The Colts squaring off against the Patriots in the postseason is a familiar sight, but it's the first time that we'll see Andrew Luck steering the ship against Tom Brady. These two teams met during the regular season in 2012, and the Patriots crushed the Colts by a score of 59-24. Things are much different since that game -- the Patriots have a whole different group of receivers they are trying to manage things with, and Luck had perhaps the defining moment of his young career when he led a stunning comeback win over the Chiefs.
The Patriots are another team that has a true home-field advantage -- they were 8-0 at Gillette Stadium in 2013. If the Colts are going to have any chance, they'll need to get their defense fixed. The Colts have had so many three-touchdown+ comebacks this year, but they can't keep doing that. I think the Colts would be wise to go with their up-tempo approach on offense all game long, but I just can't trust this team enough with how often they fall behind by such large deficits. Patriots 38, Colts 24
Game: Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots
Date/Time: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. EST
Location: Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA
Television: CBS - Greg Gumbel & (final game)
NFL Odds: Patriots by 7½