The Colts–Patriots rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. It is considered one of the most famous rivalries in the NFL. The two teams have combined for seven Super Bowl victories (six by the Patriots) and ten AFC Championships (eight by the Patriots) since 2001, while both are noted for their organizational excellence.
The nature of this rivalry is somewhat ironic because while the Colts and Patriots were AFC East division rivals from 1970–2001 (dating prior to the Colts' move from Baltimore to Indianapolis), their intensified enmity wasn't prevalent until Indianapolis was moved into the newly formed AFC South following the 2001 season as part of the NFL's realignment. Following New England's 43–22 win in the 2013–14 playoffs the Patriots lead the series with nine wins (three in the playoffs) versus five wins (one playoff) for the Colts, and the Patriots hold a lead in points scored, 411–351.
The modern matchup spanning the period of 2001–2011 was usually headlined as a contest between quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who together won six NFL MVP awards in eight years (2003–10; four by Manning). In September 2001 Brady received his first start against the Colts after an injury to then-starter Drew Bledsoe, and proceeded to defeat the Colts in his first six games against them in the next years, including the 2003 AFC Championship Game and a 2004 AFC Divisional playoff game. The 2004 Divisional game was notable as the Patriots held a record breaking Colts offense to 3 points on snowy cold night in Foxborough. The Colts won the next three matches, notching two regular season victories and a win in the 2006 AFC Championship Game on the way to their win in Super Bowl XLI. Since then, the Patriots have won the six out of the next eight games from 2007–14. The quarterback angle of the rivalry changed in 2012 following Manning's release from the team, and with the surge to success of Colts rookie Andrew Luck. The rivalry gained momentum again in February 2018, when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who had agreed to become the head coach of the Colts, went back on his word and decided to stay on as a coordinator in New England.
|Patriots wins||Ties||Colts wins||Patriots points||Colts points|
|Postseason Meeting||Tie||Overtime Result|
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|1970||October 4||Baltimore Colts||14–6||Boston Patriots||Harvard Stadium||Earl Morrall||Mike Taliaferro|
|October 25||Baltimore Colts||27–3||Boston Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Johnny Unitas||Joe Kapp|
|1971||October 3||Baltimore Colts||23–3||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Earl Morrall||Jim Plunkett|
|December 19||New England Patriots||21–17||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Johnny Unitas||Jim Plunkett|
|1972||November 6||Baltimore Colts||24–17||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|November 26||Baltimore Colts||31–0||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|1973||October 7||New England Patriots||24–16||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Jim Plunkett|
|December 16||Baltimore Colts||18–13||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|1974||October 6||New England Patriots||42–3||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Jim Plunkett|
|November 24||New England Patriots||27–17||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|1975||October 19||New England Patriots||21–10||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Jim Plunkett|
|December 21||Baltimore Colts||34–21||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|1976||September 12||Baltimore Colts||27–13||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|November 14||New England Patriots||21–14||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|1977||October 23||New England Patriots||17–3||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|December 18||Baltimore Colts||30–24||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|1978||September 18||Baltimore Colts||34–27||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Bill Troup||Steve Grogan|
|November 26||New England Patriots||35–14||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Bill Troup||Steve Grogan|
|1979||October 28||Baltimore Colts||31–26||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|November 18||New England Patriots||50–21||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Greg Landry||Steve Grogan|
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|1980||October 19||New England Patriots||37–21||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|November 23||New England Patriots||47–21||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Matt Cavanaugh|
|1981||September 6||Baltimore Colts||29–28||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|December 20||Baltimore Colts||23–21||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Tom Owen|
|1982||September 12||New England Patriots||24–13||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Mike Pagel||Matt Cavanaugh|
|1983||September 4||Baltimore Colts||29–23 (OT)||New England Patriots||Sullivan Stadium||Mike Pagel||Steve Grogan|
|October 9||Baltimore Colts||12–7||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Mike Pagel||Steve Grogan|
|1984||November 18||New England Patriots||50–17||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Art Schlichter||Tony Eason|
|December 16||New England Patriots||16–10||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Art Schlichter||Tony Eason|
|1985||November 10||New England Patriots||34–15||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Mike Pagel||Steve Grogan|
|December 1||New England Patriots||38–31||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Mike Pagel||Tony Eason|
|1986||September 7||New England Patriots||33–3||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Gary Hogeboom||Tony Eason|
|November 9||New England Patriots||30–21||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jack Trudeau||Tony Eason|
