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Pagano follows emotional regular season finale with emotional playoff opener in Baltimore

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano responds to a question during a news conference after the Colts defeated the Houston Texans, 28-16, in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. He has been battling against a form of leukemia. This was his first game back after undergoing treatments. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (The Associated Press)

Chuck Pagano is heading back to familiar territory.

One day after a win over Houston in an emotional return to the sideline, the Colts coach began preparing for another big game — his return to Baltimore.

For Pagano, this is more than just his first playoff game as a head coach. It's a chance to go back to the city where he spent four seasons working extensively with the Ravens defense, the city that gave him a chance to call the defensive signals and eventually led to him getting the Indy job last January.

In all he spent four years on the Ravens staff, three as the secondary coach and last year as defensive coordinator.

That experience could give Andrew Luck & Co. valuable insight into what they'll be facing Sunday.

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