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               === Luck, Colts shock Chiefs with comeback win ===
 
 Indianapolis,   IN   (SportsNetwork.com)  -   The  Indianapolis  Colts'  first
 postseason  win in  the post-Peyton Manning era had everything to do with Luck
 -- and a little bit of Hilton as well.
 
 Andrew  Luck led  the  Colts back  from a  28-point  third-quarter deficit  by
 orchestrating five touchdown drives in the second half, the last ending with a
 64-yard  pass to  T.Y. Hilton that lifted Indianapolis to a wild 45-44 victory
 over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round of the AFC playoffs.
 
 After  throwing three  interceptions that helped put his team in a 38-10 hole,
 Luck  carved up  a  usually stout  Kansas City  defense  in orchestrating  the
 second-largest  comeback  in NFL  playoff history. The second-year quarterback
 finished  with  four touchdown  passes,  ran  in  another  score on  a  fumble
 recovery, and put up 443 yards passing while completing 29-of-45 attempts.
 
 Hilton  came up  huge as well, hauling  in 13 of Luck's attempts for 224 yards
 and  a pair  of touchdowns,  none  bigger than  his go-ahead  score with  4:21
 remaining.
 
 "It  was one  for the  ages," Colts  head coach  Chuck Pagano  said afterward.
 "Never  seen anything  like it. I don't  know if we won one of the statistical
 battles  -- time  of  possession, third  down,  turnovers --  I  know we  were
 probably minus-three (in turnovers) at the end of the day. But really the only
 one  that  counts and matters is  the score. At the  end of the day we had one
 more point than they had."
 
 Donald  Brown had both a rushing and receiving touchdown for the fourth-seeded
 Colts,  who could  potentially face their former franchise quarterback in next
 weekend's  Divisional  Round pending  the  outcome  of Sunday's  game  between
 Cincinnati and San Diego.
 
 Should the favored Bengals win on Sunday, Indianapolis would head to Denver to
 face  Manning's  Broncos  in  next  Sunday's  conference  semifinals.  If  the
 Chargers  prevail,  the  Colts  will  take on  second-seeded  New  England  on
 Saturday.
 
 The Chiefs overcame a concussion to All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles on the
 game's  opening drive  to score on their  first five poss sessions en route to
 building a seemingly insurmountable lead that was erased by Luck's heroics.
 
 Alex  Smith threw  four touchdown passes while going 30-of-46 for 378 yards in
 defeat, while Dwayne Bowe racked up 150 yards and a touchdown on eight catches
 in the Chiefs' eighth straight postseason loss since Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana
 led the franchise to a Divisional Round win during the 1993 season.
 
 "[The  Colts] found a way to make enough plays in the end and we didn't in the
 fourth quarter," said Smith.
 
 Knile  Davis compiled 100 yards from scrimmage and recorded both a rushing and
 receiving touchdown in Charles' absence, but also exited the contest due to an
 ankle injury in the fourth quarter.
 
 The  Chiefs appeared well on their way towards ending their 20-year postseason
 jinx  after  Husain Abdullah intercepted Luck  on the first play of the second
 half,  with  the turnover  leading to  Smith's 10-yard pass  to Davis that put
 Kansas City up by a 38-10 score.
 
 Indianapolis  was able to reverse the momentum by moving 80 yards in just five
 plays  on the  subsequent  series, with  Brown following  a  46-yard catch  by
 Da'Rick Rogers with a 10-yard run that closed the still-sizeable gap.
 
 Robert  Mathis then  jarred the ball loose  from Smith on a blindside sack and
 Kelvin  Sheppard  recovered the  fumble near  midfield. Four Luck completions,
 including  a 3-yard  screen that Brown took into the end zone, suddenly pulled
 the Colts within 38-24 just past the midway mark of the third quarter.
 
 Abdullah  intercepted  Luck again  on  Indy's  next offensive  touch,  though,
 setting  up Ryan  Succop's  42-yard  field goal  that  gave  Kansas City  some
 additional breathing room.
 
 Luck shook off the miscue and caught fire once more, however, directing a pair
 of touchdown drives to whittle the differential down to only three points.
 
 A  6-play, 80-yard  jaunt that  featured long  receptions by  Brown and  LaVon
 Brazill  ended in  Luck's 12-yard bullet to  Coby Fleener that cut the lead to
 41-31  entering the  fourth quarter. Indianapolis then drove nearly the length
 of the field upon getting the ball back on a punt, with Luck going 5-for-6 for
 59 yards and Hilton on the receiving end of three of those passes.
 
 Brown  got the  ball down to the  Chiefs' two with an 8-yard grab, but fumbled
 when being hit by Eric Berry on the next play. The ball bounced right to Luck,
 who  alertly  dived over the  pile for what was  ruled a 5-yard touchdown that
 made it a one-score game with 10:38 remaining.
 
