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     === Colts beat Chiefs, cap stunning turnaround with playoff berth ===
 Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - What a difference a year makes.
 This  time  last season,  the Indianapolis Colts  were on their  way to a 2-14
 campaign.  The  team parted  ways with  Peyton Manning  in the offseason, then
 selected Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
 By going with Luck, the Colts have made it back to the playoffs.
 Luck's  7-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne with 4:08 remaining lifted Indianapolis
 over  the Kansas  City Chiefs, 20-13, and  the Colts locked up the AFC's fifth
 Luck  completed  17-of-35 passes for 205  yards for the Colts (10-5), who have
 won  four of  five.  The  Stanford product  broke  Cam Newton's  single-season
 rookie  passing record  late in  the  second quarter  with a  23-yard pass  to
 fellow rookie  T.Y. Hilton. Luck has thrown for 4,183 yards this season.
 Wayne  caught five  passes for 81 yards for Indianapolis, which could get head
 coach  Chuck  Pagano back  for its regular-season  finale against Houston next
 week. Bruce Arians has been filling in for Pagano, who underwent treatment for
 "Mission  accomplished. That's all I can say," Arians said about extending the
 season for Pagano. "It's a fantastic feeling. Without getting emotional again,
 knowing  that he's going  to be back Monday, and the work week shouldn't be as
 Brady  Quinn connected  on 10-of-22 passes for 162 yards and two interceptions
 for the Chiefs (2-13), who play at Denver next week.
 "The  guys made  a good effort today  but we came up short," said Chiefs coach
 Romeo Crennel.
 Jamaal  Charles  carried the ball  22 times for 226  yards and a touchdown for
 Kansas  City, which racked up 507 yards of total offense. Peyton Hillis rushed
 for 101 yards on 15 carries.
 With  the scored tied at 13, the Colts took over at their own 27 with 10:13 to
 play.  Hilton  caught an  11-yard pass  on 3rd-and-4 to  keep the drive alive.
 Wayne  hauled in a screen pass and sprinted 18 yards to the Kansas City 39. He
 caught a 12-yard pass a few plays later to put the ball in the red zone. Faced
 with  a 3rd-and-goal from  the 7, Luck found Wayne in the back of the end zone
 for the go-ahead score.
 The  Chiefs  went three-and-out and  decided to  punt. Vick Ballard sealed the
 Colts' 10th playoff appearance in 11 seasons with a 13-yard run on 3rd-and-10.
 Indianapolis'  defense  came up  with a  big play early  in the first quarter.
 Darius  Butler picked  off  Quinn and  raced  32  yards the  other  way for  a
 Jon  Baldwin's 57-yard catch-and-run helped set up a 47-yard Ryan Succop field
 goal on the ensuing Kansas City possession.
 The  Chiefs moved  the ball  to the  Indianapolis 25-yard  line on  their next
 drive. However, Succop missed a 43-yard field goal.
 The  Colts got a  field goal early in the second stanza to extend their margin
 back  to  seven.  Donnie  Avery  caught  a  28-yard  pass  on  3rd-and-4,  but
 Indianapolis  failed to convert its next third down. Adam Vinatieri made a 48-
 yard field goal to make it 10-3 with 13:27 left until half.
 Kansas  City  was moving  the ball  down the  field later  in the frame. Jamar
 Newsome  caught a 28-yard pass along the right sideline to put the ball at the
 16 of the Colts. On the next play, Charles fumbled the football.
 Luck  led  the Colts'  offense on  the field and  set the single-season rookie
 passing  record  with a  23-yard pass  to Hilton.  Mewelde Moore followed with
 a  32-yard catch to  move the ball to the Kansas City 23. Vinatieri made a 36-
 yard field goal to make it 13-3 with seven seconds left.
 Charles  ripped  off an 86-yard TD  run on the  first play of the second half,
 getting Kansas City within three.
 On the next possession for the home team, Charles broke off a 33-yard run. The
 drive  was brought to  a sudden halt when Vontae Davis picked off Quinn in the
 end zone.
 After  Indianapolis went three-and-out, Davis almost had another interception.
 This  time around,  he was called for defensive pass interference. The penalty
 moved  the  ball to  the 30  of the Colts.  Kansas City  settled for a 47-yard
 Succop field goal to make it 13-13 with six minutes remaining in the third.
 The  Chiefs moved the ball to the Indianapolis 27 early in the fourth quarter.
 Kansas City went for it on 4th-and-inches and Quinn was stuffed on a QB sneak.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Colts lead  the all-time series, 11-8,  and have won eight of the last 10
 games  ...  Indianapolis went 4-4  on the road  this season, while Kansas City
 ended with a 1-7 mark at home ...  Arians tied an NFL record with nine wins as
 an  interim head coach.  Arians tied the marks set by Hamp Pool of the Rams in
 1952  and Wally Lemm  of Houston in 1961 ... Ballard carried the ball 20 times
 for 69 yards ... Kansas City had 352 yards on the ground.
 12/23 21:14:44 ET

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