Indianapolis Colts (13-5) AT New England Patriots (13-4)LEADER (REG. SEASON): Patriots lead 46-28.
STREAKS (REG. SEASON): Patriots won past 4.
COACHES VS. OPP. (REG. & POSTSEASON): Pagano: 0-3; Belichick: 15-8.
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD: Pagano: 3-2; Belichick: 20-9.
VS. COMMON OPP. (REG. SEASON): Ind.: 1-1 (Cin. 1-0, Den. 0-1); NE: 2-0 (Cin. 1-0, Den. 1-0).
PLAYOFF RECORD: Colts 22-22; Patriots 26-18.
LAST WEEK: Colts W 24-13 at Broncos; Patriots W 35-31 vs. Ravens.
LAST GAME(REG. SEASON): 11/16/14: Patriots 42 at Colts 20. New England RB Jonas Gray rushes 37 times for 201 yards (5.4 avg) & 4 TDs. Patriots QB Tom Brady passes for 257 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE (REG. SEASON): 11/18/12: Patriots 59, Colts 24. New England TE Rob Gronkowski has 7 catches for 137 yards & 2 TDs. QB Brady throws for 331 yards & 3 TDs. Defense has 3 INTs.
LAST PLAYOFF: 1/11/14: Colts 22 at Patriots 43. New England RB LeGarrette Blount rushes for 166 yards & 4 TDs. Defense had 3 sacks & 4 INTs.
BROADCAST: CBS (6:40 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Ind.), 85 (NE). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ind.), 85 (NE).
|PASSING||Luck: 380-616-4761 (3L)-40 (1L)-16-96.5||Brady: 373-582-4109-33 (3C)-9-97.4 (3C)|
|RUSHING||Herron: 78-351-4.5-1||Gray: 89-412-4.6-5|
|RECEIVING||Hilton: 82-1345-16.4-7||Edelman: 92-972-10.6-4|
|SACKS||Newsome (R): 6.5||Ninkovich: 8|
|INTs||Adams: 5 (T3L)||4 tied: 2|
|PR||Cribbs: 6.6||Edelman: 12.0 (1C)|
|KR||Cribbs: 32.0||Amendola: 24.1|
|PUNTING||McAfee: 46.7||Allen: 46.4|
|KICKING||Vinatieri: 140 (3L) (50/50 PAT; 30/31 FG)||Gostkowski: 156 (1L) (51/51 PAT; 35/37 FG)|
PATRIOTS: With win, Pats will advance to 8th Super Bowl in club history (3-4). NE has 7-4 record in AFC Championship Games (4th consecutive Championship Game appearance). 1st team in NFL history to win 11 division titles in 12 seasons. Club is 16-4 (.800) at home in postseason, trailing only Seahawks (10-2, .833) for 2nd-best all-time (min. 10 games). Have won 17 of past 18 at home (incl. playoffs)…Head coach BILL BELICHICK and QB Tom Brady (19) have most postseason wins by head coach-QB duo…Belichick (20) is tied with HOFer Tom Landry for most playoff wins all-time…Brady’s 19 postseason wins are most by QB in NFL history. Last week, Brady (46) surpassed Brett Favre (44) and HOFer Joe Montana (45) for most career TDs in NFL playoff history. Brady has most completions (623), attempts (1,000) in NFL playoff history. Brady (6,791) needs 10 passing yards to eclipse Peyton Manning (6,800) for most career passing yards in postseason history. Has 19-8 (.704) playoff record, 3rd-best postseason record as starting QB in NFL history (min. 15 starts). Brady is 13-3 (.813) as starter at home in postseason. Has 12 division titles, most by starting QB in NFL history. Posted 4 total TDs last week (3 pass, 1 rush), incl. 5th career playoff rush TD…In 5 career playoff games, RB Shane Vereen has 333 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 219) with 3 total TDs (1 rush, 2 rec.). Averages 8.6 scrimmage yards per att./rec. in postseason. In only career start vs. Ind. (10/3/11 with TB), RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for 127 yards and TD…TE Rob Gronkowski led team with 12 TD catches in 2014, tied for most among NFL TEs. 1 of 2 TEs in NFL history with 4 career 10-TD seasons (Antonio Gates). In 5 career home playoff games, has 26 catches for 405 yards and 4 TDs, incl. 7 catches for 108 yards and TD last week. Aims for 5th in row overall (incl. playoffs) with TD catch. WR Julian Edelman led team with 92 catches in 2014 and joined Troy Brown and WES WELKER as only Patriots with consecutive 90-catch seasons. Last week, became 1st player in NFL playoff history with 4+ catches (8) and TD pass in same game, incl. 1st career NFL TD pass (51-yarder to Danny Amendola)…LB Jamie Collins led team with career-high 115 tackles. 1 of 3 NFL players with 4+ sacks (4) and 2+ INTs (2) in 2014. LB Rob Ninkovich led team with 8 sacks in 2014, 3rd consecutive season with 8 sacks…Club had 5 players selected to 2015 Pro Bowl (QB Brady, TE Gronkowski, CB Darrelle Revis, K Stephen Gostkowski, ST Matthew Slater).