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The Indianapolis Colts will play the New England Patriots on Saturday night in their NFL 2104 Divisional Playoffs game. The prize for the winners of today's match up will be a spot in the AFC Conference Championship Game next weekend.
The game will start at 8.15 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
This match up is more of an unknown than the other NFL games this weekend; of the four divisional games this is the only one that is not a rematch from the regular season, and it could go either way.
The Colts will be full of confidence coming into this game, having performed an extraordinary comeback last weekend to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card game.
That 45-44 win will have really given the Colts hope that this could be their season, however, as exhilarating the result and the manner of the win must have been, it will have also been very draining. Following a long regular season they had to put everything out last week, and while they pushed themselves to the max to get through the Wild Card game, the New England Patriots were at home resting, having won a first round bye in the Playoffs.
That means the Patriots will be fully rested and have had 2 weeks to prepare for this big game, where as the Colts – if things get tough at the start – could easily start to feel the energy levels drop as the game wears on. Make no mistake about it, the Colts will no doubt be willing to give their all today, but if things are tight and come down to fitness levels, then the Patriots have a distinct advantage today.
One thing the Colts must not do, is allow themselves to have such a bad start as last week. Through the regular season they often started games slowly, however, if they do so today against Tom Brady and his men, then there may be no way back for them against a very strong and efficient Patriots team.
At quarterback, Brady is by far the more experienced player, and he has played no fewer than 24 postseason games, from which he holds a 17-7 record. Andrew Luck has just two postseason games to his name, and he has gone 1-1 in Playoff match ups. Luck managed to put one over his predecessor, Peyton Manning, when the Colts defeated the Denver Broncos earlier in the season, and they must put on a similarly stunning performance today if they are to defeat the Patriots.
The Indianapolis Colts against the New England Patriots will start at 8.15 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network, or online through free live stream by clicking here.