The Kansas City Chiefs lost a heartbreaker to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs, in a game in which the Chiefs led in the second half by 28 points. The loss marks an end to an incredible turn around season in which the Chiefs went from 2-14 to 11-5 under the helm of Alex Smith and Andy Reid.
What went wrong?
In the first half of the game, the ball seemed to bounce the Chiefs way in all directions and the game looked to be over at that point with little hope of a comeback for Indianapolis. Even with four turnovers, the Colts were still very much in the game throughout, as any team led by a quarterback with the talent of Andrew Luck is very hard to count out.
The Chiefs secondary suffered once again this year, as they allowed over 400 yards through the air and over 200 alone to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Numerous injures plagued the Chiefs, as early as the first drive, as Jamaal Charles, Donnie Avery, and Brandon Flowers all suffered concussion and Knile Davis, Justin Houston, and Donta Robinson all had injuries of their own as well.
There is no excuse to ever blow a 28-point lead, especially in the second half, but if their ever was one perhaps the Chiefs had a case with their situation today. Despite all the injuries, the Chiefs were able to give themselves a chance at the end to win the game.
What went right?
With the Chiefs scoring 44 points during the loss, there was a lot that went right for them during the game. Alex Smith, statistically, outperformed Andrew Luck’s efficiency, as Smith threw for nearly 400 yards with 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions compared to Luck’s 4 TDs and 3 INTs.
Knile Davis did a great job filling in for Charles by both receiving and rushing for a touchdown until his day came to an end when he suffered an apparent knew injury and third string running back Cyrus Gray had to fill in and had limited touches.
Dwayne Bowe had by far the biggest day on offense for the Chiefs catching the ball as he had 8 receptions for an astounding 150 yards and a touchdown.
What to take away
Win or go home. That’s all that goes through your mind in a playoff situation and there is a lot of truth to it. There is no tomorrow in the playoffs when you lose and all your efforts throughout the season can come to an end at the end of the day. The Chiefs, however, have a lot to look forward to. Right now it may seem as if this year was a failure after starting out 9-0 and being up 28 points to the Indianapolis Colts in the second half of a playoff game and yet still are headed home for the offseason.
The Chiefs came a long way from being 2-14 last season and after big questions are answered on the Chiefs defense, especially the secondary, in the offseason, the Chiefs and their fans can expect to build off of this year and make a run at the division title and in the playoffs come next season.
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