Andy Reid's Press Conference Transcript from The Mothership
"Not much to say, compliments to the Colts for coming back. They did a nice job, 35 points in the second half. We started kicking field goals and they started scoring touchdowns, but they deserve the win for the way they played. I'm proud of my guys for the season. We've got to work through the offseason to get ourselves better, so we can do better job against a team like this, right here."
Alex Smith: 'We Just Did Not Get It Done' from The Mothership
As guys are going down, what was the cumulative effect from that?
"You know, we didn't really have time to think about it in the game; you're really just trying to steady the ship and just continue to go out there; that's kind of the name of the game in this league. The next guy has to come up and step up and step in and I felt like those guys did a great job for the most part."
Sunday Morning Takeaways: Chiefs vs. Colts from The Mothership
BOWE TIES MARK FOR LONG RECEPTION, AVERY PASSES IT: WR
Dwayne Bowehauled in a 63-yard reception from QB Alex Smith in the first quarter of Saturday's contest, tying the longest pass reception in postseason action in franchise history. His 63-yard catch tied Elmo Wright's reception against Miami on Dec. 25, 1971.
In the second quarter, WR
Donnie Averycaught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Smith, establishing a new franchise record for longest pass reception in postseason play.
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The Chiefs' Playoff Curse Is Real - Real, Spectacular, Cruel And Horrible from FS Kansas City
I don't believe in Santa Claus. I don't believe in the Easter Bunny. I don't believe in the Tooth Fairy.
I believe in the Kansas City Chiefs' Playoff Curse.
I believe in an invisible, intangible beast that comes alive every winter, right after the Christmas lights get put away and just before the drugstore pulls out the Valentine's Day cards.
I believe in a monster that feasts on your wishes and hopes, riding a chariot pulled by January's nightmares.
I believe in an apparition that turns good coaches into fools, good defenses into frauds, and kickers into mush.
It's the only way to rationalize the inexplicable, the only way to come to terms with the unfathomable.
Colts Stun Chiefs 45-44 from Chiefs Spin
The Chiefs were good for three quarters, but Colts quarterback Andrew Luck proved better when it mattered.
Facing a 38-10 deficit early in the third quarter, Luck engineered the second-largest comeback in postseason history.
He completed the 45-44 comeback win in the fourth quarter with a 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Recap: Chiefs' Can't Hold Off Colts' Late Game Rally, Lose 45-44 from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Starting running back Jamaal Charles left with a concussion on the opening possession. Knile Davis, Charles' backup, left in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a left knee injury. Receiver Donnie Avery and cornerback Brandon Flowers were knocked out with second-half concussions, and linebacker Justin Houston was out with a knee injury when Hilton caught the winning pass.
That put even more pressure on Smith, who was 30 of 46 for 378 yards with four TDs and no interceptions but lost a fumble that led to a touchdown for Indy. He had a chance to rally the Chiefs after Hilton's score and wound up throwing to Dwayne Bowe -- who caught the ball but was out of bounds -- on fourth-and-11 with 1:55 to play.
Reid's defense, a unit that once was on a record pace for sacks and didn't allow more than 17 points in the season's first nine games, now owns a dubious place in NFL playoff history.
Only the 1992 Houston Oilers wasted a bigger lead than the Chiefs' 28 points in a playoff game, squandering a 35-3 advantage to lose 41-38 in overtime to the Buffalo Bills in a wild-card game.
The injuries piled up. The bumps, bruises and concussions took their toll on the Kansas City Chiefs. But the biggest pain came from the gut-punch following a 28-point lead dissolving in 25 minutes.
Andy Reid's pain was palpable as he gave the media their allotted time following the 45-44 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
"I think the guys played well," Reid said. "We didn't do well enough though. We got to take care of the thing at the end there, you got to score points."
First Down/Fourth Down: Andrew Luck Orchestrates Colts' Massive Comeback from Sports Illustrated
I know, I know: he didn't get it done in the end. That means Smith's critics will be out in full volume, especially after watching Luck play the hero.
Smith's line, though: 30-for-46 for 378 yards and four touchdowns. The one play he would like to have back was his costly fumble - a miscue caused by Smith trying to do too much. Indianapolis closed a gap that once seemed insurmountable to 14 on the ensuing possession.
Still, if a quarterback puts up 44 points on the road in a playoff game, that ought to be a win. Smith was brilliant throughout the first two-plus quarters, spreading the ball around and firing several deep shots on a depleted Indianapolis secondary. Don't let the offense's late slump take away from what Smith did before that.
Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
What it means: The 2013 Chiefs are among history's most infamous playoff teams. The Chiefs led 38-10 early in Saturday's third quarter before an epic collapse. The blown lead of 28 points is the second-biggest in NFL playoff history, behind the 32-point margin coughed up by the Houston Oilers against the Buffalo Bills in 1993. The Chiefs lost their eighth consecutive playoff game in a streak dating back 20 years.
Though Andy Reid's late-game timeouts and conservative play calling will be a popular scapegoat for Kansas City's 28-point collapse in the AFC wild card game against the Indianapolis Colts, he's not to blame for the 45-44 loss. It's not his fault the Chiefs suffered injuries to six (!) starters, including All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles, his backup Knile Davis and Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston. It's not Reid's fault Andrew Luck looked like a combination between Peyton Manning, John Elway, Joe Montana and Franco Harris (with his lucky touchdown scoop). It's not his fault officials ruled the Colts had picked up a crucial second-half fumble near the sideline to shift the game's momentum even though replays suggested the ball was bobbled. (There wasn't enough evidence to overturn the on-field call.)
Incredibly, Sutton And Chiefs' Defense Blow 28-Point Lead from FS Kansas City
Hey, kids, pop quiz for you: Which defense was more pathetic -- the Greg Robinson crew from the 2003 season that didn't force a punt in the 38-31 playoff loss to the Colts (Robinson got fired after that unsightly effort), or Bob Sutton's defense on Saturday?
Believe it or not, the answer is: Sutton's sad sack of defenders. Robinson's defense gave up 434 yards to Peyton Manning. Sutton's crew gave up a whopping 536 yards to Andrew Luck and Co. That's not a typo -- 536.
That is historically bad. In fact, it is the fourth-worst performance in the entire history of the Chiefs.
Alex Smith Outstanding In Defeat For Chiefs from Newsday
Smith, who was traded to Kansas City from San Francisco after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick emerged as the starter in 2012, threw for 378 yards and four TDs, finishing with a quarterback rating of 119.7.
But one incompletion really hurt. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Smith's pass down the right sideline sailed just out of reach of wide-open running back Cyrus Gray, and the Chiefs, who would have gone ahead 48-31, instead had to punt. The Colts scored on their next possession to make it 41-38 with 10:38 left.
Despite Alex Smith's Heroics, Chiefs Can't Overcome Injuries from USA Today
Alex Smith kept carrying the Kansas City Chiefs despite losing one playmaker after another.
Smith fired four touchdown passes and led the Chiefs to scores on six of their first seven possessions.
Yet it wasn't enough to overcome an Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts comeback in Saturday's 45-44 wild-card elimination.
Going to end the post here. I have the major stories and really don't want to read through more. Blech.