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Chiefs’ loss to Colts is second-worst collapse in NFL playoff history

Updated: 2014-01-05T01:18:32Z

The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs’ 45-44 loss to the Colts on Saturday in the opening round of the AFC playoffs was the second-worst playoff collapse in NFL history and the worst in 21 years — since the Houston Oilers blew a 32-point lead in a loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The Colts trailed by 28 points with 13 minutes, 44 seconds left in the third quarter and took the lead with 4:29 left in the fourth — a span of 24 minutes, 15 seconds.

Most points overcome to win a NFL playoff game

PointsTeamsSeason, roundBiggest leadFinal score
32Houston at Buffalo 1992 AFC first roundOilers 35-3Bills 41-38, OT
28Chiefs at Indianapolis2013 AFC first roundChiefs 38-10Colts 45-44
24N.Y. Giants at San Francisco 2002 NFC first roundGiants 38-1449ers 39-38
20Detroit at San Francisco1957 NFL semifinal49ers 27-7Lions 31-27

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