Colts just might visit Baltimore in playoffs

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January 01, 2007|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Sun Columnist

It could be delicious or devastating.

The Ravens wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs with yesterday's 19-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills and will be watching from afar as the first round determines who will come to M&T Bank Stadium to face them on Jan. 13 or 14.

There is no way to accurately predict who will emerge from the scrum of second-tier division champions and wild-card teams, but the team that appears to have the best chance of coming here -- based on seeding and home-field advantage -- is the Indianapolis Colts.

What a homecoming that would be.

The Colts are the No. 3 seed, so they are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs at the RCA Dome on Saturday. They are seven-point favorites against a Chiefs team that slipped into the playoffs when the Denver Broncos were upset by the San Francisco 49ers in overtime yesterday.

Since the San Diego Chargers earned the top seed in the AFC, they will draw the lowest-seeded team to emerge from the first round, most likely the winner of the game between the AFC East champion New England Patriots and the surprising wild-card New York Jets.

It's certainly possible that the Chiefs will win in Indianapolis. The Colts haven't exactly been invincible in the second half of the season. But this might just be destiny.

Nobody has to remind anyone in Baltimore of the significance of a Ravens-Colts matchup. Even Ravens fans who weren't born when the Mayflower trucks rolled out of here in 1984 will be out for revenge if Peyton Manning and Co. show up with the city's long-lost (or is that long-stolen?) horseshoe emblem on their helmets.

peter.schmuck@baltsun.com

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