In the spot that most of us thought would be occupied by the Cincinnati Bengals, the Colts travel east to face the New England Patriots on their home turf. I once again turn to Tecmo for probably the most accurate prediction of the game.
The game starts with New England receiving the ball and promptly moving down the field using their passing game.
Unable to convert third down, the Patriots are forced to settle for a field goal.
A Jerod Mayo sack pins the Colts back as the first quarter comes to a close.
The Colts, Trent Richardson moves the ball on the ground setting Indy up for a field goal attempt to tie the game.
The kick sails wide left.
A Tom Brady interception puts the Colts right back in business. As the 2nd comes to a close they attempt another field goal.
This time the kick is blocked, so at the half the Patriots lead 3 - 0.
To open the second half, Trent Richardson again picks up a big chunk of yards as the drive ends with an Andrew Luck rushing touchdown.
A pass to Danny Amendola sets up the Patriots Stevan Ridley for a score of his own.
The Colts waste no time with an answer. Andrew Luck finds Coby Fleener wide open for the score.
At the end of 3 the Colts lead 14 - 10.
The Patriots fail to move the ball and pin the Colts back deep with a punt. Vince Wilfork destroys the line and records a safety for the Patriots.
In the biggest part of the safety, Andrew Luck is forced to leave the game with an inury.
The Patriots are rolling. Danny Amendola pulls in the Tom Brady pass for another Patriots touchdown.
Down by 5 the Colts are forced with a 4th and 19 late in the game. Matt Hasselbeck completes the clutch throw and the Colts pick up the first down.
On the next play Hasselbeck finds Darrius Heyward Bey for the touchdown. The extra point is blocked.
The Patriots fail to answer and the Colts find themselves headed to the AFC Championship.