INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will continue practice the next two days before heading out east on Friday afternoon. Today's news looks at last year's Colts/Patriots matchup, what New England thinks of Deion Branch and how the Patriots are preparing for Andrew Luck.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromWednesday, January 8th.**Colts notes: Lessons from last year's 59-24 loss to New England**By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell looks back on the previous Colts/Patriots matchup up in New England last season.
Chuck Pagano was back in Indianapolis undergoing treatment for leukemia the last time the Colts visited the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
It was Nov. 18, 2012, and even from afar, it wasn't a pretty picture.
"Not a lot of good," Pagano said Tuesday of his recollections of the Colts' 59-24 loss to the Patriots, adding he had trouble uncovering video evidence of the event.
"I think they burned it, to be honest with you," he said with a smile. "Technology is so good you've got it on iPads now, so it's hard to throw away the iPad. They cost too much to replace."
On a more serious note, Pagano conceded he's taken time to review the video as part of his preparation for Saturday's AFC divisional playoff match-up with New England.
"Obviously you're going to look at it and see what they did," he said. "You've got to cover all your bases."
**Brady on Branch: He's the best teammate**By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
The newest Colt in Deion Branch comes to Indianapolis after seven seasons with the New England Patriots.
"He's a great player," Brady said. "He's been one of the best players I've ever played with. He's the best teammate, a great person, a great friend. He's so smart and dependable, consistent. He's everything you look for in a football player. I've always kept in contact with him."
Branch, MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX, had two separate stints with the Patriots, totaling 4,297 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best season in New England was in 2005 when he had 79 receptions for 998 yards.
"Deion had a great career here," Belichick said. "I think he was here for seven years or north thereof. Very smart, professional player, one of the top guys we've had here in terms of off the field work ethic, leadership, intelligence, preparation, all those things. He had some very productive seasons here. He's a tremendous person."
**Pats must take what Luck gives**By: Jeff Howe, The Boston Herald
After a performance for the ages, Andrew Luck will now head into a hostile environment Saturday night.
Now, the poster boy of wild card weekend takes his show to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots will host the Colts in the divisional round Saturday night. The Pats have to slow him down, and they've uncovered a way to do so. More than anything, the Patriots know Luck will put the ball up for grabs, and they've got to take advantage of those opportunities for takeaways.
"There are going to be opportunities for us to take advantage of those things," linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. "All in all, every player has their flaws, and every player is going to get coached up on things that they do wrong or need a little bit more work on. Whatever we see on film, we're going to have to take those shots that we can take and try to live off of that."
This isn't to discredit Luck, who has been a terrific quarterback since the Colts selected him with the first pick in 2012. Luck's accuracy in tight windows, out routes and deep balls has been impressive, and he can be quick to exploit mismatches. His toughness, scrambling ability and leadership add even more elements to his game.