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.
"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."
Sometimes silence says it all.
"Sometimes the game speaks for itself, so you don't have to say a whole lot," Reid said.
Since that time, pain has trumped pleasure in Kansas City. Yearly expectations did nothing but raise the guillotine, allowing the blade to fall further.
It seemed like losing Charles might not matter -- nor a plethora of other injuries that piled up -- as the Chiefs whipped the Colts thoroughly in the first half, building a 31-10 lead at intermission.
Alex Smith played his best game of the season. He killed the Colts with his feet and with his arm. Smith completed 30 of 46 passes for 378 yards and four touchdown tosses. There was no checkdown in his game today.
Those inches caused another year of pain in K.C.