Colts blow big lead to Chiefs, fall to 0-5

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Things never seemed so out of place for one player in one stadium.

Used to donning his trademark 18 blue jersey on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium, Peyton Manning instead took in Sunday's game in a white Colts polo with an NFL pink ribbon and a pair of brown khakis.

With a neck injury still forcing him out of the lineup, the quarterback hit the sidelines for the first time in 2011 as the Colts faced the Chiefs.

His inspiration lasted 30 minutes before the Colts of 2011 showed their true self.

After jumping out to a 24-7 first half lead, the Indianapolis defense allowed 21 unanswered points as Kansas City pulled out a 28-24 win Sunday afternoon.

The Colts have dropped to 0-5 on the season.

Curtis Painter wasted no time getting the team to a lead, overcoming two timeouts to drive the team 80 yards down the field. Painter completed the drive with a six-yard screen touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon for a 7-0 lead.

Adam Vinatieri helped to cap an average drive with points when he easily booted a 53-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.

In true Manning fashion, Painter went deep to start the next drive, hitting a wide open Garcon down the sidelines for a 67-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

Kansas City got on the board later in the quarter when Dewayne Bowe wrestled himself away from defenders after catching a Matt Cassel pass and went 41-yard for a score to cut the lead to ten.

Points were still a plenty in the final two minutes, starting when Delone Carter score a touchdown from two yards out to make it 24-7. But Cassel drove the Chiefs down the field and got them in the endzone  with 19 seconds left when Steve Breaston got the ball inside the pylon for a touchdown.

Bowe added another acrobatic touchdown catch in the third quarter to bring the Chiefs to within three at 24-21 as the Colts offense continued to struggle.

Cassel, meanwhile, continued to gain momentum, and in the fourth he gave Kansas City the lead with a touchdown pass on third down to Breaston. Painter, meanwhile, couldn't find the magic of the first half as the Colts never threatened to score in the final quarter.

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