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Twitter wasted no time roasting Colts over "1-0" flag after playoff loss

Twitter wasted no time roasting Colts over "1-0" flag after playoff loss

You knew this was coming.

Remember when the Indianapolis Colts raised a "1-0" flag (and sold 1-0 T-shirts) this week to celebrate their AFC Wild Card Game win over the Houston Texans? Seemed a little much for a first-round playoff win, right?

Well, the Colts didn't fare so well in the second round, falling 31-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round on Sunday in a season-ending defeat.

Which means -- you guessed it -- it's time to update that flag.

And can we take care of the shirts while we're at it?

The Chiefs even got in on the act, too.

We should mention the Colts used the "1-0" mantra during the regular season as a reminder to take things one game at a time. But that's still an awful cliché, and considering this is the same team that raised an "AFC Finalist" banner after losing to the New England Patriots by 38 points, they deserve to take some heat.

Unfortunately for the Patriots, Indy's loss didn't do New England any favors, as the winner of Sunday's Patriots-Chargers Divisional Round clash will have to travel to Arrowhead Stadium for the AFC Championship Game.

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Breaking down the Patriots' keys to victory vs. Chiefs

Breaking down the Patriots' keys to victory vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots will look to avoid their second straight loss on Sunday, but it won't be an easy task.

They'll line up against the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game, which the Pats won 37-31 in overtime.

This time, the game will take place at Gillette Stadium where the Patriots have won 21 straight including the postseason to match the longest streak in team history. To make it 22, they'll need more of a spark than they've gotten recently from their struggling offense.

Of course, with last year's NFL MVP under center for the Chiefs, the Patriots defense will need to be the shutdown unit we've seen all season long.

On the latest Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry went into more detail on what the keys to a victory will be for the Patriots on Sunday.

"Do you think the Patriots' pass rush against a hobbled still -- not exactly where he was at the end of last year -- Patrick Mahomes could be the key to this game for the Patriots? 'Cause I do," Curran said. "I think you move him, you get to him, it changes everything. Same way it did with Dak Prescott, I felt."

As for the key offensively for the Patriots, that's the player they spent a second-round draft pick in October.

"If the New England Patriots keep the Kansas City Chiefs under 20 points on Sunday, then they are everything we cracked them up to be defensively all season long. That's my pledge," Curran said. "If the Kansas City Chiefs get over 20 points, the Patriots are not going to win. And if they do get over 20 points and I'm wrong, and they do win, it's because of Mohamed Sanu.

"Mohamed Sanu to me is the most important player on this Patriots offense over the last four games and into the playoffs. He is the linchpin."

Listen to the full episode below:

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Patriots-Chiefs injury report: Tom Brady, Cody Kessler limited at practice

Patriots-Chiefs injury report: Tom Brady, Cody Kessler limited at practice

The New England Patriots had two quarterbacks limited at Thursday's practice as they prepared for Sunday's Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Starting quarterback Tom Brady was a limited participant with toe and right elbow injuries, while third-string QB Cody Kessler was limited because of an illness. The only Patriots quarterback not on the latest injury report is rookie backup Jarrett Stidham.

Patriots wide receivers Julian Edelman (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) were among the six other players limited in practice. Ted Karras (knee) and rookie Byron Cowart (head) were the only Patriots who didn't practice.

Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was added to the injury report with a shoulder issue and illness. He did not practice Thursday. Veteran running back Damien Williams also didn't practice. He's missed back-to-back practices, making his status for Sunday unclear. Kansas City already placed running back Darrel Williams on injured reserve earlier Thursday, so the Chiefs are pretty thin at that position.

Here are the full Thursday injury reports for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DL Byron Cowart, Head
OL Ted Karras, Knee

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady, Toe / Right Elbow
LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, Knee
OT Marcus Cannon, Illness
S Patrick Chung, Heel
WR Julian Edelman, Shoulder
QB Cody Kessler, Illness
CB Jason McCourty, Groin
WR Mohamed Sanu, Ankle

FULL PARTICIPATION
No Players Listed

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Morris Claiborne, Shoulder
CB Rashad Fenton, Hamstring
RB Damien Williams, Rib
DE Frank Clark, Shoulder/Illness

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
No Players Listed

FULL PARTICIPATION
OT Eric Fisher, Groin
CB Kendall Fuller, Thumb
QB Patrick Mahomes, Knee
DT Derrick Nnadi, Elbow
DE Alex Okafor, Ankle

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