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Indianapolis relying on more than 2 dozen playoff newcomers to pull upset in Baltimore

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    Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (12) throws while pressured by Houston Texans' Whitney Mercilus (59) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

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    Vontae Davis (23) anota con una intercepción por los Colts contra los Texans de Houston el domingo 30 de diciembre de 2012 en Indianápolis. Los Colts llegan decididos a la postemporada de la NFL sin el viejo de temor de haber perdido la primera semana de descanso. La ronda de los comodines comienza el sábado 5 de enero de 2013. (Foto AP/AJ Mast) (The Associated Press)

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    Indianapolis Colts' Vontae Davis (23) is chased by Houston Texans' James Casey (86) following an interception during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) (The Associated Press)

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    Houston Texans' Kareem Jackson (25) tackles Indianapolis Colts' T.Y. Hilton (13) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (The Associated Press)

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    Indianapolis Colts' T.Y. Hilton (13) reacts following a 70-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) (The Associated Press)

Andrew Luck has been reminded all week about the playoff perils for rookie quarterbacks.

He won't be the only Colts player experiencing the NFL's postseason tournament for the first time Sunday in Baltimore.

Indianapolis ha 28 players making playoff debuts, and they aren't just all the usual suspects, either. Luck and the most productive offensive rookies, in terms of yards gained receiving and rushing, account for some of it. The list of names who have never played in the playoffs includes fifth-year receiver Donnie Avery, fourth-year cornerback Vontae Davis and backup quarterback Drew Stanton, now in his sixth year and one of two Colts who played on Detroit's 0-16 team in 2008. The other is defensive end Cory Redding.

So Indy is relying on its veterans to lead the way.

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