Kicker won’t be welcomed

Time has, in many ways, changed the complexion of the Indianapolis Colts’ storied rivalry with the New England Patriots.

They haven’t met in the playoffs since the 2007 AFC Championship Game. And all but a handful of the central figures from that era are gone, with Tom Brady, Robert Mathis and Bill Belichick being notable exceptions.

The other, of course, is Adam Vinatieri, the only player who has seen and experienced the rivalry from from both sides. And though much has changed superficially, he insists the passion has not.

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