Andrew Luck will need to break a winless streak against Tom Brady to earn his first Super Bowl appearance.
If the Denver Broncos assume they’ll face the same Indianapolis Colts they topped in the season opener, they’re both right and wrong.
The Broncos provided plenty of highlight-reel plays en route to 12 wins this season. Here are the five best.
The waiting is over. The Denver Broncos now know they will be hosting the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the NFL playoffs next Sunday, and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas says he’ll be ready to play.
Peyton Manning gets to face his former team and his successor after Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts beat Cincinnati in the wild-card round Sunday.
Arguably the Cincinnati Bengals’ best player, wide receiver A.J. Green is iffy for Sunday’s playoff game in Indianapolis against the Colts. He didn’t practice on Friday and hasn’t cleared the league’s concussion protocol after suffering the injury in Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Green can’t go, the pressure might double for the Bengals to win their first postseason contest since 1990.
The Indianapolis Colts will face the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card week of the 2014 NFL Playoffs without A.Q. Shipley and Hugh Thornton on the offensive line.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won an NFL playoff game since January 6, 1990. They beat the Houston Oilers—right there, that tells you it was a long time ago—by a 41-14 score in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. Since then, the Bengals have lost all five postseason contests they’ve played in. That needs to change this weekend.
The three teams the Denver Broncos could possibly meet in the playoffs are the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers — and running back C.J. Anderson doesn’t care which one it is.
Tickets for the Denver Broncos home playoff game on Jan. 11 will go on sale on Monday at 3 p.m.