Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts: Tale of the tape

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Oct 25, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) runs with the ball against the New Orleans Saints at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

We are moving closer to the business end of the regular season, and each game rises in importance. For the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts, the result in this game could have major playoff implications down the stretch.

As this is an inter-conference game, it doesn’t hold as much weight as playing an opponent inside your own conference or division, but wins have been hard to come by for both teams and one here could make all the difference at the start of January.

Atlanta is realistically fighting for a wild-card berth after the division-leading Panthers extended their grip to three games last week while the Falcons were on bye. For the Colts, the hopes of a wild-card spot are fading, and they are all in for winning the struggling AFC South. How do the two teams stack up ahead of this one?

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