The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

November 15, 2012

Colts/Patriots game capsule

Familiar foes will matchup for 10th straight year

INDIANAPOLIS — The game -- Indianapolis Colts (6-3, 2-1 AFC South) at New England Patriots (6-3, 3-0 AFC East), 4:25 p.m. (ET), Gillette Stadium (FieldTurf), Foxborough, MA.

Coverage -- CBS Sports (Jim Nantz, Phil Sims); Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Will Wolford, Kevin Lee); Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 134, Colts; Channel 86, Patriots); XM NFL Radio (Channel 228, Patriots); Dial Global Radio Sports (Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Scott Graham).

The coaches -- Colts: Bruce Arians, interim (5-1, 1st year with Indianapolis). Patriots: Bill Belichick (181-100, 13th year with New England).

The series -- 73rd regular-season meeting. Patriots lead series, 44-28. The series began in 1970 when the Baltimore Colts moved from the NFC to the AFC and became members of the AFC Eastern Division. New England has won three of the last five meetings, including last year's 31-24 decision at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The Patriots also posted a 31-28 win at Gillette Stadium in 2010. Indianapolis posted back-to-back wins at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008 and 2009 (18-15, 35-34). The Colts haven't won at Gillette Stadium since the 2005 and 2006 seasons (40-21, 27-20). Indianapolis and New England have played each other three times in the post-season, the last time coming in the 2006 AFC Championship game at the RCA Dome (38-34). The Colts and Patriots have also played each other in the 2004 (AFC Championship, New England won 24-14) and 2005 (AFC Divisional, the Patriots won 20-3) playoffs. New England has a 24-12 lead in the series in games played away from Indianapolis. The series has been played at six different venues (Colts: Baltimore's Memorial Stadium (8-6), Hoosier/RCA Dome (7-14), Lucas Oil Stadium (2-0); Patriots: Harvard (1-0), Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro (9-21), and Gillette Stadium (2-5).

Noting it -- Indianapolis (6-3) is going for its fifth consecutive win this season...A Colts win today at New England would make Indianapolis the first team in NFL history to start 7-3 or better in a season immediately following a year with an 0-10 start...Rookie QB Andrew Luck has four 300-yard passing games this year, tying former Colts QB Peyton Manning (1998) for the most all-time by a first-year quarterback...Luck has the highest winning percentage (.667) through Week 10 of the 2012 season by a rookie quarterback who was the No. 1 overall pick in the Super Bowl era (minimum three starts)...Luck's 2,631 yards passing yards are the most through nine games among rookie quarterbacks in NFL history...Luck leads AFC quarterbacks in rushing yardage (159) and rushing touchdowns (5)...WR Reggie Wayne (931) needs 69 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the eighth time in his NFL career...Wayne (12,639) needs 83 receiving yards to surpass Art Monk for 15th-most in NFL history...Wayne has 67 receptions for 883 yards and five touchdowns in 13 career games with the Patriots...Wayne had 10 receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns against New England on Nov. 15, 2009. He also had nine catches for 124 yards and a TD on Nov. 7, 2005...WR Donnie Avery has six catches for 163 yards and a TD in his only career game with New England (10/26/08)...S Antoine Bethea has 53 total tackles, five passes broken up and three interceptions in seven career games with the Patriots...OLB Robert Mathis has recorded 38 total tackles, five sacks, three passes broken up and two forced fumbles in 11 career games against New England...Mathis notched eight tackles (six solo), two sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed on Nov. 15, 2009...Mathis has registered six sacks in five games this season...OLB Dwight Freeney has four sacks in 12 career games with the Patriots...CB Vontae Davis has six passes broken up and two interceptions in six career games against New England...PK Adam Vinatieri played with the Patriots from 1996-2005. He has made nine-of-12 field goals against New England since coming to the Colts...S Sergio Brown played for New England from 2010-11. Brown had been signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots in 2010...CB Darius Butler played with the Patriots from 2009-10. He was a second-round draft pick by New England in 2009. Butler had two interceptions, including an 11-yard return for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery in last week's win over Jacksonville.

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