After an historic comeback over the Chiefs in the Wild card round, the Colts try and conquer another Goliath in the Patriots. They would be seen as pretty heroic to Raiders fans if they could beat their division rival and their hated nemesis Patriots all in the same postseason. Here are the details you need to know:
Who: (4) Indianapolis Colts (11-5) vs. (2) New England Patriots (12-4)
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA
When: Saturday, January 11, 5:15pm Pacific Time (8:15 ET)
These two former division rivals go head to head once again. The last time they were division rivals, it was all about Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. Now Manning is replaced in Indy by Andrew Luck who is no slouch in his own rite.
Luck beat Manning in their head-to-head match-up this season. In fact, the Colts beat the 49ers, Seahawks, Chiefs, and Broncos this season. Then they beat the Chiefs again last week in the Wild Card round.
The Patriots are not all that imposing these days. They won their division easily, with weak teams like the Jets and Bills and the disappointing Dolphins. And, oh yeah, two of their losses were to the Jets and Dolphins.
What the Pats have in their favor is their home field dominance. They didn't lose at Foxboro this season. And, of course, as long as Tom Brady is behind center, you can never count them out.