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Sunday Morning Takeaways: Chiefs vs Colts

Posted Jan 5, 2014

A statistical look back at Saturday's AFC Wild Card matchup

POSTSEASON SCORING: Kansas City’s 31 first-half points on Saturday are the most points ever scored by an away team in the first-half of any NFL postseason game. The Chiefs set a new franchise record for most points scored in a postseason game with 44, passing the old mark of 31 points, which was set twice.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST POINTS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     44             at Indianapolis           Jan. 4, 2014
2.     31             at Buffalo                    Jan. 11, 1967
                        vs. Indianapolis           Jan. 11, 2004
4.     28             at Houston                   Jan. 16, 1994
5.     27             vs. Pittsburgh              Jan. 8, 1994

The team also set a new franchise record for most touchdowns in a postseason game, finding the end zone five times, breaking the old club mark of four touchdowns, set on three occasions.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST TOUCHDOWNS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     5               at Indianapolis                       Jan. 4, 2014
2.     4               at Buffalo                                Jan. 1, 1967
                        at Houston                               Jan. 16, 1994
                        vs. Indianapolis                       Jan. 11, 2004
3.     3               Twice; Last vs. Pittsburgh       Jan. 8, 1994

Kansas City scored on the club’s first six offensive drives of the game, marking the first time that a team has done so in the postseason since Indianapolis scored on its first seven possessions in an AFC Wild Card Game vs. Denver on Jan. 4, 2004.

OFFENSE PUTS UP RECORD YARDAGE: The Chiefs set a new franchise record for most net yards, gaining 513 yards in the contest, passing the old club mark of 451, set on Dec. 25, 1971. It marks the first time in franchise history that the club has registered 500 or more yards of total offense in a postseason game.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST NET YARDS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     513           at Indianapolis           Jan. 4, 2014
2.     451           vs. Miami                    Dec. 25, 1971
3.     414           at Miami                      Dec. 31, 1994
4.     408           vs. Indianapolis           Jan. 11, 2004
5.     401           vs. Pittsburgh              Jan. 8, 1994

SMITH PASSING: Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed 30 of 46 passes for 378 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 119.7 passer rating. His four touchdown passes sets a new franchise record for most passing touchdowns in a postseason game, passing the old mark of three set by QB Joe Montana at Houston on Jan. 16, 1994.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     4               Alex Smith at Indianapolis   Jan. 4, 2014
2.     3               Joe Montana at Houston        Jan. 16, 1994
3.     2               Len Dawson at Buffalo           Jan. 1, 1967
                        Joe Montana at Miami            Dec. 31, 1994

Smith’s 378 passing yards in Saturday’s game mark the highest total in a postseason game in franchise history. He is only the second Chiefs quarterback to ever throw for more than 300 yards in a playoff contest in club history, passing QB Joe Montana’s mark of 314 passing yards at Miami on Dec. 31, 1994.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST PASSING YARDS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     378           Alex Smith at Indianapolis   Jan. 4, 2014
2.     314           Joe Montana at Miami            Dec. 31, 1994
3.     299           Joe Montana at Houston        Jan. 16, 1994
4.     276           Joe Montana vs. Pittsburgh    Jan. 4, 1994

His 30 completions rank as the most completions in a postseason game in franchise history, while his 46 pass attempts rank first in club annals.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST PASS COMPLETIONS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     30             Alex Smith at Indianapolis   Jan. 4, 2014
2.     28             Joe Montana vs. Pittsburgh    Jan. 8, 1994
3.     26             Joe Montana at Miami            Dec. 31, 1994
4.     24             Elvis Grbac vs. Denver          Jan. 4, 1998
5.     22             Joe Montana at Houston        Jan. 16, 1994

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST PASS ATTEMPTS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     46             Alex Smith at Indianapolis   Jan. 4, 2014
2.     43             Joe Montana vs. Pittsburgh    Jan. 8, 1994
3.     38             Joe Montana at Houston        Jan. 16, 1994
4.     37             Joe Montana at Miami            Dec. 31, 1994
                        Elvis Grbac vs. Denver          Jan. 4, 1998

SMITH RUSHING: After setting the franchise single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback this season, QB Alex Smith picked up 57 yards on eight carries (7.1 avg.) in yesterday’s game to finish as the club’s second-leading rusher. His 57 rushing yards are a career-high mark for a postseason game.

ALEX SMITH IN THE POSTSEASON: Including Saturday’s game, QB Alex Smith has completed 66 of 114 passes for 873 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions in three-career postseason starts, good for a 108.6 passer rating. He also has 15 carries for 127 yards (8.5 avg.) with a rushing touchdown in those three games.

