Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Colts assistant Arians hospitalized, misses game

BALTIMORE — Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was hospitalized Sunday with an undisclosed illness and missed his team's playoff loss to the Ravens.

The Colts said Arians was doing well in a local hospital.

Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, a former Bucs assistant, called the plays against Baltimore in Arians' absence.

Arians served as interim coach for 12 games this season, going 9-3, when coach Chuck Pagano was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia.

MANNING WON'T SEE OLD TEAM: Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Colts after their loss to the Ravens.

Had Indianapolis won, there would have been a circus-like atmosphere in Denver, anticipating the reunion between the Broncos quarterback and the team he played with for 14 seasons before their split last spring.

The Broncos have won 11 straight, including a 34-17 win at Baltimore in Week 15.

"It matters in the fact that you have film from having played them and you know them a little better than you know Indy," Broncos TE Jacob Tamme said. "But we would know Indy just as well as any other team we play in the playoffs. So, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter."

Like Tamme, Broncos WR Brandon Stokley is a former teammate of Manning's in Indy, and he said the four-time MVP and the rest of the Broncos know better than to let their guard down now.

"That was the same scenario against Pittsburgh when Peyton and I were in Indy (in 2005). We whipped them pretty good and we played them a couple of weeks later after a bye and they beat us in the playoffs, you know?" Stokley said. "So it doesn't matter what you did in the regular season."

TWO STEP: A regular-season rout can be a poor predictor of the postseason rematch.

Coach Bill Belichick has another chance to remind his Patriots of that less than a month after their 42-14 romp over the Texans last month. The teams meet again next weekend in the division round.

Two years ago, the Patriots beat the Jets 45-3 in Week 12. Six weeks later, the Patriots had the NFL's best record but lost to the Jets 28-21 in the playoffs.

It's a history lesson Belichick is sure to review this week.

"I don't think it's anything that wasn't mentioned until that situation occurred, but it's an example we can point out," he said in a conference call.

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