FOXBORO -- Foxboro neither looks nor feels ready for playoff football.
A steady rain accompanies temperatures in the mid-50s and a black tarp blanketed Gillette Stadium's field until just a few moments ago. The stadium lights glimmered on the puddles that collected on the plastic surface.
Three hours before the game, New England's grounds crew emerged to dump the water behind the end zones and roll the tarp back, But not because the rain stopped.
According to Weather.com, thunderstorms will persist throughout the night, intensifying right around kickoff. There's also a wind advisory in effect until 11 p.m. as gusts up to 50 miles per hour are expected. Conditions should improve for the second half.
Several Colts took the field after it was cleared. Most were comfortable enough in the unseasonable warmth to wear shorts or t-shirts.
Per usual, the home team stayed in the locker room a little longer; just one Patriot, former Indianapolis receiver Austin Collie, came out especially early to catch up with his old teammates.
Saturday night's winner will play either Denver or San Diego in next weekend's AFC Championship.