INDIANAPOLIS – If you were preparing for a match-up against an old friend in the Colts’ next playoff game, change that thought process.
Instead the team will be facing and old nemesis.
Thanks to the sixth-seeded Chargers’ 27-10 upset of the third-seeded Bengals on Sunday afternoon in their AFC Wild Card game, the Colts will be headed to New England to face Tom Brady and the Patriots in their divisional playoff game at 8:15 P.M. on Saturday evening.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos will face the Chargers on Sunday at 4:40 P.M. in the other AFC Divisional Playoff game with the winners of each game facing each other for the AFC Championship the following Sunday.
It will be the first meeting of the season for the Colts against the Patriots and keep alive an 11-year streak of the teams facing each other at some point during the season. New England wasn’t on the Colts regular season schedule in 2013 but the teams will add to their solid rivalry along with colorful playoff history.
Saturday will be the fourth time the Colts will face the Patriots in the playoffs with New England holding a 2-1 advantage in the previous meetings. With Brady leading the way, the Patriots defeated the Colts in the AFC Championship in the 2003 season and then the Divisional Round in the 2004 season.
Manning helped the Colts to their first Super Bowl in January of 2007 when they beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship game at the RCA Dome as Indianapolis rallied from 18-points down to win.