Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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• THE LAST TIME: Neither team is putting much stock in the Patriots’ 59-24 rout of the Colts last season when Luck threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Both teams have made numerous personnel changes since then, and Luck has progressed since his rookie season, lowering his interceptions from 18 to nine.
“He’s done such a great job this year from year one to year two in managing the offense and managing the game and taking care of the football,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We had the fewest amount of turnovers in the league this year at 14, and I know we had (four) last week, but he does a great job of putting that behind him.”
• KICKIN’ IT: Two of last weekend’s four playoff games were decided by field goals on the last play. And the Colts and Patriots have two of the NFL’s top kickers. New England’s Stephen Gostkowski led the NFL in scoring for the second straight season with 158 points. Adam Vinatieri, in his eighth season with Indianapolis after 10 with New England, holds the NFL postseason record with 49 field goals and 205 points.
Gostkowski said it doesn’t matter that he’s facing his predecessor with the Patriots.
“Unless he’s trying to come block the kick or he’s going to be back there returning it, it’s just another game,” he said.