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Jets to play different Colts team this time

Coming off the Colts' 20-3 AFC Divisional playoff win over Baltimore, Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney said the decision by coach Jim Caldwell to sacrifice a shot at a perfect season by pulling starters in the third quarter against the Jets and in the final three periods of their regular-season finale against Buffalo made a significant difference in terms of the Colts' health.
 
“We felt as good as we can possibly feel,” Freeney said. “No one's going to go out and feel like they've never taken a hit before preseason football. The biggest thing is, we felt no worse. That's the huge part about it that people don't understand.
 
“Sometimes, it's not about, 'OK, you're getting back to 100 percent.' You're just not getting any worse. We definitely executed and played well.”
 
In other words, the Colts should be as close to full speed as possible for their rematch with the Jets in Sunday's AFC championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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