Colts vs. Patriots: Top 5 Games in the Rivalry's History

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Colts vs. Patriots: Top 5 Games in the Rivalry's History
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The Indianapolis Colts travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to take on the New England Patriots. This has been one of the best rivalries in the history in the NFL.

The Colts and Patriots have met 74 times in their history, with the Patriots leading the matchup in wins 45-29.

This rivalry didn't heat up, though, until 2001, when conference realignment took place. Prior to 2001, the Colts and Patriots were both part of the AFC East, but in 2001 the Colts moved to the new AFC South division.

Since 2001, the two teams have a combined four Super Bowl Championships, and six AFC Championships. They have met every year except once, in 2002, in this rivalry. The Patriots lead this matchup since 2001, with seven wins to five.

The rivalry really heated up the past decade due to the popularity of the Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady rivalry. Many consider these to be the best two quarterbacks of all time, and if you're a fan of one, you hate the other.

This year the game was originally scheduled for Sunday Night Football, but due to the Colts struggles without Manning, the game was flexed out.

Even without Manning this game still gets me excited. Although it probably won't happen this year, these games have been the best games every year.

The Colts seem to have a habit of falling behind early to the Patriots and make a furious comeback in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Picking five games was hard, but these are the top five games in the Colts-Patriots rivalry.

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