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NFL Wild Card Playoff Recap: Colts Rally Past Chiefs, 45-44

Wild Card Playoffs - Kansas City Chiefs v Indianapolis Colts
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Andrew Luck threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 4:21 left, and the Colts miraculously rallied past the Kansas City Chiefs, 45-44, in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs in Indianapolis on Saturday. The Colts overcame a 28-point second-half deficit to advance to next week’s divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Luck’s pass to Hilton was the fifth touchdown of the second half for Indianapolis. They trailed 38-10 after Alex Smith threw a 10-yard TD pass to Knile Davis early in the third quarter. The Chiefs managed just two field goals over the rest of the game. They saw their final hopes dashed when Smith’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete in Colts’ territory with 1:55 to play.

Luck completed 29 of his 45 pass attempts for 443 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. He also recovered teammate Donald Brown’s fumble for a score to pull Indianapolis within 41-38 at the start of the fourth quarter. Hilton had 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts.

If Cincinnati beats San Diego tomorrow, the Colts will travel to Denver next week. If the Chargers win, Indianapolis will face New England in Foxborough, Mass.

Despite losing running back Jamaal Charles for the game after he suffered a possible concussion on the first drive, Kansas City broke out to a 31-10 halftime lead largely on the strength of three touchdown passes from Smith. He passed for 378 yards and four scores in the game.

Dwayne Bowe had eight receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs. Charles’ replacement Knile Davis carried 18 times for 67 yards and a score before leaving with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

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