Colts may need more than Luck to beat Patriots

Thu Jan 9, 2014 5:56pm EST
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(Reuters) - The NFL's comeback kid takes on the king of the post-season when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts clash with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Saturday for a place in the AFC championship game.

Four times this season, Luck and the Colts have erased double-digit deficits and rallied for wins.

Their never-say-die belief was on full display last weekend when the Colts staged one of the greatest comebacks in NFL playoff history, recovering from 28 points down in the third quarter to edge the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44.

The Colts will not want to spot Brady a four touchdown advantage like they did against the Chiefs, especially at Gillette Stadium where the Patriots went an unbeaten 8-0 during the regular season.

Brady was not always at his absolute best but the future Hall of Famer has always saved that for the post-season, recording more playoff games (17) than any other NFL quarterback.

With four touchdown passes against Indianapolis on Saturday, Brady would claim another line in the record books, surpassing Brett Favre and Joe Montana for the most post-season strikes.

"It's incredible to play in this," said Brady, who will try to send the Patriots through to their third straight AFC championship game. "These are the moments you dream about and you have a chance with eight other teams to be the last team standing.

"It's why we work hard. It's why every guy puts a lot out there. You sacrifice a lot of things. A lot of people would die to be in our positions."

Indianapolis and New England are no strangers to the playoff crucible.   Continued...

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) is congratulated by wide receiver Griff Whalen (17) after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports