Revenge games up the intensity between two teams that have shared histories. Usually, one team wins a championship or controls a series for some time before the following matchup is considered a revenge game.
That’s certainly true for the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts, who will face off Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Yes, these teams already had history with all the Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady moments, but this chapter in the rivalry is about something completely different. It’s about Deflategate, and the Patriots exacting payback on the Colts for complaining to the NFL during last season’s AFC Championship Game.
In the spirit of this big game, let’s look at the best revenge games of the 21st century.
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Thumbnail photo via Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs the ball against Indianapolis Colts strong safety Mike Adams (29) during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports