A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent.
But the New England Patriots aren't counting on the Indianapolis Colts being that vulnerable again.
The Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44 on Saturday in an AFC wild-card playoff game. On Saturday night, they'll visit the Patriots in a divisional round game.
Much of the focus in the Colts' win over the Chiefs went to quarterback Andrew Luck's comeback from a 38-10 third-quarter deficit. The defense that put Indianapolis in that hole got far less attention.
In the first half, the Chiefs marched 82, 79 and 77 yards to touchdowns and 68 yards to a field goal after kickoffs or punts.
Linebacker Spikes to injured reserve
The Patriots have placed linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve because of a knee injury.
The move Friday that ends the season of the team's second-leading tackler comes five days before the Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional-round playoff game.
Spikes is New England's fourth key defensive player to be lost for the season. The other three - tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and linebacker Jerod Mayo - went on injured reserve in the first half of the season.
Spikes is a strong run defender and is second on the team this season with 134 tackles, three behind linebacker Dont'a Hightower. The Patriots drafted Spikes in the second round in 2010 out of Florida.
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