Bill Belichick vs. Chuck Pagano
Bill Belichick has a long history against the Colts, but the memorable games all had Peyton Manning as the Indianapolis quarterback and Tony Dungy or Jim Caldwell as coach. The Patriots went 6-0 in the first six matchups of the Brady-Belichick era, with the Colts’ first win coming in the 2005 regular season. The Colts won three straight from 2005-06, with the backbreaker coming in the 2006 AFC Championship game, as Manning led the Colts back from a 21-3 deficit to beat the Patriots and move on to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots are 10-4 against the Colts since 2001, including 2-1 in the playoffs. The Patriots won the last game the teams played, a 59-24 victory in Week 11 of the 2012 season.
Chuck Pagano was named coach of the Colts prior to the 2012 season. The Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs that year, but Pagano coached only four of those games, as he was diagnosed with leukemia in September and took a leave of absence. He returned to the sideline in Week 17 and led the Colts to an emotional victory over the division champion Houston Texans. The Colts fell in the first round of the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but Pagano coached the Colts back to the top in 2013, winning their first division title since 2010, when Manning was still quarterbacking the offense.