50 years of real Cleveland winners (slideshow) – The Plain Dealer (blog)

50 years of real Cleveland winners (slideshow)The Plain Dealer (blog)Cleveland’s sense of worth shouldn’t suffer because its last major league sports title came in 1964, when the original Browns won…

AFC South Analysis – Tennessee Titans – Colts.com

Colts.comIt was a one-game improvement from 2012, but Tennessee changed coaches and has Ken Whisenhunt at the helm. Colts.com looks at the Titans. INDIANAPOLIS – Tennessee had a second-place finish…

AFC South Analysis – Houston Texans – Colts.com

Colts.comThe Texans won the AFC South in 2011 (10-6) and 2012 (12-4), but fell to fourth in the division. Gary Kubiak, who suffered a medical event at halftime of the…

Hazy flashbacks from members of the 1964 Browns remain Cleveland’s most … – The Plain Dealer

The Plain DealerFor members of that ’64 Browns team, recollections of the 27-0 title-game trouncing of the Baltimore Colts remain intact, but memories of the celebration and aftermath of Cleveland’s…

2014 NFL combine: Five Takeaways from Sunday – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comThe 2013 draft was the first time in 50 years that a running back was not selected in the first round. History appears likely to repeat itself, especially given shockingly…

2014 NFL Scouting Combine: Draft Prospects with the Most to Gain in Indy – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportFor players whose draft stocks are more in flux, the combine is a legitimate opportunity to improve one’s draft stock. Along with impressing in positional drills and in interviews…

Colts hire former Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski – Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis StarThe Colts hired Rob Chudzinski — fired in December as Cleveland’s head coach after one season — to be special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano. “Rob and I…

Colts scouring Senior Bowl for NFL draft prospects – Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis StarWith an NFL-record 98 college underclassemen having declared for May’s draft, there’s a good chance some of the players selected by the Colts this year won’t have played in…

Report: Stanford’s Derek Mason leading candidate for Vanderbilt – USA TODAY

USA TODAYStanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason has emerged as the leading candidate to be Vanderbilt’s next football coach. 247Sports.com is reporting that the deal is close. Mason, who was believed…

Lions tab Jim Caldwell as next head coach – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJim Caldwell watched every pass Matthew Stafford threw this year to prepare for his interview with the Detroit Lions. Next year, he’ll have an even better vantage point. The…

Jim Caldwell Is Detroit Lions Head Coach; From Tony Dungy Coaching Tree

Jim Caldwell, who led the Indianapolis Colts to their last Super Bowl win, and was offensive coordinator to the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens from the 2012 NFL Season, has…

Patriots in Rare Position as Postseason Underdogs – ABC News

ABC NewsThe Patriots’ streak of 11 postseason games as a favorite is over. For the first time since the AFC championship game against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in…

Kravitz: In wake of defeat, better days ahead for Colts – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Robert Mathis was asked the other day if he would deem the Indianapolis Colts’ season a success if they fell short of a Super Bowl appearance…

LeGarrette Blount is a force again as Patriots run over, around, and past Colts – Boston.com

Boston.comWhen Bill Belichick praises LeGarrette Blount — something that is becoming as familiar from the coach during Patriots postgame media festivities as the phrase “all three phases” — he is…

Bell: Patriots find a new way to pour it on Colts – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Another week, another deep hole. But this time, there would be no miracle comeback for the Indianapolis Colts. Just too much Tom Brady. And way too…

Report cards: Colts can’t answer reinvented Patriots – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe New England Patriots used a vicious ground game to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 on Saturday in the AFC divisional playoffs. Below are grades for each team. THE…

Patriots beat Colts, advance to AFC Championship Game – NBCSports.com

NBCSports.comFor the eighth time in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era, the Patriots are heading to the AFC Championship Game. New England kept it on the ground to beat Indianapolis on…

Live: Pats running away, lead Colts, 43-22 – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady congratulates running back LeGarrette Blount on his first quarter touchdown in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday January 11,…

