Colts Wild-Card Match: Chiefs vs. Colts

Final Score: Chiefs 44 – Colts 45

If you turned off the TV when the Colts were down 28 points in the third quarter well then I don’t blame you. However,  you missed one of the best comebacks in NFL history. It wasn’t a perfect day for Andrew Luck as he threw for three interceptions but he did enough to win the game including a game-winning 64 TD throw to T.Y. Hilton.

Offense:

Andrew Luck, as stated before, didn’t have a clean day but he made throws when he needed to win the game. The one thing that was underestimated was how quick the drives in the second half ended. The longest drive in the second half was around four minutes while the majority of the drives were around two minutes. This fast paced (mostly due to the no-huddle) offense was the reason the Colts were able to comeback from a 28-point deficit. Donald Brown had a great game even though he fumbled the ball which Luck grabbed it and ran for a touchdown. Brown had a five yards per carry average in the game with a rushing touchdown and caught four passes with one of them being a touchdown. Coby Fleener had a good day catching four passes 46 yards and one touchdown. T.Y. Hilton had an amazing day and the best game of his short career. Hilton caught 13 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns (one of the touchdowns was the game-winning touchdown). I’ll say that Hilton had the best postseason game as a wide receiver ever. Overall a strong showing in the second half as the Colts offense scored 35 points in the second half.

Grade: B+

Defense:

The defense started the game getting burned and letting the Chiefs offense run over them in the first half. It seemed that the defense was going to be the reason why the Colts would lose the game. However, Robert Mathis added life in the Colts as he stripped-sacked Chiefs QB Alex Smith. This started the sudden defensive hold on the Chiefs as they couldn’t get the touchdown after Luck’s third quarter interception. The Colts defense allowed on 13 points into the entire second half. One thing is that Cory Redding and Antoine Bethea should get a game ball as they stopped the Chiefs getting a touchdown in the first half which proved to be the reason they won as the Chiefs decided to kick the field goal due to a third down goal-line stand. If the Colts defense can do what they did in the second half and do that in the entire game next week then maybe the Colts don’t have to rely on Andrew Luck to win the game.

Grade: B-

Special Teams:

The Colts special teams was pretty good containing a dangerous Chiefs special teams. The Colts allowed an average of 26 return yards in kickoff returns and allowed only six return yards in punt returns. Pat McAfee had a quiet day as he punted only once for 45 yards. Adam Vinatieri had a good day as he was perfect 1-for-1 in FGs. Vinatieri also made all six extra points.

Grade: A