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Patriots vs. Colts AFC Championship: Final Score Predictions

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The Pats Pulpit staff provides their final score predictions for the AFC Championship showdown between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.

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The Pats Pulpit staff provides their final score predictions for the AFC Championship showdown between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.

Alec Shane: Patriots 31 Colts 24

This is going to be another nail-biter, as the Colts are peaking at the right time and Andrew Luck is making much smarter choices with the football. But the New England defense is going to put any hopes of an Indianapolis comeback to rest with a game-sealing turnover late in the fourth quarter to send the Patriots to their eighth Super Bowl.

Greg Knopping: Patriots 34 Colts 24

As we saw in week 11, the Patriots match up very well with the Colts. That being said, I think that both teams have improved since hen, and I do not think the Patriots can bottle up Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense as easily as they have in recent match-ups. It's always easier to make adjustments from bad tape, and I think the Colts can come out and surprise the Patriots early. That being said, while Indianapolis may end up dominating this conference in years to come, it's not quite their time.

Richard Hill: Patriots 31 Colts 24

I think the Patriots hold on against a late drive in the fourth quarter and use the Colts turnovers to ice the game.

Adam Fox: Patriots 30 Colts 20

Last weekend was special in that the Patriots worked themselves out of two big holes against a worthy opponent that always seems to have their number. It looked to ignite a spark in the team that had been missing in previous incarnations. They should feel like world-beaters. The Colts certainly have enough talent to hang around this one, but I don't think they're prepared for this stage just yet. Indy's deficiencies on defense prove a little too much for their excellent passing game to overcome.

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What are your final score predictions?