|1987||October 25||Indianapolis Colts||30–16||New England Patriots||Hoosier Dome||Jack Trudeau||Tony Eason|
|November 22||New England Patriots||24–0||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Gary Hogeboom||Tom Ramsey|
|1988||October 2||New England Patriots||21–17||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Chris Chandler||Tom Ramsey|
|November 27||Indianapolis Colts||24–21||New England Patriots||Hoosier Dome||Chris Chandler||Doug Flutie|
|1989||October 29||New England Patriots||23–20 (OT)||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jack Trudeau||Steve Grogan|
|December 3||New England Patriots||22–16||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Jack Trudeau||Marc Wilson|
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|1990||September 16||New England Patriots||16–14||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Steve Grogan|
|November 11||Indianapolis Colts||13–10||New England Patriots||Foxboro Stadium||Jeff George||Marc Wilson|
|1991||September 1||New England Patriots||16–7||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Tommy Hodson|
|December 8||New England Patriots||23–17 (OT)||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jeff George||Hugh Millen|
|1992||November 15||New England Patriots||37–34 (OT)||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Scott Zolak|
|December 6||Indianapolis Colts||6–0||New England Patriots||Foxboro Stadium||Jack Trudeau||Hugh Millen|
|1993||October 31||Indianapolis Colts||9–6||New England Patriots||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Scott Secules|
|December 26||New England Patriots||38–0||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jeff George||Drew Bledsoe|
|1994||November 27||New England Patriots||12–10||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Don Majkowski||Drew Bledsoe|
|December 11||New England Patriots||28–13||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Don Majkowski||Drew Bledsoe|
|1995||November 19||Indianapolis Colts||24–10||New England Patriots||Foxboro Stadium||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|December 23||Indianapolis Colts||10–7||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|1996||October 20||New England Patriots||27–9||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|November 24||New England Patriots||27–13||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|1997||September 7||New England Patriots||31–6||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|November 30||New England Patriots||20–17||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|1998||September 13||New England Patriots||29–6||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|November 1||New England Patriots||21–16||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|1999||September 19||New England Patriots||31–28||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|December 12||Indianapolis Colts||20–15||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|2000||October 8||New England Patriots||24–16||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|October 22||Indianapolis Colts||30–23||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|2001||September 30||New England Patriots||44–13||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|October 21||New England Patriots||38–17||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2003||November 30||New England Patriots||38–34||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2004||January 18||New England Patriots||24–14||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2004||September 9||New England Patriots||27–24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2005||January 16||New England Patriots||20–3||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2005||November 7||Indianapolis Colts||40–21||New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2006||November 5||Indianapolis Colts||27–20||New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2007||January 21||Indianapolis Colts||38–34||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2007||November 4||New England Patriots||24–20||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2008||November 2||Indianapolis Colts||18–15||New England Patriots||Lucas Oil Stadium||Peyton Manning||Matt Cassel|
|2009||November 15||Indianapolis Colts||35–34||New England Patriots||Lucas Oil Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|2010||November 21||New England Patriots||31–28||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2011||December 4||New England Patriots||31–24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Dan Orlovsky||Tom Brady|
|2012||November 18||New England Patriots||59–24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2014||January 11||New England Patriots||43–22||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2014||November 16||New England Patriots||42–20||Indianapolis Colts||Lucas Oil Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2015||January 18||New England Patriots||45–7||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2015||October 18||New England Patriots||34–27||Indianapolis Colts||Lucas Oil Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2018||October 4||New England Patriots||38-24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
The 1967 football season for both the NFL and the American Football League opened with the agreement for the pending merger of the two leagues already in place. On August 13, 1967 the Boston Patriots hosted the Baltimore Colts at Harvard Stadium. The Colts won 33-3 as Tom Matte scored in the first quarter and the Colts got a safety when Jon Morris blew a snap and the ball flew out of the endzone.
The Patriots and Colts met for the first time in NFL regular-season play at Harvard Stadium in week three of the 1970 season. The Colts jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Patriots closed to a 7-6 fourth-quarter score on two Gino Cappelletti field goals. On following series, Johnny Unitas, who relieved starter Earl Morrall, finished off the Patriots with a 55-yard touchdown pass and a 14-6 Colts win.
