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Familiar foe awaits Colts in playoffs
If there was ever a perfect wild-card playoff matchup for the Indianapolis Colts, it was the Baltimore Ravens. Fifth-place seed Indianapolis (11-5) and fourth-placed seed Baltimore (10-6) will face off at M&T Bank Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday (CBS Sports).
Pagano back in fold for Colts
The players on the Indianapolis Colts roster thought that they had gotten most of their emotions out of their system early last week when head coach Chuck Pagano returned from a near season-long leave of absence.
They were wrong.
What a difference a year makes
Who woulda thunk it?
Just a year removed from a disastrous 2-14 season and nine months since the decision was made to retool a veteran-laden roster and get younger in a hurry, the Indianapolis Colts completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in National Football League history Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Pagano back on Sunday
Emotions figure to be at a high level when the Indianapolis Colts take the field for Sunday's regular-season home finale with Houston.
Head coach Chuck Pagano, who has missed the last 12 games as he underwent a series of chemotherapy treatments for a form of leukemia, will be back on the sidelines.
Veterans lead Colts toward playoffs
They jokingly refer to themselves as the old men of the Indianapolis Colts. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne, outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, outside linebacker Robert Mathis and free safety Antoine Bethea are the primary remnants of outstanding Colts teams of the recent past.
Arians back to his old job
With the return of Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano to the sidelines this past week, interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians kind of got lost in the shuffle.
Arians is a prime candidate for NFL Coach of the Year for the job that he did in filling in for Pagano, who was forced to take an extended leave of absence as he battle a form of leukemia.
Pagano back right in time
Just when the Indianapolis Colts needed him the most, Chuck Pagano is back on the sidelines.
It's not that interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians did a bad job.
Colts/Texans Game Capsule
The game -- Houston Texans (12-3, 5-0) at Indianapolis Colts (10-5, 3-2 AFC South), 1 p.m. (ET), Lucas Oil Stadium (FieldTurf), Indianapolis, IN.
Coverage -- CBS Sports (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf); Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Will Wolford, Kevin Lee); Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 85, Colts; Channel 128, Texans); XM NFL Radio (Channel 230, Colts); Dial Global Radio Sports (Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Scott Graham).
Chuck's back and the Indianapolis Colts couldn't be happier.
First-year head coach Chuck Pagano returned to take over the reins of the Colts Monday after missing most of the season. Pagano, who will be on the sidelines for Indianapolis' regular-season home finale with Houston on Sunday, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in late September and has not been on the sidelines since a Sept. 23 home-game loss to Jacksonville.
Rookie class, the gift that keeps on giving
While Christmas is still two days away, it's safe to say that the Indianapolis Colts figure that they've received most of their gifts already.
When it comes to the Colts' 2012 rookie class, the team has certainly gotten much more than they may have thought possible. Of the 10 players selected in last spring's draft, five -- quarterback Andrew Luck, running back Vick Ballard, tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton -- have either won jobs as starters or have received substantial playing time.
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