Colts QB Luck prepares for first home playoff game - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Colts QB Luck prepares for first home playoff game


Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano and Quarterback Andrew Luck lead the Colts into the playoffs for the second straight year. The difference this year is that the Colts are AFC South division champions, which brings a wildcard playoff game against the Chiefs to Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday at 4:35 p.m. on WTHR, Channel 13. 

The Colts practiced Tuesday in their indoor practice facility, where a huge banner of the Lombardi Trophy hangs on one end zone wall. Luck lost his playoff debut a year ago in Baltimore, 24-9, in a game where the Colts did not reach the end zone. Now he plays his first home playoff game.

"The chance to win the big one," said Luck. "That's exciting. It's fun to be in the playoffs. I feel fortunate to be a part of a team that's done it these past two years. I'm excited to play a darn good football team in the Chiefs."

The Colts just won in Kansas City two weeks ago, 23-7. The Colts are 3-0 all-time vs. the Chiefs in the playoffs. The Colts also won their final three games of the regular season, with a defense that allowed less than 7 points a game during the winning streak.

"From a confidence-standpoint alone our guys feel good right now," said Pagano. "They feel good about where we're at and where we've come. Offensively and defensively we're playing as good as we've played since we've been here. We got hot, so to speak. Special teams, we've had a moment here or there, but I feel great and our guys feel great about where we're at in all three phases."

The Colts are favored by 2.5 points, which means Las Vegas odds makers believe the game could be decided by a field goal. That gives the Colts confidence knowing they have Adam Vinatieri on their sideline. The 41-year-old kicker, oldest player in the NFL, has scored the most points (196) and kicked the most field goals (48) in NFL history. He was just named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 3-for-3 field goal performance in the Colts win over Jacksonville Sunday. The award is the 15th of Vinatieri's career and his second this season.

"Obviously it's single elimination at this point so there's a lot more on the line," said Vinatieri, who won two Super Bowls for the Patriots with late field goals. "Not to say that regular season games aren't important, every one of those is important as well, but it just has a different feel and a different meaning. The intensity level is a whole lot more. I honestly think a lot of times playoff games are lost even more often than they're won. The pressure mounts and at the end of the game, the team that can handle that and just execute when the game is on the line is the one that usually wins the game."

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