Battling the Colts for the AFC East title, the Patriots traveled to Baltimore with a 6-3 record (including a 27-13 Colts victory in Foxborough in week one of the season). The Patriots picked off Bert Jones twice, leading to a 21-14 win. The win accelerated a six-game winning streak for the Patriots and their first playoff berth since 1963.
The Colts had been AFC East champs the previous three seasons, but were minus many of their best players due to trades and injuries, including Bert Jones and starting cornerbacks Nelson Munsey and Norm Thompson. They were 0-2 and 18-point underdogs when they traveled to Foxboro to play the Patriots on Monday Night Football. It was a sloppy game for three quarters, with New England leading 13-7 heading into the final period. As it started raining hard, Baltimore came to life behind running back Joe Washington, making his first start with the team after an off-season trade from San Diego. First he threw a 54-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option to Roger Carr. Later he caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bill Troup. After Troup and Carr connected for a 67-yard score, the Colts led 27-13 with eight minutes to play. The Patriots came back to score twice on runs by Steve Grogan and Sam Cunningham sandwiched around a successful onside kick to tie the game with 1:32 left. But Washington fielded the bouncing ensuing kickoff and darted 90 yards across the shimmering rain-soaked field for the touchdown to give Baltimore the stunning 34-27 win, causing Howard Cosell to exclaim, "What a football game this turned out to be!"
The Patriots lost to the Baltimore Colts 12-7 in Baltimore; it turned out to be the final meeting between the Patriots and the Baltimore Colts, as the team moved to Indianapolis for 1984. It was also New England's last game in Baltimore until the Baltimore Ravens debuted in 1996.
In their first meeting at Indianapolis, the Patriots made their first trip to the Hoosier Dome and defeated the Colts 50-17. The win was the second for new coach Raymond Berry, a former Colts receiver.
The 4-5 Colts hosted the 0-9 Patriots and the two teams lit up the Hoosier Dome scoreboard in an overtime thriller. The game lead tied or changed 10 times and the Patriots scored twice off Jeff George interceptions. Patriots kicker Charlie Baumann accounted for the Patriots' final nine points of a 37-34 overtime triumph that came amid illness to coach Dick McPherson.
Peyton Manning made his second career trip to Foxborough and led the Colts to a 28-7 halftime lead. The Patriots, behind Drew Bledsoe, scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth off Colt turnovers and the game-winning Adam Vinatieri field goal came in the final thirty seconds.
The Colts hosted the Patriots, holding a 10-2 record to New England's 7-5. The Colts earned a 20-15 win despite 344 passing yards from Drew Bledsoe. It was the first for Manning over New England after three straight losses and the first win over the Patriots for the Manning family (Peyton's dad Archie was 0-3 lifetime against the Patriots with the New Orleans Saints and Houston Oilers.)
Week three of the 2001 season, Tom Brady made his first NFL start when the 2-0 Colts came to Foxborough. The Colts were defeated 44-13 as Peyton Manning threw three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. On October 21, New England traveled to the RCA Dome and won 38-17, where Patriot David Patten became the first player since Walter Payton in 1979 to score touchdowns three separate ways: throwing a 60-yard pass to Troy Brown, a 91-yard reception from Brady, and a rushing score.
The first meeting since divisional realignment put the Colts into the now-second year AFC South, the two clubs sported 9-2 records, the latest into a season two teams with such records had met. The Patriots erupted to a 31-10 lead in the third quarter. Peyton Manning rallied the Colts back, throwing three touchdowns to tie the game, however the Patriots clawed back to a 38-34 lead. The Colts drove to the Patriots' 2-yard line in the final minute, only to be stopped on four downs.
Heading into the Monday Night fight between the Colts (7-0) and the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Patriots (4-3), QB Peyton Manning was winless against New England in Foxborough (0-7). The Colts beat the Patriots, 40-21. In the game's closing minutes, veteran QB Doug Flutie replaced Brady, and Colts president Bill Polian was heard in the press box yelling "break his leg!"
