ORCHARD PARK, NY. -- Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game between the Indianapolis Colts and AFC East division champion Buffalo Bills is set to kickoff at 1:05 p.m. (ET).
This will mark the 2nd time in 3 seasons that the Colts have advanced to the postseason, while the Bills are returning for their second straight year following last season’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Houston in the opening round.
For Indianapolis, 2020 has part been a promising year of success despite a new name under center and a carousel of running backs.
After spending a portion of the season in the dog house with head coach Frank Reich as a result of ball security problems, Colts’ rookie RB Jonathan Taylor has earned back the trust of many through his explosive performance in Week 17—shattering the franchise’s single-game record for rushing yards with 253 while posting 2 touchdowns.
In just the first quarter alone, he ran for 106.
At the season’s end, Taylor finished with the 3rd most rushing yards in the league with 1,169, only behind Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook.
Additionally, Phillip Rivers will be making his 7th trip to the postseason and his 1st with Indianapolis.
Previously, over his 16 seasons with the Chargers, he held a 5-6 record without a Super Bowl appearance in any, certainly hoping the horseshoe on his helmet is enough to reverse his luck.
Perhaps, if there was any team in the conference to beat Buffalo besides Kansas City, Indianapolis makes a strong case for the challenge.
The Colts are a well-rounded team that is capable of producing points through the air or ground, while the team’s defense ranks overall among the league’s upper half, however, they’ve allowed for the 20th most yards per game this season to opposing quarterbacks.
As it just so happens, the Buffalo Bills capped off their historic AFC East-conquering season by obliterating the Dolphins in Week 17, 56-26.
Josh Allen now holds the franchise’s single-season passing yards record, with 4,544 yards this season, surpassing Drew Bledsoe’s record set in 2002.
His main target, Stefon Diggs, was with him every step of the way in 2020. Not only does he currently own the franchise’s single-season record for receptions and receiving yards, but Diggs closed out the regular season atop the league in both categories with 127 catches for 1,535 yards respectively—the only Bills player to ever do so, nonetheless in just his first season with the team.
The star wideout was listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest after missing practices earlier in the week, but later suggested to Radio.com reporters that he’ll be able to suit up.
Position mate Cole Beasley also appeared on the team’s official report after sitting out during Week 17 with a knee injury, but was able to return to practice as well.