Colts try to tamp down pressure for Chiefs game

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INDIANAPOLIS — Colts coach Chuck Pagano has kept it loose all week.

He’s been cracking jokes, encouraging laughter, and trying to put football in perspective. He does not want Saturday’s playoff game to change the routine, so he is imploring the Colts to make this business as usual — even with the Chiefs coming to town for a wild-card game.

‘‘It’s no time to pressure up. It’s no time to get outside of anything you’ve done at this point,’’ Pagano said. ‘‘You come in, you meet, you have a walkthrough, you practice well, and then you play well. Don’t do anything different. Just understand what’s at stake: It is one and done. That doesn’t mean go play tight and those types of things and put any added pressure on yourself. You do that and you’re not going to play well.’’

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