Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts defeated the Chiefs 45-44. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Divisional Round: Colts @ Patriots Tickets Preview

When the New England Patriots locked up a first-round bye for the playoffs, they probably weren’t expecting to be looking at this much of a potential challenge from their Divisional Round opponent. That opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, just completed one the the largest comebacks in NFL postseason history on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts, behind Andrew Luck, will now travel to Foxborough to play Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Last week’s Colts win may have scared some Patriots fans away from attending this game. New England Patriots playoff tickets for the Divisional Round have an average price of $258, which is 6.86% below the average 2013 regular season price for games at Gillette Stadium. The weather forecast calls for only a low of 34 degrees, so weather shouldn’t be a deterrent for going to the game like it was for last week’s game in Green Bay between the Packers and 49ers. Could a second-year quarterback be posing that much of a threat to scare away some Patriots fans?

This game is the cheapest of the Divisional weekend by a significant margin. It’s also the only game to feature an average price below the team’s regular season average. With such a relatively low price, it should be easy for Pats fans to attain tickets and sell out the game. Just because the tickets are cheap, doesn’t mean there’s a lack of interest in the game.

Fortunately for the Patriots, they are playing this game at home where they were 8-0 during the regular season. Unfortunately for the Patriots, six of the last 10 teams to go 8-0 at home during the regular season lost their first home game of the playoffs, including this season’s Cincinnati Bengals.  New England also has to face an Indianapolis team that had a 5-3 record on the road in 2013.

Much of the focus will be on Tom Brady and Andrew Luck, but the result of this game could rely on which defense can stop the opposing quarterback more. That could favor the Patriots, who have not allowed an opponent to score more than 31 points in a game this season.

For tickets available at less than the average price of a regular season game, there’s no reason Patriots fans shouldn’t be flocking to Gillette Stadium for the game on Saturday night.

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  • Jon Humphrey


    Indianapolis Colts (12 – 5) @ New England Patriots (12 – 4)
    Saturday January 11, 5:15 PM PST
    Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

    The Indianapolis Colts visit the New England Patriots in the first game of the AFC Divisional Playoff Round. The Patriots are a 7.5 point home favorite. The total is set at 53.5.

    The Colts come into New England riding a high of all highs as they erased a 28 point second half deficit to the Chiefs. Some might recall when the Bills rallied from 32 down against the Oilers to win, however it took the Bills OT to win that one. Some might actually say this Colts comeback is more impressive, I disagree.

    The Colts winners of 5 straight will have their hands full against the Patriots, especially on the road in less than ideal weather conditions. Luck lit up the Chiefs throwing for four TD’s on 436 passing, he also added 45 rushing yards. T.Y. Hilton had 224 receiving and 2 TD’s. The Colts ground game was ineffective has they had to pass the entire second half as they were chasing the Chiefs. Undoubtedly, All Pro Aqib
    Talib will be covering T.Y. which should neutralize the Colts only offensive playmaker.
    Jon Humphrey Sports 2 – 0 last weekend in the Wild Card Round

    New England likes to spread the ball around taking the 5 – 7 yard underneath plays, eat clock and move the chains. Nothing fancy about the Patriots offense, playing keep away to sustain long drives. Tom
    Brady who was sacked 40 times on the year would rather go down then throw a pick. New England will get theirs as they were second in the AFC in scoring at 28 points per game.

    Give Bill Belichick and Tom Brady time to prepare and given how the Patriots needed some rest we have to go with the home team in this one. Talib shuts down Hilton as the Luck runs out in New England as the Patriots tack on a late score to cover the number.

    PREDICTION: Patriots 34, Indianapolis Colts 24
    Play New England -7.5

    • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

      Yeah, I have the Pats winning by 10 points. The Colts have the 26th ranked run defense and the Pats will exploit it often. Success with the running game will give Brady time to stand in the pocket and pick apart the Colts mediocre pass defense…..37-27 Pats.