Mike Chappel reminds us that the Colts have faced a franchise-changing final game before. In 1997 Kelly Holcomb was subbing for the injured Jim Harbaugh as the Colts faced the Cardinals for the season finale. A loss sealed the Colts grasp on the #1 overall pick in the 1998 draft. The rest is history:
"Whenever I get a chance to talk with young kids, I always tell them, 'No game is insignificant. You'd better play 'em all and you'd better play 'em to win,' '' said Holcomb, a third-string quarterback in '97 whose error-filled play off the bench for injured Jim Harbaugh helped seal the loss to the Vikings. "You just never know what's going to happen.''