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Why Didn’t Colts Change Game Plan vs. Patriots?

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Colts coach Chuck Pagano walked off the Gillette Stadium field again having failed to figure out how to stop the Patriots. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

Colts coach Chuck Pagano walked off the Gillette Stadium field again having failed to figure out how to stop the Patriots. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

 

(Boston Globe) – The Colts’ coaching staff does know it’s allowed to switch up the game plan occasionally, right?

Re-watching Sunday night’s AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Colts felt like a flashback. “Am I really watching the Pats-Colts game from November? Or maybe this is the playoff win from 2014?”

Because all three games were strikingly similar. Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower wreaking havoc blitzing through the “A” gaps? Check. Cameron Fleming being used frequently as an extra lineman? Check. Andrew Luck forcing throws that result in interceptions? Check. The Colts’ blitzing frequently but not getting to Tom Brady? Check once again.

Brady and Bill Belichick have faced Luck and Chuck Pagano four times, and all four have resulted in blowout wins for the Patriots. Either Pagano has thrown in the towel and conceded the fact that the Patriots are too physically dominant for his team to compete with, or he is incapable of finding new ways to attack the Patriots on both sides of the ball.

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