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AFC preview: Colts have gained ground, but Patriots are tough at home
AFC preview: Colts have gained ground, but Patriots are tough at home

Having posted convincing victories over Cincinnati and Denver, the Indianapolis Colts unquestionably belong in the AFC championship game. In a sense, though, the Colts are party crashers. Andrew Luck is the only remaining quarterback without a Super Bowl ring, and Chuck Pagano is similarly the odd man out among the final four head coaches. Then again, the Colts — coming off three consecutive 11-5 seasons — have steadily gained postseason ground during that span. They lost to Baltimore in the first round in Luck's rookie season; pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory over Kansas City in the first round last year, then were pounded at New England in a...

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