 "I  sort  of set Donald up  for failure a little  bit there," said Luck of the
 play.  "It was  a loaded box and I  called a run. I was hoping Donald would do
 one  of his  amazing plays like he'd been  doing all game. [I] sort of saw the
 ball  back there  and I think you  revert to playground, whatever. Pick it up,
 try and score."
 
 Kansas  City answered with a clock-churning 11-play march, highlighted by A.J.
 Jenkins'  27-yard catch-and-run  into Colts'  territory on  3rd-and-7. Smith's
 next  two passes fell incomplete, though, to bring Succop on for a 43-yard try
 that pushed the lead to 44-38 with 5:40 to go.
 
 The  Colts needed just over a minute to strike again, as Hilton got behind the
 defense  and Luck  split the safeties with  a pinpoint deep ball that put Indy
 ahead for the first time in the game.
 
 "Before  we broke the huddle coming off the sideline, Coach Pagano told me 'Go
 win  the  game for us',"  said Hilton. "[Luck] called the play and said, 'Man,
 just  run, just run.  I took an outside release, got up on the safety, got his
 hips turned and Andrew let it go."
 
 Smith  twice  connected with Bowe  to get the  Chiefs across midfield, but was
 later  called  for intentional grounding  that eventually brought about a 4th-
 and-11. Bowe then couldn't get both feet inbounds on a long sideline pass just
 after  the two-minute warning,  and the Colts ran out the clock to survive and
 advance.
 
 "Everybody  contributed  and played  well. We didn't  do well enough, though,"
 said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. "We've got to take care of that thing at the
 end there and score points."
 
 Up  10-7 at the  end of a fast-paced opening quarter, the Chiefs put up a pair
 of  touchdowns inside  the first two minutes of the second to put Indianapolis
 at a substantial early deficit.
 
 On  3rd-and-10 from the Kansas City 21, Smith dropped back and hit a wide-open
 Donnie  Avery in  stride after  the speedy  wideout blew  clear of  the Colts'
 secondary.  The  79-yard  score  was  the  longest  passing  play  in  Chiefs'
 postseason history.
 
 Indianapolis'  Trent Richardson  fumbled on the very next snap from scrimmage,
 with  the Chiefs' Justin  Houston scooping up the loose ball at the Colts' 17-
 yard  line.  Three plays  later, Smith  delivered a  backhanded shovel toss to
 fullback  Anthony Sherman  for a  5-yard touchdown  that quickly  extended the
 margin to 24-7.
 
 Adam  Vinatieri's 37-yard  field  9:14 before  halftime got  the  Colts a  bit
 closer,  with  Luck's 21-yard  read-option keeper on  4th-and-1 setting up the
 kick.  However,  Kansas City responded  with a damaging 15-play, 81-yard drive
 that consumed nearly 7 1/2 minutes off the second-quarter clock.
 
 Smith converted  third downs on four   occasions during the lengthy march, the
 last  an  8-yard scramble  on 3rd-and-7  that created  a 1st-and-goal in which
 Davis  powered  in from four  yards out to give  the Chiefs a commanding 31-10
 lead they carried into the half.
 
 Both  quarterbacks  were  sharp  on  their  opening  possessions,  with  Smith
 engineering  a 14-play,  82-yard trek he capped with a 6-yard delivery to Bowe
 midway  through  the first quarter.  Luck hit on all  seven of his attempts on
 a pass-only sequence that tied the contest on Hilton's 10-yard grab in one-on-
 one coverage with 4:34 left in the period.
 
 Bowe  broke  off a 63-yard  gain on  a short pass  on Kansas City's next drive
 before  being  brought down at the  Colts' two, though the Colts stuffed Davis
 twice  at the goal line and the Chiefs settled for Succop's 19-yard field goal
 and a 10-7 edge.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  comeback was  surpassed only by Buffalo's 41-38 overtime triumph over the
 Houston  Oilers  in the  1992 AFC  Wild Card Playoffs,  during which the Bills
 overcame  a  32-point deficit ...  Luck's 443 were  the second-most by a Colts
 quarterback  in  a playoff  game, with  Manning putting  up 458  in a win over
 Denver  in  a 2004 opening-round  clash ... In  addition to Charles and Davis'
 injuries,  both Avery and Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers left the game with
 concussions   ...  Hilton's  224  receiving  yards  marked  the  third-highest
 individual  total  in a playoff  game, with  Buffalo's Eric Moulds holding the
 record  of 240 set in 1998 ... Davis ended with 67 rushing yards on 18 carries
 and  seven catches  totaling 33 yards ... The teams were meeting in postseason
 play for the fourth time, with the Colts winning all four matchups.
 
 01/05 00:16:17 ET