What seemed impossible less than a year ago is within reach this Sunday.
And what seemed improbable three months ago could be possible next week.
For the Indianapolis Colts, the chance to clinch the playoffs and maybe welcome back head coach Chuck Pagano within a 24-hour window is the NFL equivalent of a dream come true.
They control their own destiny with regard to the postseason. They await medical clearance with regard to Pagano.
Priority No. 1 is taking care of what they can control.
“We need to get in the playoffs. That’s all we’re thinking about, is getting there,” said interim coach Bruce Arians, whose team will get there with a win Sunday at Kansas City. Lose, and nothing is guaranteed.
“We’re not there yet. We’re going to have to beat a good team on the road at a really, really hostile environment this week,” Arians said. “I know Kansas City’s record doesn’t show it, but they’re one of the best defensive teams in the league, I think, talent-wise and scheme-wise.”
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