NFL Divisional Snapshots: The Field Narrows

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 06, 2014

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-Counting the incredible comeback win Saturday over the Chiefs, Andrew Luck is 2-3 when he throws three interceptions. In both wins, he had to throw four touchdowns to compensate.

-With the comeback win, Andrew Luck now has four fourth-quarter comeback victories on the season, bringing his career total to 11.

-The Colts are 5-3 on the road this season, notably crushing playoff teams like San Francisco (27-7) and Kansas City (23-7).

-Throwing in the win over the Chiefs from Saturday, the Colts are 5-2 against 2013 Playoff teams this season. Their wins came over the Chiefs twice, as well as the 49ers, Broncos, and Seahawks. The losses came to San Diego and Cincinnati.

KEY MATCHUP: The Colts are about as predictable as an anuerysm, and for select opponents, just as debilitating. Finishing third for the season in avoiding Negative Pass Plays (6.84% fail rate) has been key in part due to Luck being sacked just 32 times. Luck was only picked nine times in the regular season, so smooth sailing has enabled wins over the best teams in the league.

The Patriots get their share of turnovers and sacks, but are weak against the run (4.46 YPA) and give up the seventh worst percentage of third downs (42.24%). Luck will need to be more than just a simple game manager, but as long as the line holds, he won't need to rock the boat in this game.

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