NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (11-5) AT BUFFALO BILLS (13-3)
WILD CARD // SATURDAY, JAN. 9, 2021 // 1:05 PM ET // BILLS STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
First meeting in postseason
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 37-32-1
STREAKS: Bills have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Bills 5 at Colts 37
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Bills 13, Colts 7 (OT)
COLTS earned playoff berth for 2nd time in past 3 seasons (2018) & won 11 games for 1st time since 2014. • FRANK REICH makes 2nd postseason appearance as HC. • INDIANAPOLIS had 3 players named to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: C RYAN KELLY, LB DARIUS LEONARD & G QUENTON NELSON. • COLTS OFFENSE allowed 21 sacks in 2020, tied-2nd fewest in NFL. • INDIANAPOLIS DEFENSE allowed 90.5 rush yards per game, 2nd-fewest in NFL & 2nd-fewest in franchise history.
QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 4,169 yards & 24 TDs vs. 11 INTs for 97 rating in 2020, his 12th-career season with 4,000+ pass yards, tied 2nd-most in NFL history. Has 13 TDs vs. INT for 116.2 rating in 6 career starts vs. Buf. Has 105+ rating in 4 of his past 5 on road. Has 6 TDs vs. INT for 93.2 rating in his past 4 postseason starts. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led rookies in scrimmage yards (1,468), rush yards (1,169) & TDs (12), all 3rd-most by rookie in franchise history. Aims for 5th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 2+ rush TDs. Has 684 scrimmage yards (114 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 7 road games this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had career-high 862 scrimmage yards & 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush). • WR T.Y. HILTON had 5 rec. TDs in 2020, his 8th-career season with 5+ TD catches, most in NFL since 2012. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Buf. (10/21/18). Has 85+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row in postseason with 60+ rec. yards. WR ZACH PASCAL set career highs in catches (44) & rec. yards (629). Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. TE JACK DOYLE had rec. TD in his last game vs. Buf. (12/10/17). • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with 132 tackles & is 1 of 4 in NFL with 120+ tackles in each of past 3 seasons. Had 17 tackles & FR in last meeting. Has 27 tackles, FF, FR & PD in 2 career postseason games. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had 2 TFL & sack in his last game vs. Buf. (11/26/17 with KC). Has sack & PD in 2 of his past 3 in postseason. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER led team with 9.5 sacks. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had 9 tackles, 2 sacks & FR in only career game vs. Buf. (10/16/16 with SF).
BILLS won AFC East for 1st time since 1995 & won 13 games for 1st time since 1991. • SEAN MCDERMOTT makes 3rd postseason appearance as HC. • BUFFALO had 5 players named to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: QB JOSH ALLEN, WR STEFON DIGGS, LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS, KR/ PR ANDRE ROBERTS & CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE. • BILLS OFFENSE ranked 2nd in NFL with 31.3 points per game & tied-2nd with 396.4 yards per game. • BUFFALO DEFENSE ranked tied-3rd in NFL with 26 takeaways.
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 4,544 yards & 37 TDs, both franchise records. Ranked tied-3rd among QBs with 8 rush TDs & is only QB in NFL history with 8+ rush TDs in each of 1st 3 seasons. Aims for 6th in row with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row with 120+ rating. Had 22 TDs (17 pass, 5 rush) vs. 6 INTs for 103 rating in 8 home games this season. Passed for 264 yards & rushed for 92 yards with TD catch in only career postseason game. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY recorded 950+ scrimmage yards (956) for 2nd-consecutive season. Had 134 scrimmage yards (76 rec., 58 rush) & 6 catches in only career postseason game. • WR STEFON DIGGS led NFL with 127 catches & 1,535 rec. yards, both most in franchise history & 6th-most catches in single season in NFL history. Aims for 9th in row with 7+ catches & 6th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 postseason games. WR COLE BEASLEY set career highs in catches (82) & rec. yards (967). Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. WR JOHN BROWN had TD catch in Week 17. Had 50 rec. yards in last playoff game. WR GABRIEL DAVIS tied-2nd among rookies with 7 rec. TDs, 2nd-most by rookie in franchise history. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE led team with 11 PD & 3 INTs. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had FF in his last postseason game. S JORDAN POYER tied for lead among safeties with career-high 118 tackles in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row in playoffs with 5+ tackles. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 119 tackles, his 3rd-consecutive season with 115+ tackles. Had 12 tackles, sack & FR in only career postseason game.
TV: CBS/CBS All Access (1:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker SIRIUS: 82 (Ind), 83 (Buf) | XM: 226 (Ind), 225 (Buf), 88 (National)