In their first season in Indianapolis, head coach Frank Reich, left, and offensive coordinator and Jamestown native Nick Sirianni have guided the Colts into the playoffs.,Father Fran, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, coached Southwestern High School from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s; brother Mike is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College where he has compiled one of the best winning percentages in the NCAA; and brother Jay coached Southwestern to a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2009.,Once the youngest Sirianni arrived at the University of Mount Union, he played for Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 11 national championships in his career.,Upon his graduation, Sirianni began his climb up the coaching ranks with stops at Mount Union, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Kansas Chiefs and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Reich’s staff in Indianapolis last February.,“One of the reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is because of the successful coaches I’ve been around, starting with growing up in a coach’s house, learning how to coach with my brothers, and then, obviously, playing for the most successful coach in NCAA football history in Larry Kehres,” he told The Post-Journal last October.

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The Saints clinched homefield advantage throughout the conference championship game with a wild 31-28 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and that could ultimately be the determining factor in which team represents the NFC in the Super Bowl.,Things are even more volatile in the AFC where four teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots and Texans — have punched their playoff tickets, but no seeds have been clinched.,Four teams — the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Steelers — are fighting for the final two playoff spots.,The Colts and Titans will play the final game of the regular season Sunday night with the winner earning a playoff berth.,Considering both Indy head coach Frank Reich and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel have lost games this season when they gambled instead of accepting likely ties, I don’t like Pittsburgh’s chances.