The old rivalry of the Colts-Patriots is gone forever. The memory of Peyton Manning coming to town made it a week long event. 2003, 2004 and 2006 were playoff classics, and helped add to the storied past we now remember.
Tom Brady will face rookie Andrew Luck, who has led the Colts to a 6-3 record, and rides into Foxboro high on emotion, playing hard for their coach Chuck Pagano, who is on leave while in treatment for cancer. The Colt were not supposed to be good this year, however, they’re in the middle of the playoff hunt.
Our key pressure points:
Talib or not Talib, that is the question: New cornerback Aqib Talib makes his debut, and will get matched up with longtime Colt WR Reggie Wayne. Wayne has been resurgent in 2012, and Talib will get many chances to cover him. We'll get a good look at whether Talib is worth all the hype surrounding him.
Worst of Luck: The Patriots haven't had much success lately with rookie quarterbacks. However, they haven't lost to one at home ...