INDIANAPOLIS -- The easy -- and wrong -- thing for the Indianapolis Colts to do would be for them think they won’t have a problem beating the Kansas City Chiefs in this weekend’s wild-card playoff match up because they just beat them a little over a week ago.
The Colts defeated the Chiefs 23-7 by controlling the clock and forcing four Kansas City turnovers.
“You’re a fool to think that the game turns out the same way because it turned out and it was just two weeks ago,” Colts veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri said. “I know that our team is going to prepare and get ready to play and usually the games are different. Hopefully the outcome is the same, but they’re never the same as the game progresses along. You have to be prepared and ready to go. It’ll be different guys making different plays and different set of circumstances for the outcome of the game.”
Colts linebacker Robert Mathis has further proof that that theory doesn’t always work.
He was a member of the 2005 team, one that former Colts coach Tony Dungy called the best in his tenure with the team, that beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-7 during the regular season.
The two teams met again in the playoffs at the RCA Dome. The outcome -- and the Colts’ Super Bowl aspirations -- died that mid-January afternoon.
The Steelers beat the Colts 21-18.
“They came back and beat us first, we were a one-and-done team,” Mathis said. “And that was arguably the best team we had that year since I’ve been here. So don’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe. They’re coming to play, so you better come to play. Bring you’re A-game and your lunch pail.”