Patriots vs. Colts: Pregame notes

Patriots vs. Colts: Pregame notes
January 11, 2014, 4:00 pm
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GAME TIME: 8:15 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf and Alice LaForce

NATIONAL RADIO NETWORK: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, Trent Green and Tony Boselli

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 47-29

LAST MEETING: Patriots 59, Colts 24 on Nov. 18, 2012 at Gillette Stadium

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-- This is the fourth postseason meeting between the Patriots and Colts, with New England holding a 2-1 edge. The Pats beat Indianapolis, 24-14, in the 2003 AFC Championship Game and 20-3 in the 2004 AFC Semifinals, both at Gillette Stadium, and lost to the Colts, 38-34, in the 2006 AFC Championship Game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

-- The Patriots are looking to become the first team since the Eagles(2001-04) to go to at least three straight conference championship games.

-- Bill Belichick is 11-6 against the Colts as the head coach of the Patriots and is 13-8 against Indianapolis as a head coach overall.

-- Despite not being in the same division, the Patriots and Colts are playing for the 11th straight season. In fact, since 1970 the only season in which the Pats haven’t played the Colts is 2002.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR
-- Bill Belichick (18) needs one more postseason victory to tie Don Shula (19) for second place in postseason wins. Tom Landry (20) is in first place.

-- Tom Brady (6) needs two more 300 yard games in the postseason to match the 8 by Peyton Manning for the all-time lead.

-- Brady (42) needs four more postseason touchdown passes to move past Joe Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44) for the all-time lead.

-- Stephen Gostkowski (18) needs two more postseason field goals to become just the 11th NFL player to reach 20 field goals in the postseason. He is currently tied for 11th in the NFL with his 18 postseason field goals.

-- Gostkowski is tied for 11th in NFL history with 90 postseason points and needs 10 points to become just the 7th NFL player with 100 postseason points.