The Colts and Patriots met in their first AFC Championship game since 2004, a game in which New England won en route to their third Super Bowl Championship in 4 years. The Patriots and Colts were both wild card teams at the end of the 2006 season, the first time in the series history that they had met in the playoffs as wild cards. New England was coming off of wins over the Jets and Chargers, and finished the 2006 season with a 12-4 record. The Colts were also 12-4, but finished ahead of the Patriots by virtue of their head-to-head win over them during the regular season in Foxborough. The Colts were coming off wins over the Chiefs and Ravens. In this game, the Patriots ran out to a 21-3 lead in the 2nd quarter, but the Colts would pull off a fierce comeback to win 38-34, the largest comeback win in conference championship history at the time. With 1 minute remaining in the game, Joseph Addai rushed in for a touchdown from 3 yards out to give the Colts the lead. The game was sealed with an interception by Marlin Jackson with 14 seconds remaining, sending the Colts to the Super Bowl, which they won 29-17 over the Chicago Bears. The 15-point comeback by Indianapolis was the largest in conference championship history until it was broken 9 years later in the 2014 NFC Championship game, in which the Seahawks came back from 16 points down to beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime.
The 8-0 Patriots faced the 7-0 Colts in the RCA Dome, the latest in a season that two undefeated teams had ever faced off. The Patriots had scored over 34 points in every game but the Colts defense stifled the Patriots' attack and Indianapolis clawed to a 20-10 lead in the fourth. But a 58-yard Tom Brady bomb to Randy Moss was caught at the Colts' 3-yard line, leading to a Wes Welker touchdown catch. After stopping Manning and forcing a punt, a strong kick return by Welker set up a three-play touchdown drive highlighted by a 32-yard catch by Donté Stallworth and a Kevin Faulk touchdown catch. Manning was hit and threw the ball into the hands of Rosevelt Colvin on the next Colts drive and the Patriots ran out the remaining clock for the 24-20 win. This win was number 9 in the Patriots' 16-0 regular season.
The undefeated Indianapolis Colts again played the 6-2 New England Patriots in what was Tom Brady's first start at Lucas Oil Stadium. With 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, the Patriots had pulled away 34-21. Thanks to a leap in field position due to a pass interference call, Colts RB Joseph Addai scored a touchdown on a four-yard run with 2:23 left. Leading 34-28, but backed up on their own 28-yard-line and needing to reach the 30-yard-line for a first down, Patriots coach Bill Belichick elected to go for it on 4th and 2 instead of punting. Brady completed a pass to halfback Kevin Faulk, but Faulk appeared not to make a clean catch and was immediately driven backwards. Officials determined that Faulk had not secured possession of the ball until he was short of the first down marker, resulting in a turnover on downs, and giving Manning and the Colts the ball on the Patriots' own 29-yard line with two minutes remaining. After three plays, Manning completed a one-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne, making the score even at 34-34 with 13 seconds left. Kicker Matt Stover, filling in for Adam Vinatieri, made the extra point to make the score 35-34 and secured the victory for Indianapolis.
Belichick obliquely criticized the ball-spot on the play in his Monday morning press conference. Nevertheless, his decision was highly criticized by the media. Jarrett Bell of USA Today claimed the coach had "outsmarted himself," while Bill Simmons, ESPN.com writer and Patriots fan, asked "What the fuck was Belichick thinking" and compared the entire ordeal to "riding in the passenger seat of a friend's car and watching helplessly as he plows over a pedestrian".
The 6-3 Colts traveled to New England for the first time since 2006 and New England won its first home game against Indianapolis since a playoff game in 2005. Manning and his Colts were down by 17 in the 4th quarter and came back to reduce the New England lead to 31-28 with a few minutes left. Manning led the drive down the field, but a terrible play call would occur, as had happened in the previous year's matchup. With the Colts already in great field goal range (24-yard line of New England), Manning was intercepted by James Sanders with 32 seconds left; it was Manning's third pick of the game and the 31-28 New England win put the Patriots to 8-2 while the Colts fell to second in the AFC South with a 6-4 record. The game turned out to be the last game ever between the Patriots and Manning as a member of the Colts; he would miss the 2011 season due to neck surgery and was released; he then signed with the Denver Broncos and faced the Patriots in his first season there.
Because the division-rival Texans won the AFC South with the Patriots winning the AFC East, there was no regular season meeting in 2013 between both teams for the first time since 2002, the first year of the NFL's current division alignment. Both teams won division titles in 2013 and with a stunning comeback win over Kansas City combined with San Diego's playoff win over Cincinnati, the Colts met the Patriots in the AFC Divisional round on January 11, 2014. The Patriots and Colts played a tight game until the Patriots scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 43-22. LeGarrette Blount erupted to 166 rushing yards and four touchdowns while Tom Brady reached 6,000 postseason passing yards with 198. Andrew Luck threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted four times for the second consecutive game, twice by Alfonzo Dennard. The Patriots would go on to lose the AFC Championship Game 26-16 against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 following Indianapolis playoff wins over Cincinnati and Denver and New England's divisional round win over Baltimore. With the victory the Patriots moved on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX to win their fourth championship. New England's victory has been controversial, as the Patriots were alleged to have deliberately or negligently underinflated footballs used in the game, which has been dubbed "Deflategate". The controversy was addressed by Bill Belichick in a snap press conference a week before Super Bowl XLIX and took a bizarre turn when Adam Schefter reported a league employee was fired after this game for stealing footballs and illegally selling them.
