With their huge 24-13 upset of the Broncos in Denver on Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts advanced to the AFC Championship game, where they'll face the Patriots in New England. The game will be next Sunday evening, January 18, at 6:40 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on CBS. For the Colts, it will be their third straight game with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms announcing.
Of course, it's hard not to look back right now at yesterday's Patriots game and think about how, if the Ravens had pulled it out in a game that they had many chances to win, this game would have been in Indianapolis against the Ravens instead of in New England against the Patriots. Obviously, it was huge for the Patriots to win that game and it will make it tougher for the Colts to win it.
The Colts have played the Patriots three times so far in the Andrew Luck Era, and the Patriots have won all three by scores of 59-24, 43-22, and 42-24. But, on the flip side, the Luck-led Colts have yet to lose when playing a team for the second time that season, earning their twelfth victory today with zero losses. The Colts played the Patriots earlier this season, so that streak will be tested again next week.
They won't be favored, but the Colts weren't favored to win against the Broncos either. Can the Colts pull it off? Sure - that's why they play the game. And on Sunday, they'll be playing the Patriots for the right to go to the Super Bowl.