Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis (98) celebrates after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Indianapolis. Indianapolis defeated Kansas City 45-44. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)The Associated Press
Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) runs from Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis (98) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)The Associated Press
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent.
But the New England Patriots aren't counting on the Indianapolis Colts being that vulnerable again.
The Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44 on Saturday in an AFC wild-card playoff game. On Saturday night, they'll visit the Patriots in a divisional round game.
Much of the focus in the Colts' win over the Chiefs went to quarterback Andrew Luck's comeback from a 38-10 third-quarter deficit. The defense that put Indianapolis in that hole got far less attention.
In the first half, the Chiefs marched 82, 79 and 77 yards to touchdowns and 68 yards to a field goal after kickoffs or punts.
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