The rivalry forms the basis of a Sprint telecommunications television ad for their service providing NFL updates to cell phones. In the ad, a cell phone opens up to form a miniature NFL stadium with the Patriots logo in one end zone and the Colts logo in the other (the only scenarios in which this type of field layout would occur are the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game and the NFL International Series). As two men watch, a winning field goal is kicked and fireworks erupt. The winner is not named but evidence suggests the Patriots, as the "game" call is by New England's radio play-by-play announcer Gil Santos.
The rivalry is also referenced in a MasterCard ad in which Peyton Manning is staying in hotels in New England as well as San Diego and Cleveland while misunderstanding taunting comments made to him by fans of the opposing teams, as well as taking their taunts literally (In New England: "Going down" to 4th floor of the hotel; Cleveland: "Don't choke on it" Planning on cutting the fruit into a fruit salad so he won't choke on it; San Diego: "Take a hike" Literally planning on taking a hike).
The rivalry is referenced in billboards for the United Way's "Live United" campaign, featuring the mascots of both teams together to promote the charity to which the two teams contribute.
The rivalry is also referenced in a 2010 spoof of the movie The Blind Side titled The Dark Side made for that year's ESPY awards; the piece mixes Sandra Bullock footage from the film with new footage of Manning. In the piece Bill Belichick is quoted as calling the "film" hilarious.
The 1954 Baltimore Colts season was the second season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1954 season with a record of 3 wins and 9 losses and finished sixth in the Western Conference.1955 Baltimore Colts season
The 1955 Baltimore Colts season was the third season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1955 season with a record of 5 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie and finished fourth in the Western Conference.1956 Baltimore Colts season
The 1956 Baltimore Colts season was the fourth season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1956 season with a record of 5 wins and 7 losses and subsequently finished fourth in the Western Conference.1957 Baltimore Colts season
The 1957 Baltimore Colts season was the fifth season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1957 season with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses and finished third in the Western Conference.
The 1957 season was the first in which the Colts wore their trademark "horseshoe" logo in the middle of their helmet. The team had experimented with placement of the logo on other parts of the helmet, but 1957 was the year in which they used the logo that the Colts franchise still uses.1960 Baltimore Colts season
The 1960 Baltimore Colts season was the eighth season for the team in the National Football League. The Colts ended the season with four consecutive losses for a record of 6 wins and 6 losses, and finished fourth in the Western Conference. As a result, their two-year reign as NFL champions came to an end.1961 Baltimore Colts season
The 1961 Baltimore Colts season was the ninth season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1961 season with a record of 8 wins and 6 losses and finished tied for third in the Western Conference with the Chicago Bears. There weren't any tiebreakers until 1967.1962 Baltimore Colts season
The 1962 Baltimore Colts season was the tenth season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1962 season with a record of 7 wins and 7 losses and finished fourth in the Western Conference.1963 Baltimore Colts season
The 1963 Baltimore Colts season was the 11th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1955 season with a record of 8 wins and 6 losses and finished third in the Western Conference.1967 Baltimore Colts season
The 1967 Baltimore Colts season was the 15th season for the team in the National Football League. They finished the regular season with a record of 11 wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties, the same record in the Western Conference's Coastal division with the Los Angeles Rams. However, the Colts lost the tiebreaker based on point differential in head-to-head games and thus did not make the playoffs.
The Colts' official winning percentage of .917 (based on the NFL's non-counting of ties for such purposes prior to 1972) is the best in North American professional sports history for a non-playoff-qualifying team.1969 Baltimore Colts season
The 1969 Baltimore Colts season was the 17th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1969 season with a record of 8 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie. They finished second in the Western Conference's Coastal division.