BOWE TIES MARK FOR LONG RECEPTION, AVERY PASSES IT: WR Dwayne Bowe hauled 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 Avery caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Smith, establishing a new franchise record for longest pass reception in postseason play.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - LONGEST PASS RECEPTION, POSTSEASON
1.     79             Donnie Avery at Indianapolis (from Alex Smith)  Jan. 4, 2014
2.     63             Dwayne Bowe at Indianapolis (from Alex Smith) Jan. 4, 2014
                        Elmo Wright vs. Miami (from Len Dawson)               Dec. 25, 1971
4.     61             Otis Taylor at N.Y. Jets (from Len Dawson)              Dec. 20, 1969
5.     57             Kimble Anders at Miami (from Joe Montana)            Dec. 31, 1994

BOWE GOES OVER 100 FOR THE DAY: WR Dwayne Bowe caught eight passes for 150 yards (18.8 avg.) in yesterday’s game, setting a new franchise record for receiving yards in a postseason contest. It is the first time a Chiefs player had a 100-yard receiving day since Andre Rison had eight catches for 110 yards vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 4, 1998. It is the seventh time a Chiefs player recorded 100 or more receiving yards in a postseason game.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST RECEIVING YARDS, GAME, POSTSESAON
1.     150           Dwayne Bowe at Indianapolis         Jan. 4, 2014
2.     142           Stephone Paige at Miami                   Jan. 5, 1991
3.     117           Otis Taylor at Oakland                        Dec. 22, 1968
4.     110           Ed Podolak vs. Miami                         Dec. 25, 1971
                        Andre Rison vs. Denver                     Jan. 4, 1998

Bowe’s eight receptions tie the franchise record for most receptions in a playoff game in team history, becoming the fourth player to record eight receptions in a postseason game.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST RECEPTIONS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     8               Ed Podolak vs. Miami                         Dec. 25, 1971
                        Stephone Paige at Miami                   Jan. 5, 1991
                        Andre Rison vs. Denver                     Jan. 4, 1998
                        Dwayne Bowe at Indianapolis         Jan. 4, 2014    
5.     7               Keith Cash vs. Pittsburgh                   Jan. 8, 1994
                        Kimble Anders vs. Indianapolis           Jan. 7, 1996

HOUSTON FUMBLE RECOVERY: LB Justin Houston recovered a RB Trent Richardson fumble in Saturday’s game. It marks his first-career postseason fumble recovery. Houston finished the day with four tackles (three solo), including one for loss, a sack (-7.0 yards), three QB pressures and one pass defensed.

DAVIS HAS BIG DAY IN BACKFIELD: In the place of an injured RB Jamaal Charles, rookie RB Knile Davis finished as the team’s leading rusher, racking up 67 yards on 18 carries (3.7 avg.) with one rushing touchdown. He added seven receptions for 33 yards with a receiving touchdown. He ties the franchise record for most touchdowns scored in a postseason game.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST TOUCHDOWNS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     2               Abner Haynes vs. Houston                 Dec. 23, 1962
                        Mike Garrett at Buffalo                       Jan. 1, 1967
                        Ed Podolak vs. Miami                         Dec. 25, 1971
                        Dante Hall vs. Indianapolis                 Jan. 11, 2004
                        Priest Holmes vs. Indianapolis            Jan. 11, 2004
                        Knile Davis at Indianapolis              Jan. 4, 2014

SHERMAN GRABS TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION: Playing in his first-career postseason game, FB Anthony Sherman hauled in a five-yard touchdown reception from QB Alex Smith.

ABDULLAH GRABS TWO INTERCEPTIONS: S Husain Abdullah recorded two interceptions of QB Andrew Luck in Saturday’s contest. The interceptions are his first two postseason interceptions and tie the club record for most interceptions in a single postseason game. He becomes the sixth player in Chiefs history to record two interceptions in a playoff game. He added six solo tackles and two passes defensed.

CHIEFS RECORD BOOK - MOST INTERCEPTIONS, GAME, POSTSEASON
1.     2               Johnny Robinson vs. Houston            Dec. 23, 1962
                        Jim Marsalis at N.Y. Jets                    Dec. 20, 1969
                        Emmitt Thomas at Oakland               Jan. 4, 1970
                        Deron Cherry vs. L.A. Raiders           Dec. 28, 1991
                        Ty Law at Indianapolis                        Jan. 6, 2007
                        Husain Abdullah                               Jan. 4, 2014
FLOWERS GRABS PICK: CB Brandon Flowers grabbed an interception off QB Andrew Luck in the game and returned it 17 yards. It is his first playoff interception. He added three tackles (two solo) and two passes defensed in the game.

The Wild Card matchup didn't end like Kansas City planned, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid fittingly summarized how he and the team will handle the disappointing loss.

"You go through it and you evaluate it, you learn from it," coach Reid said. "It’s final, because it’s the end of the year. Then, you go back to the drawing board and fix it; that’s what you do. You don’t hang your head on it, you try to become a better football team and we’re just going to have to wait until next year to do that.”

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