In 2007 the Colts clinched a first-round bye and hosted San Diego in a divisional round playoff, where backup quarterback Billy Volek (not Phillip Rivers) led San Diego to a close win. (Had the Colts won this game, I feel they would’ve had a better chance at upsetting New England one game earlier than they eventually were, as San Diego went down to the Patriots with an injured quarterback in Phillip Rivers and no Ladainian Tomlinson. However its all academic now…)
In 2008 after posting a 12-4 record Indy had to travel to San Diego to play the 8-8 Chargers in a Wild-Card round playoff, (which is ridiculous because the Chargers shouldn’t even be in the playoffs with an 8-8 record) and came up short losing in OT as Sproles scored for San Deigo.
So here in 2009, The Colts have just beaten Baltimore in the divisional playoffs to reach the AFC Championship Game which will be played at Indianapolis. Most people and “experts” have predicted a matchup with San Diego for a shot at the Super Bowl, with many experts talking up San Diego as their year to win it all. Well, the N.Y Jets have just knocked out the San Diego Chargers and will take their place in the AFC Championship Game, which in a twisted way; Bill Polian can take credit for.
If Bill Polian and Jim Cauldwell had not rested starters, the Jets most likely would not be in the playoffs, and here they are doing the dirty work for Indy and setting up a rematch at Lucas Oil. So well done Bill Polian for this stroke of genius. So for everyone that wanted to beat San Diego in the playoffs for revenge, in a twisted way, Indianapolis is responsible for the Chargers exit. As the Colts are on the verge on reaching another Super Bowl now, take a look at some signs that say history is repeating…
Although this season is a lot different from 2006 there are some post-season similarities here…
1) In 2006, Indianapolis beat Baltimore in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to reach the AFC title game. In 2009 Indianapolis beat Baltimore in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to reach the AFC title game.
2) In 2006, the AFC Championship was played at home for the Colts. In 2009, The AFC championship will be played at home for the Colts.
3) In 2006, the hot San Diego team who went 14-2 were beaten in the divisional round after a bye-week for a 1-and-done exit. In 2009, the “hot” San Diego has just exited in the divisional round for another 1-and-done exit.
4) In 2006, they said the colts run defence would be the reason they would go home early (couldn’t stop Larry Johnson?), in 2009 the experts said they couldn’t stop the run again and couldn’t stop Ray Rice.
5) In 2006, Super Bowl XLI was played in Miami. In 2009, the Super Bowl will be played in Miami.
A few signs point to history repeating itself, and the Colts winning their 2nd title in 4 years….here’s hoping that the Colts will lift that trophy in Miami just like ’06.