After the Indianapolis Colts finished last season 2-14, no one thought they would have a winning season, let alone earn a spot in the playoffs. After an astonishing comeback season, the Colts find themselves preparing for the first post-season contest in a number of players' young careers. The Colts have traveled to Baltimore to face the Ravens in what proves to be an emotional game. The game is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. EST, airing on CBS.
Since the Colts organization left Baltimore in 1984 to set up shop in Indianapolis, there has always been tension between the two cities. When the Ravens entered the NFL, an intense rivalry was born. Baltimore forever blames Indianapolis for stealing the Colts after the team packed up and drove off in the middle of the night on a Mayflower truck.
If that is not enough to light the fire, the Colts also took their current head coach, Chuck Pagano, away from the Ravens. Before accepting his position with the Colts, Pagano coached the defense of the Ravens since 2008. In Baltimore, Coach Pagano has always been respected for his impressive talent and coaching abilities.
Sunday's AFC Wildcard match up will hold special meaning to Indianapolis. Not only have the Colts overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, they have done it all led by a rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck. The Colts began this season coming off of the worst record the team has had in years. On top of that, the entire organization had been gutted in the off season and started 2011 as a young, rebuilding team. If that was not enough, the Colts dealt with a coaching change early in the season when Pagano was diagnosed with cancer.
Whatever obstacles the Colts encountered this year, they passed them by without flinching. Any negative comment made about them, the Colts used to fuel their motivation. Week after week, the Colts proved to everyone they came to play hard. To the Colts, no goal was unreachable.
Saturday afternoon, the Houston Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. This victory ensures the Texans will travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. Therefore, with a win over Baltimore, the Colts would move on to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the second round of the playoffs. Will there be a post-season showdown between Luck and Manning? Stay tuned.