Every Kansas City Chiefs fan could only sigh as their team blew a 28-point lead in Saturday’s Wild Card matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
The defense fell apart in the second half, injuries dominated Kansas City and when luck seemed to turn in Kansas City’s favor, Luck recovered a fumble at the goal line and dove in for a touchdown.
No wonder both the fans and players alike are speechless.
Playoff losses are nothing new to the Chiefs. This franchise has not won a playoff game since Joe Montana was the starting quarterback.
Eight times they have failed now, and where they used to share the record with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City now owns the record for most consecutive playoff losses without a win.
Only one team in NFL history has blown a bigger lead in the playoffs, and that was the Houston Oilers in 1992, who gave away a 32-point lead.
And to add insult to injury, three of those eight losses came at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts, from three different QBs.
Over time, each of these losses are now remembered by one single facet of the game, the most famous of which would be the Christmas Day Loss, the Lin Elliott game and the No-Punt Game.
This is far too many heartbreakers for one franchise.
Yet somehow, the seats of Arrowhead have been filled once again.
After the disastrous season the year before, the Chiefs cleaned house. This season deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest comebacks of all-time, but instead, it ended as history would have predicted.
What should have been the next step in a grand tale of redemption was cut short on Saturday, and now will be remembered as one of the defining moments in Andrew Luck’s career.
Hopefully, the Kansas City faithful will remember this as the year their team shocked everyone, as the year the only undefeated team in the league was also the underdog.
Hopefully, they remember beating the Eagles, an emotional win for their new coach. Or the day Jamaal Charles scored five touchdowns against the Raiders for a 56-31 win. Maybe they’ll remember a defense with two linebackers, Hali and Houston, that played some of the best football since the days of Derrick Thomas.
Finishing with an 11-6 record should be a source of pride, but there will also be those who laugh, knowing that Kansas City has fallen short so many times.
But for now, the Chiefs will have to figure out what went wrong while their fans cross their fingers and pray that their division rivals, the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers, fail to make the Super Bowl.
It seems that will depend on how good Indy’s Luck is.