The playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts head to San Diego to take on the Chargers in the first-round wild-card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. EST. The Colts will stride into Qualcomm Stadium boasting a 9-game winning streak and a regular season record of 12-4, while the Chargers broke even in regular season game play with a record of 8-8. The last time the two teams met was Nov. 23, less than six weeks ago, when the Colts emerged victorious 23-20 on the Chargers' home field.
The Colts are the fifth-seeded playoff team in the AFC, whereas the Chargers are fourth-seeded as the AFC West champions.
Indy has a lot to be proud of in its Colts:
- The Colts own the best NFL regular-season record (114-46) since the beginning of the 1999 season.
- The Colts are the only team to have earned 9 playoff appearances in the last 10 seasons.
- The Colts boast a 32-10 record in AFC South play, having owned or shared the lead in 95 of the 119 weeks the division has been in existence.
- The Colts are the only NFL team to have double-digit victory totals and make it to the playoffs every season since the 2002 NFL realignment.
- The Colts have had double-digit victories for the past seven consecutive seasons, tying the second-longest streak in NFL history. (San Francisco holds the record for the longest streak with 16 double-digit victories from 1983 to 1998, while Dallas logged a streak of 7 from 1975 to 1981.)
- The Colts' current 9-game winning streak makes them the only franchise in NFL history to win 7 or more consecutive regular-season games in 5 consecutive seasons.
- The Colts defeated the Chicago Bears to claim the championship in Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4, 2007.
So there you have it -- plenty of good reasons to believe in blue. Don't miss out.