Saturday's 2014 NFL playoffs live stream and televised games will include what could be a classic confrontation between one of the league's top quarterbacks, and one of its rising young superstars. Tom Brady and the No.2 seed New England Patriots are set to host the "comeback kid" Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts arrive to this game off an amazing comeback victory against the Kansas City Chiefs a week ago, leaving many to wonder what magic they'll have left against Belichik's squad in New England. The latest televised and live stream NFL playoffs game will be available for fans to watch thanks to the CBS sports networks.
According to a CBS Sports preview report on Jan. 11 for today's game, the Colts and Patriots met in 10-straight regular seasons, until 2013 snapped the streak. The two teams last played back on Nov. 18, 2012, which was a crushing 59-24 loss for the Colts. Brady threw for 331 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. The young, top draft pick, Andrew Luck, had more yards with 334, but less touchdowns (only two) and more interceptions as he threw three passes to the opposition.
However, it's a new season, and Andrew Luck and the Colts are riding high after last weekend's dramatic 45-44 comeback victory against Kansas City. In the game Luck threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns. For the postseason, Luck currently leads all quarterbacks with his 443 yards, but several of the game's elite QB's (Brady and Manning) have yet to set foot on the field for a game. For the regular season, the Colts' QB ranked 13th among all quarterbacks with his 3,822 yards passing. He was also just a few spots below Tom Brady at 24th overall for completion percentage. Today the two star quarterbacks meet up with a shot at the AFC Championship game next Sunday.
Patriots' coach Bill Belichick took notice of the opposing team's amazing comeback last weekend, telling the media:
"It was a tremendous performance coming back in the second half. They did a really good job in all three areas of the game. This is a team that's well coached, that's had a real good season. They beat some of the best teams in the league, in both the AFC and the NFC. They've just been impressive."
Many fans and analysts may not be surprised by the Patriots' entry into the 2014 postseason, and their status as one of the top teams in the league, a feat they've seemed to continue with during Belichick's tenure. New England finished the season at 12-4 overall, with a 4-2 division record. Despite some analysts writing them out of a successful season early, the Patriots found ways to win even after losing several key receivers (including Tom Gronkowski), as Tom Brady continues to show his excellence in leading the team to victory. Brady's quarterback rating is right around the same spot as Luck's, with Brady at 17th overall with his 87.3 rating, based on his body of work this past season.
Of note, the Patriots went 2-2 this past season against teams that made the playoffs including an epic comeback win against Peyton Manning and the Broncos 34-31 in overtime. New England failed to reach the Super Bowl in 2013 after losing to the eventual championship team, the Baltimore Ravens, but many have believed that it will be a Denver-New England clash to get to the big game. Could those two teams meet up again in next week's AFC Championship? "Luck might not have it," so the game remains to be played first.
Odds makers have the New England Patriots as the home favorites today, as they are favored to win by at least 7 or 7 1/2-points at various books. The over/under points total is set at 51 at the books after first opening at 53 points. Weather reports indicate cloudy skies with a 905 chance of precipitation in the area. That could include heavy rainfall or thunderstorms. There will also be gusty winds and a kickoff temperature around 51 degrees making for some tougher-than-normal conditions for this postseason matchup.
Saturday night's AFC Divisional round game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots has a scheduled start time of 8:15 p.m. EST at Foxborough, Mass. The game will be televised around the nation on CBS affiliate stations for cable and satellite TV viewers. The CBS Sports NFL live video website will also present Saturday's game live streaming online, free of charge. Visit the site here to watch tonight's matchup from the 2014 NFL Playoffs.