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Report: Adam Vinatieri, 46, to return to Colts for 24th season

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Report: Adam Vinatieri, 46, to return to Colts for 24th season

You didn't think Adam Vinatieri would go out on a missing an extra point and a chip-shot field goal in a playoff game, did you?

The NFL's oldest player at 46, and its all-time leading scorer (2,598 points), will return for a 24th season after finalizing a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It'll be the 14th season with the Colts for Vinatieri, who spent his first 10 seasons making memorable kicks for the Patriots.

Last season, Vinatieri was 23-for-27 on field goals, with his longest 54 yards, and 44-for-47 on extra points. He missed a PAT and had the shortest field-goal miss of his career (23 yards on a snowy field) in the Colts' 31-13 Wild Card loss to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month.

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Charles Woodson wins best reaction to Adam Vinatieri's missed snow kick

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Charles Woodson wins best reaction to Adam Vinatieri's missed snow kick

We've come full circle, folks.

Adam Vinatieri capped a disastrous first half for the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday's AFC Divisional Round matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs when he missed a 23-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.

Oh, and did we mention there was (some) snow on the ground? And it's the playoffs?

Doesn't Vinatieri usually do pretty well in these situations?

That video, of course, is from the 2001 playoffs, when Vinatieri helped the New England Patriots defeat the Oakland Raiders by making the game-tying and game-winning field goals amid a blizzard at Foxboro Stadium.

Charles Woodson was a defensive back for the Raiders in that game. So, imagine his chagrin Saturday when Vinatieri missed a chip shot in similar (if more mild) conditions.

People don't forget.

Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask was there to comfort her former player, too.

Turns out this was a brutal miss for the 46-year-old kicker. (Yes, he's 46.) And the rest of the internet let him have it.

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Short week means long odds for Colts against Patriots

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Short week means long odds for Colts against Patriots

How well-prepared can the 1-3 Colts be this week both mentally and physically?

The 70 minutes of football they played in losing to the Texans in overtime on Sunday took a toll and head coach Frank Reich acknowledged that as he turned his Monday and Tuesday practices into walkthroughs instead.

“Originally we [were] going to practice, but given the short week and the amount of plays [with] the overtime, [it’s] most important to take care of the guys physically and just really get focused in mentally on what we’re gonna do,” Reich said. “So looking forward to getting on the road, and a good test ahead of us.”

There were 34 snaps in overtime and the two teams went up and down the field on each other – Indy generated 478 yards of offense and allowed 466. Andrew Luck, coming off his litany of career-altering injuries, threw 62 times and took four sacks. Those guys are gonna be toast.

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Meanwhile, the Patriots were involved in a lopsided win over the Dolphins that allowed them to sit some players down toward the end. We can sit and discuss matchups and schemes all we want, but in the end, if the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak (or wicked sore) players will struggle.

Among the Colts dealing with something is kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has an injured groin. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has sternum and back injuries and is unlikely to play. Tight end Jack Doyle, safety Clayton Geathers, linebacker Darious Leonard, center Ryan Kelly, corner Kenny Moore and linebacker Darius Leonard all were listed as hypothetical non-participants if the Colts had run a full practice (it’s a short week injury report thing…). Also, their right tackle Denzelle Good has been away from the team following the shooting death of his brother, Overton, this week.

    Beyond the injuries and fatigue is the simple fact that getting a team ready on the short week is doubly hard for a first-year head coach who’s never done it. Having to prepare for the Patriots trebles the complications because New England alters its offensive and defensive plans so much each week.

    As for the other factors that bear watching, momentum is a big one. Indy’s lost two in a row and is in the midst of a stretch where they’re playing five of seven games on the road. That sucks.

    The Patriots are in the middle of a three-game homestand and just did a 180 in their win over Miami. Plus, the return of Julian Edelman will bring another boost. And the Patriots just don’t lose on Thursday nights.

    The Patriots are favored by 10.5 and the total is 51.5. Give the Patriots the narrow cover . . . 

    PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Colts 16