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Colts at Patriots


How odd is it that the best rivalry in the NFL over the last decade features teams from different divisions? The razor's-edge difference in this matchup is startling. Counting the playoffs, the teams have met 10 times since 2003. The score, by victories: New England 5, Indianapolis 5. The score, by points: New England 257, Indianapolis 253. Expect nothing different this year. Each team has won four of its last five. Tom Brady, 33, and Peyton Manning, 34, have been their typically brilliant selves. I say New England, the healthier team, will use the physical skills of rookie tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski to control the middle of the field and harass Manning enough to outscore the Colts.

Patriots 30, Colts 24