COLTS 45, CHIEFS 44
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes after
halftime, including a 64-yarder to a wide-open T.Y. Hilton for the
go-ahead score with 4:22 left, leading the Indianapolis Colts from a
four-TD deficit to an improbable 45-44 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card game Saturday.
Indianapolis (12-5) became the second team in playoff history to win
after trailing by 28 or more points, according to STATS. The other:
Buffalo over Houston 41-38 in overtime in January 1993. The Colts will
travel to either Denver or New England next weekend for the divisional
round with four straight wins.
Luck was 29 of 45 for 443 yards, the second-highest total in franchise
history for a playoff game, with four TDs and three interceptions. He
also picked up a fumble and ran it in for a 5-yard score. Hilton broke
a franchise playoff record with 13 catches and 224 yards, finishing
with two TDs — including the winner.
Kansas City (11-6) finished its turnaround season with three straight
losses, two to the Colts and an eighth straight postseason defeat —
none more stunning than this one. The eight straight losses broke a tie
with the Detroit Lions for the longest playoff skid.
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.
SAINTS 26, EAGLES 24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shayne Graham, signed by the Saints just over two
weeks ago, kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play to give New Orleans its first road playoff victory.
Graham's fourth field goal sent the Saints (12-5) to Seattle for next
Saturday's divisional playoff game against the NFC's top seed. The
Seahawks routed the Saints 34-7 during the season.
Drew Brees threw for a touchdown, Mark Ingram rushed for 97 yards and
another score, and the Saints' defense slowed Chip Kelly's up-tempo
offense just enough. New Orleans had been 0-5 in postseason games
outside of the Big Easy since entering the league in 1967.
Philadelphia wound up 10-7 in Kelly's first year as coach. He guided
them from worst to first in the NFC East, but they were only 4-5 at
Nick Foles hit rookie Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown with 4:54
remaining as Philadelphia rallied from a 13-point deficit to take a
one-point lead. But Darren Sproles had a 39-yard kickoff return and a
horse-collar tackle brought New Orleans to the Philadelphia 48. Using
mostly runs, the Saints ate up the clock and set up Graham's winner.