Another early exit dims a bright season

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FOXBOROUGH — Mere moments after walking off the field, soaked in a cocktail of rain and sweat, Andrew Luck had no desire to talk about the future.

“Too soon,” he said.

But after putting together their second straight 11-win season only to again exit the playoffs early, the question for a young but talented Indianapolis Colts team is obvious: What’s the next step?

For the first time since 2010, they won the AFC South, and they reached the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009. They can sense how close they are.

“We’re close and we feel that we have some good things here,” said defensive end Cory Redding. “This team for this year is over. A lot of faces are going to be coming in and out and changing.

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