AFC Divisional Playoffs: What to look for as the Colts visit the Patriots – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

The Star-Ledger – NJ.comCOLTS at PATRIOTS, 8:15 P.M., CH. 2. COMMON OPPONENTS The Patriots went 1-1 against the Dolphins this season and the Colts went 0-1. Both teams lost to…

Bell Tolls: Big litmus test for Colts on Patriots’ turf – USA TODAY

USA TODAYConsider the path the Indianapolis Colts have taken to advance to the AFC divisional playoffs, and there is no denying the statements they made along the way with victories…

No lead safe with comeback kings – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Journal GazetteFOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady has been leading successful comebacks for more than a decade. Andrew Luck is just getting started. One of them should have a…

NFL playoffs capsule preview: Saints at Seahawks – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleNew Orleans (12-5) at Seattle (13-3). When: 1:35 p.m. Saturday TV/Radio: Channel: 2 Channel: 40 / (680). Line: Seahawks by 8. Series record: Seahawks lead 7-6. Last meeting:…

MAPS: Which NFL Teams Every County In The US Is Rooting For In This Weekend – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleFacebook made these county-by-county maps of who’s rooting for who in this weekend’s NFL playoff games. It’s based on Facebook likes, and it’s pretty cool. Some takeaways: The…

Brady on Robert Mathis, Andrew Luck, and facing old teammates – Boston.com

Boston.comFOXBOROUGH — Struck with a cold and donning a knit cap, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressed the media ahead of Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. It will…

Game Preview: Patriots host Colts in divisional playoff game – Patriots.com

Patriots.comThis week’s game will be the fourth postseason meeting between the two teams. The Patriots are 2-1 in the postseason against the Colts. The Patriots beat Indianapolis, 24-14, in the…

Colts add Deion Branch to Andrew Luck’s arsenal – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldOUT ON A LIMB: With Deion Branch one of the last successful Pats wide receivers to come out of the draft, now is a good time for the team…

Alex Smith proved he was the right man for the job – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith did something Saturday no other quarterback in NFL playoff history has managed — throw four touchdowns with no interceptions, and still come away with…

Rematches galore in next NFL playoff round – Boston.com

Boston.comThe road was kind in the wild-card round. The next challenge might be more daunting for the Saints, 49ers and Chargers. Not to mention the Colts, the only team to…

Patriots coach Bill Belichick views Colts quarterback as a thoroughbred – Enterprise News

Enterprise NewsIn just his second season in the NFL and at 24 years of age, the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck is, in Bill Belichick’s opinion, “one of the top quarterbacks…

Patriots set to face Colts in AFC divisional round – NorthJersey.com

NorthJersey.comFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick can prepare his players to stop Andrew Luck now that they’re set to play the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC…

Chiefs vs. Colts, 2014 AFC Wild Card: Indy’s ‘stunning comeback’ frustrates KC … – SB Nation

SB NationThat fumble return was reminiscent of the 2007 AFC Championship game, when the Colts fumbled but center Jeff Saturday picked it up for a score. In that game, the…

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck saves day — but was it a lucky play? – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesDid a lucky bounce, or play, help quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts win their first-round playoff game Saturday when they staged the second-biggest comeback in NFL…

Andrew Luck creates his own place in Colts history – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeINDIANAPOLIS — When the day comes and Tom Brady is no longer the franchise quarterback of the Patriots, the Foxborough Faithful can only hope that his replacement is as…

Alex Smith’s stellar performance made the wrong kind of history – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for four touchdowns, no interceptions and more than 350 yards in Saturday’s 45-44 wild-card loss to the Indianapolis Colts. It was a…

Colts, Saints use late heroics to advance – The West Australian

The West AustralianNow we got to get ready for Seattle,” said Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton. Brees was 20-of-30 for 250 yards with a touchdown, while Mark Ingram rushed 18 times…