That season ended with a loss to the New Orleans Saints at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Last season ended with a loss to the eventual NFL-champion Baltimore Ravens on the road in the wild-card round.
This year, Indianapolis hopes to rewrite the script.
“Our goal, just like every other team, is to hoist the Lombardi Trophy,” running back Donald Brown said. “That’s our goal. That’s our mindset. That’s why you play this game. Our work’s not done. There’s still a lot left to accomplish.”