Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos know their playoff foe, and it's as familiar as they come.
The Indianapolis Colts advanced to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs Sunday after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10 in the Wild-Card Round. The Colts will play the Broncos in Denver on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
The Broncos earlier beat the Colts in Week 1 of the 2014 season with a 31-24 victory that included three Julius Thomas touchdowns and a stifling second half defensive effort. It'll mark the third meeting between Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, and their first matchup in the playoffs. They're 1-1 so far.
Colts 26, Bengals 10
In the first half, it looked like a matchup of teams, the Bengals vs. the Colts. It looked like anyone's game.
In the second half, it looked like a battle of quarterbacks, Andy Dalton vs. Andrew Luck. Advantage Indy.
The Colts took a two-score lead they would not relent with that ridonculous as-he's-being-tackled 36-yard touchdown pass by Luck, which turned a good 13-10 football game into a multi-score blowout that saw the Bengals struggled to gain 50 yards throughout seven straight drives. A handful of turnovers then sealed Cincinnati's fate, and the Colts coasted to a comfortable win.
Luck finished 31 of 44 for 376 yards, one TD, no INTs, and a 104.0 passer rating. The Broncos will be defending a damn good quarterback in the Divisional Round.
This game is over. Start prepping for Indy. Need to keep Luck off his spots. Vary the looks. Blitz Ward. Rahim stay deep.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) January 4, 2015
Can't see this Colts team going into Denver and winning. Ironically, Bengals are more physical. Just not well disciplined.— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) January 4, 2015
So Indy it is— C.J. Anderson (@CjAndersonRB9) January 4, 2015