Colts head to "warm" New England
The Indianapolis Colts are going to get something they rarely get when the travel to Foxboro: a warm welcome.
The Boston forecast calls for highs in the 40s when the Colts and Patriots kick off in their AFC Divisional Playoff game Saturday night.
The 40s will feel tropical given the sub-zero temperatures we've endured in Indianapolis this week.
Coach Chuck Pagano says the winter storm did not disrupt the team's preparations. "We had power. We had heat. We had food. We were up and running," he said.
The Colts enter the game at 11-5. The Patriots are 12-4.
The Colts expect the Patriots to give Colts WR T.Y. Hilton extra attention after his extraordinary performance Saturday against the Chiefs. Hilton caught the ball 13 times for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck says Hilton will be ready for the challenge, "His preparation is really impressive. He's not just an athlete, playground go make-a-play guy. He's a professional."
Luck met his newest target, veteran WR Deion Branch, Tuesday at practice. The Colts signed the former Super Bowl MVP and New England Patriot Monday.
Since last year against the Patriots, Luck said, "I'd like to think I've improved hopefully in all areas, but in situational awareness - when to throw it away; when to force something; avoid taking a hit. Understanding some of the tips and disguises of a defense; how to get those tells."
This will be the fourth time in 11 years the Colts and Patriots have squared off in the playoffs. The last time the two teams played, it was for the AFC Championship in 2006. The Colts won 38-34 and went on to win the Super Bowl.