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On Deck: AFC Championship



    On Deck: AFC Championship
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    On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every postseason game during the 2014 season.

    The Teams: The Patriots are hosting the Colts in an epic matchup of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning ... err, hold up. Tom Brady will welcome the best young quarterback in football, Andrew Luck, to town after Luck's predecessor, Manning, was ousted in the Divisional Round at home by Luck's Colts. The Patriots are always a tough out at home in the postseason, but they escaped by the skin of their teeth against Baltimore on Saturday.

    Past Meetings: The Patriots are 49-29 against the Colts all-time, including four postseason games. The most recent of those playoff meetings came just a year ago when Brady & Co. ousted Luck and the Colts with a 43-22 win. They also met just a couple of months ago in Indianapolis, and the Patriots rolled to a 42-20 win.

    Who's Hot: The Colts defense held the Broncos to just 13 points and held a hobbled Peyton Manning to just 211 passing yards as they went to Denver and came away with a huge playoff win what is a young team. Running back Dan Herron, who was on no one's radar when the year began, isn't a flashy star but he gets the job done and he had a hard-earned 63 yards and a score against the Broncos' stout run defense. Andrew Luck threw for 265 yards and two scores, but did toss two picks.

    Tom Brady torched the Ravens' secondary on Saturday, throwing for 367 yards and three scores, including one to Rob Gronkowski, who racked up 108 receiving yards. The biggest shock of Saturday's game was the performance of Danny Amendola, who caught two touchdowns, including one on a wide receiver pass from Julian Edelman.

    Who's Not: T.Y. Hilton only had four grabs on Sunday, but did rack up 72 yards, and Adam Vinatieri, the former Patriots' Super Bowl hero, actually missed a field goal for the Colts. That's news.

    Call it taking what the defense gives you, but the Patriots had a grand total of 14 rushing yards on just seven attempts, not including Tom Brady's "attempts."