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Patriots-Colts playoff capsule

INDIANAPOLIS (12-5) at NEW ENGLAND (12-4)

8:15 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 ½

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Indianapolis 9-6-2, New England 8-8

SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 47-29

LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Colts, 59-24, Nov. 18, 2012

LAST WEEK – Colts beat Chiefs, 45-44; Patriots had bye

COLTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (15), RUSH (20T), PASS (17)

COLTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (20), RUSH (26), PASS (13)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (7), RUSH (9), PASS (10)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (30), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Patriots 2-1 vs. Colts in postseason, last meeting won by Indianapolis, 38-34, in AFC championship game Jan. 21, 2007. ... Second-seeded Patriots, fourth-seeded Colts each beat AFC No. 1 seed Denver in regular season. ... Colts’ 11 postseason appearances since 2002 are most in NFL, Patriots have 10. ... Colts overcame 38-10, third-quarter deficit to beat Chiefs in wild-card game, second biggest comeback victory ever in NFL playoffs. ... WR T.Y. Hilton’s 13 receptions against Kansas City tied for second most in NFL postseason game. ... QB Andrew Luck’s 443 yards passing and four TD throws vs. Chiefs both second most in team playoff history, behind Peyton Manning. ... LB Robert Mathis led NFL with club record 19 ½ sacks, added sack of Alex Smith and forced fumble in playoff win over Chiefs, has 5 ½ postseason sacks. ... Colts’ 536 net yards against Kansas City were postseason franchise record. ... Indianapolis led NFL by committing fewest giveaways (14) and penalties (66). ... Former Patriots second-round draft pick Darius Butler led Colts with four interceptions. ... K Adam Vinatieri holds NFL postseason record with 49 field goals, 205 points in 10 seasons with Patriots, eight with Colts. ... Patriots trying to become first team since Eagles to reach at least three consecutive conference championship games. Philadelphia reached four straight in NFC from 2001-04. ... Tom Brady seeking to extend his NFL record to 18 postseason wins by a starting quarterback, has most completions (553), attempts (887), yards passing (5,949) in NFL playoff history. ... WR Julian Edelman’s 105 catches were fourth in NFL, totaled just 69 in other four NFL seasons. ... RB LeGarrette Blount set franchise record with 334 all-purpose yards (189 rushing, 145 on two kickoff returns) in regular-season finale vs. Bills. ... DT Chris Jones led NFL rookies with six sacks. DE Chandler Jones led Patriots with career-high 11 ½ sacks. ... Starting LB Brandon Spikes went on injured reserve Monday, joining three other key defenders on the list – Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly. ... Patriots 8-0 at home this season, have 14-4 postseason record at home, second best in NFL. ... CB Logan Ryan’s five interceptions tops among NFL rookies. ... Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski led NFL with 158 points.

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