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Indianapolis hoping to take advantage of 2nd chance at clinching playoff spot

  • Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is tackled by Houston Texans' Antonio Smith, center, while trying to throw as Whitney Mercilus (59) defends in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. Luck was called for intentional grounding on the play. The Texans won 29-17. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is tackled by Houston Texans' Antonio Smith, center, while trying to throw as Whitney Mercilus (59) defends in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. Luck was called for intentional grounding on the play. The Texans won 29-17. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapolis Colts coach Bruce Arians, left, talks with officials in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Indianapolis Colts coach Bruce Arians, left, talks with officials in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard (33) rushes for a gain as Houston Texans' Glover Quin (29) and Darryl Sharpton (51) pursue in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

    Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard (33) rushes for a gain as Houston Texans' Glover Quin (29) and Darryl Sharpton (51) pursue in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)  (The Associated Press)

The Indianapolis Colts don't want to let another chance to wrap up a playoff spot slip away.

Indy (9-5) can earn its first playoff berth of the post-Peyton Manning era with a win Sunday at Kansas City or a Steelers loss to Cincinnati. The Colts want to take care of business themselves after a sub-par performance at Houston.

The Colts are 8-3 since Bruce Arians took over as interim coach, including a 3-3 mark on the road — with the three wins coming over teams that have a combined total of 11 wins. Kansas City is just 2-12 this season.

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