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November 15, 2012

Many Colts making first trip to Foxborough

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There’s a first time for everything and Sunday’s trip to New England will be a first for many of the Indianapolis Colts.

“It’s funny because I had a show of hands of how many guys in the locker room that this was their first trip to Foxborough,” interim head coach Bruce Arians said. “Way too many.”

Arians said nearly half of the locker room raised their hands.

Of course, this season has been full of new things — a new quarterback, a new coach, a new general manager, a new image on the field.

Now the Colts (6-3) will try to do something for the first time since 2009 when they go on the road to face the Patriots (6-3) — string five wins together.

“This game is, it’s enriched in its own way, with the competitors on the field and the grand stage that it’s on, both teams 6-3,” defensive end

Cory Redding. “At the end of the day, somebody’s got to come out 7-3 and it’s going to be a nice challenge for us to go in there and do what we do.”

Indy went 16-3 back in 2009 and won 14 straight before resting their starters the last two games of the regular season and then losing to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl. After last year’s debacle, the theme for the Colts this year has been “in the hunt,” with the playoffs on everyone’s mind.

“It will be huge for us, but it’s just another game,” Arians said of the Patriots. “We’ve got a bunch of them left and we want to stay in the hunt.”

The Colts passed the test last week when they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars

27-10 in their first prime-time game on Thursday. They have some challenges this week.

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