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2014 NFL Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why You Do Not Want to Play Indianapolis Colts

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5 Reasons To Not Want To Play the Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts are one of the most interesting teams remaining in the playoffs. This is a team that has knocked off some of the best teams that the NFL has to offer, including the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. This is also the team that lost by 30 points at home against the St. Louis Rams.

The Colts went 11-5 through the regular season and easily won the AFC South. In the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Indianapolis erased a 28-point second-half lead held by the Kansas City Chiefs, and eventually won the game 45-44. It was an incredibly exciting game.

For the Divisional round, the Colts will travel to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. While this may not be New England's most impressive team, it is never easy to knock off Brady and Bill Belichick at home in the playoffs. The Colts must bring their A-game if they expect to advance.

That being said, there is plenty of reasons to think that the Colts could defeat the Patriots and make a run at the Super Bowl. The AFC is wide open this season, and this Indianapolis team is extremely talented. Nobody is looking forward to playing the Colts, and here are five reasons why.

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5. Explosive Offensive Playmakers

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Losing Reggie Wayne to a knee injury early in the regular season was a huge blow for the Colts. After a tough initial stretch, the team has now learned how to move on without him. T.Y. Hilton is the no. 1 option and he is a very explosive playmaker. Donald Brown has been incredible at the running back position, and Coby Fleener has been solid at tight end. Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill have also made big plays for the Colts. It may be an unlikely group of weapons, but they have certainly gotten the job done.

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4. Adam Vinatieri

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The kicker position always seems relatively unimportant until you need him to knock down a kick to win the game. Adam Vinatieri is one of the best kickers in NFL history. He has hit so many clutch playoff kicks in his career, and there is not anybody that I would rather have lining up for a big kick late in a playoff game than Vinatieri.

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3. Robert Mathis

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At 32-years-old, Robert Mathis led the NFL with 19.5 sacks. He is a relentless pass rusher that uses his incredible power and speed combination flawlessly to reach the QB. Rushing the passer is one of the most important parts of today's game, and the Colts have the best in the business.

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2. Proved They Could Beat Anybody

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Knocking off Denver, Seattle and San Francisco, the Colts proved that they can beat anybody. This team is battle-tested and will not be afraid to play any team in the NFL. They may be inconsistent, but the entire NFL knows that they can beat anybody on their best day.

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1. Andrew Luck

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You need a great QB to win a Super Bowl, and Andrew Luck is certainly that. He showed great poise against the Chiefs. Luck threw three interceptions in the game, but he just kept on coming back for more, throwing for 443 yards and four touchdowns. Simply put, Luck is a winner and he matches up just fine against any QB in the NFL.