazingly enough, three of the four losses in the postseason for the Chiefs have come at the hands of the Colts.

No more painful than this one.


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