Score: Colts 45, Chiefs 44
It was over when: Pick just about any moment in the second half and I wouldn’t argue with you. But no Jamaal Charles in the second half (out with a concussion) hurt the Chiefs ability to kill clock in the second half.
Player of the Game: Alex Smith. Chiefs only had a chance because Smith was unbelievably good.
Fun Fact: 44 points is the most points scored by a losing team in the playoffs since the Packers scored 45 in a loss in 2010. It is the most points scored by a losing playoff team in regulation ever.
1. Alex Smith
378 Yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, 57 yards rushing (7.1 ypc). Smith should be receiving an extension sometime in the next few months.
2. Knile Davis
He was very good filling in for Charles before he, too, went down with an ankle injury.
3. The First Half
That was fun.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Sorry, Cleveland. God hates Kansas City.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 5, 2014
1. The Curse
What does this city have to do to break whatever curse it is under? What did we do to deserve this?
2. Secondary Depth
Losing Brandon Flowers didn’t help much, but Kansas City had nothing at cornerback after he went down. Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper were fine, but after that Kansas City had nothing. Indy simply looked for where Dunta Robinson was on the field and then attacked him.
Kendrick Lewis and Quintin Demps also had terrible games.
Jamaal Charles. Brandon Flowers. Justin Houston. Donnie Avery. Knile Davis. Dunta Robinson. All of those guys were knocked out of the game due to injury.
Excuse me, I’m going to go drink a lot of alcohol now…