Patriots-Colts: AFC Championship capsule

The Patriots have won the last four meetings against the Colts, but both coaches have winning postseason records.

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).

STAT LEADERS
PASSING Luck: 380-616-4761 (3L)-40 (1L)-16-96.5 Brady: 373-582-4109-33 (3C)-9-97.4 (3C)
RUSHINGHerron: 78-351-4.5-1 Gray: 89-412-4.6-5
RECEIVING Hilton: 82-1345-16.4-7 Edelman: 92-972-10.6-4
OFFENSE406.6 (3L) 365.5
TAKE/GIVE -5+12 (T1C)
DEFENSE342.7 344.1
SACKSNewsome (R): 6.5 Ninkovich: 8
INTsAdams: 5 (T3L) 4 tied: 2
PRCribbs: 6.6 Edelman: 12.0 (1C)
KRCribbs: 32.0 Amendola: 24.1
PUNTINGMcAfee: 46.7 Allen: 46.4
KICKINGVinatieri: 140 (3L) (50/50 PAT; 30/31 FG) Gostkowski: 156 (1L) (51/51 PAT; 35/37 FG)
COLTS: Club has reached postseason for 3rd straight season under head coach Chuck Pagano and 12 of past 13 seasons overall. Clinched AFC South title for 9th time since 2003…QB Andrew Luck is 1st player in NFL history to pass for 250+ yards in each of 1st 5 career playoff games. Passed for 331 yards and 2 TDs in only playoff meeting vs. NE. Led NFL with 40 TDs and became 8th player with 40+ TDs in season. Since entering NFL in 2012, has 12,957 yards, most of any NFL player in 1st 3 seasons, and 86 TD passes, 2nd-most in player’s 1st 3 years (HOFer Dan Marino, 98). 1 of 2 Super Bowl era starting QBs to win at least 10 games in each of 1st 3 NFL seasons (Russell Wilson)…In 2 career playoff games, RB Daniel Herron has 236 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 117 rec.) and 2 rush TDs. Aims for 3rd playoff in row with rush TD. Led team with 95 scrimmage yards last week vs. Broncos…WR T.Y. Hilton averages 113.6 receiving yards per game in playoffs (568 in 5 games) with 2 TDs. In past 14 (incl. playoffs), has 76 rec. for 1,334 yards with 7 TDs, incl. 7 100-yard games. Led team with career-high 1,345 receiving yards, joining MARVIN HARRISON and Reggie Wayne as only players in club history with 1,300+ yard receiving season. WR Reggie Wayne ranks 2nd all-time with 93 career postseason catches (HOFer Jerry Rice, 151). Has 1,254 career receiving yards in playoffs and needs 62 yards to surpass CLIFF BRANCH (1,289) and HOFer Michael Irvin (1,315) for 2nd all-time. In 6 career playoff games, WR HAKEEM NICKS has 33 catches for 527 yards and 5 TDs, incl. 15-yard TD last week vs. Den. TEs Dwayne Allen (8) and Coby Fleener (8) are 1st TEs in club history with 8+ TD catches each in same season. In last reg.-sea. meeting, Fleener had 7 catches for 144 yards (20.6 avg.)…LB D’Qwell Jackson led AFC with 140 tackles. Rookie LB Jonathan Newsome led AFC rookies with 6.5 sacks in 2014. S Mike Adams led team with career-high 5 INTs this season. CB Vontae Davis tied career-high with 4 INTs (2009, 2011)…K Adam Vinatieri is NFL’s all-time playoff leader in career points (233) and made FGs (56), incl. 20 points and 5 FGs in 2014 postseason…Club had 5 players selected to 2015 Pro Bowl (QB Luck, WR Hilton, CB Davis, K Vinatieri, P Pat McAfee).

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).


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