After a long wait (at least it seemed like it), game day is finally here once again for the Indianapolis Colts. They defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10 in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs, and in doing so they advanced to the Divisional Round to play the Denver Broncos. The game will kick off at 4:40 p.m. ET on CBS from Mile High Stadium in Denver.
The winner of this afternoon's game will then travel to New England to play the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, as the Patriots defeated the Ravens in a thrilling game Saturday afternoon. Both teams know that they're fighting for a spot in the NFL's final four, but before they reach that they'll have to play a tough game this afternoon. As for the weather? It's warmer in Denver right now than in Indianapolis, and the game time temperature is projected to be around 40 degrees. The weather shouldn't be too much of a problem, as the precipitation is likely to hold off until after the game.
We'll have an open thread during the early game (though you can also use it as a pre game thread for the Colts vs. Broncos game), but here's a discussion to have this morning: is this the biggest game of the Andrew Luck Era so far for the Colts? Really, there are only a few other options, with the Divisional Round game being likely the only real competition. I think everyone would agree that, if the Colts won, it'd be their biggest win of the Luck Era, so I think it's then safe to say that this is the biggest game of the Luck Era. The Divisional Round of the playoffs, on the road, for the right to go to the AFC Championship game, against Peyton Manning and the Broncos - I think it's pretty clear. They'll have bigger games in the future (perhaps even next week, depending on how today's game goes), but, for the sake of discussion, you can talk about that and a whole lot of other stuff as we continue to countdown the hours until kickoff.