Coach Don Shula was let go after the season, a disappointing one many attributed to the hangover of losing to the heavy-underdog Jets in the Super Bowl the year before. It is one of the first instances of a Super Bowl hangover – in which the team that played in a Super Bowl the previous season, underperforms the next season.1971 Baltimore Colts season
The 1971 Baltimore Colts season was the 19th season for the team in the National Football League. The Colts appeared to be on the verge of winning the AFC East again after beating the Miami Dolphins 14-3 in the next-to-last game of the season. However, the Colts would drop the final game of the season to the New England Patriots, forcing them to settle for the Wild Card with a 10-4 record. They lost to the Dolphins in the AFC Championship game. The Baltimore defense gave up a total of 140 points for 14 regular season (10 PPG) & in their four defeats, they lost by 15 points total.1972 Baltimore Colts season
The 1972 Baltimore Colts season was the 20th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1972 season with a record of 5 wins and 9 losses, and finished third in the AFC East. Carroll Rosenbloom and Robert Irsay, who had recently taken over the Los Angeles Rams, traded ownership of the two franchises, with players and coaching staffs remaining intact. However, the Colts were getting older and started 1-4 before Coach Don McCafferty was fired. The Colts would go 4-5 in their final nine games under John Sandusky to finish with a 5-9 record, their first losing mark in 16 years.1974 Baltimore Colts season
The 1974 Baltimore Colts season was the 22nd season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League’s 1974 season with a record of 2 wins and 12 losses, and finished fifth in the AFC East.
Head coach Howard Schnellenberger was fired after three games, after an argument with owner Robert Irsay over whether Marty Domres or Bert Jones should start at quarterback for the Colts. General manager Joe Thomas took over the head coaching duties for the remainders of the season, but could direct the team to only two wins, both on the road, as the Colts failed to win a home game during the 1974 season. This would be the last time the Colts would fail to win a home game in a non-strike season until their abysmal 1–15 1991 season, when the team was based in Indianapolis.1980 Baltimore Colts season
The 1980 Baltimore Colts season was the 28th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Colts finished the NFL’s 1980 season with a record of 7 wins and 9 losses, and fourth position in the AFC East division.1989 Indianapolis Colts season
The 1989 Indianapolis Colts season was the 37th season for the team in the National Football League and sixth in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1989 season with a record of 8 wins and 8 losses, and finished tied for second in the AFC East division with the Miami Dolphins. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (7–5 vs. Dolphins' 6–8).1993 Indianapolis Colts season
The 1993 Indianapolis Colts season was the 41st season for the team in the National Football League and tenth in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1993 season with a record of 4 wins and 12 losses, and finished fifth in the AFC East division. The Colts would get off to a fast 2-1 start. However, after that, the Colts would go into a tailspin for the rest of the season, losing 11 of their final 13 games. The Colts offense was really abysmal during the season, as they would only score 189 points all season, the fewest in the league, and 3 of their 4 wins were by a 9 to 6 tally. Their only other win with not such a score was their 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns in week 4. For the first and only time in league history, all NFL teams played their 16-game schedule over a span of 18 weeks.1994 Indianapolis Colts season
The 1994 Indianapolis Colts season was the 42nd season for the team in the National Football League and 11th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1994 season with a record of 8 wins and 8 losses, and finished third in the AFC East division.1997 Indianapolis Colts season
The 1997 Indianapolis Colts season was the 45th season for the team in the National Football League and 14th in Indianapolis. The Colts finished the National Football League’s 1997 season with a record of 3 wins and 13 losses, and finished fifth in the AFC East division. The Colts would start horribly, losing their first ten games for their worst start since 1986. They became only the second team to start 0–10 since 1987 after the 1993 Bengals, before an upset home win over eventual NFC Champion Green Bay. That would turn out to be the only good highlight all season for the Colts, as the team fell to a league-worst 3–13 record, and earned the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, where they selected quarterback Peyton Manning and created a good, competitive team for the Colts during the 2000s where they would be one of the three better teams in the AFC behind the Patriots and Steelers and win one Super Bowl against Rex Grossman's Chicago Bears.1998 Indianapolis Colts season
The 1998 Indianapolis Colts season was the 46th season for the team in the National Football League and 15th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1998 season with a record of 3 wins and 13 losses, and finished fifth in the AFC East division.
Coming off a 3–13 season the year before, the Colts drafted quarterback Peyton Manning with the first overall pick. Manning would mark the beginning of a new era for the Colts, as he would lead them to their 2nd Super Bowl title 9 years later.
This season was Marshall Faulk's last with the Colts as he was traded to the St. Louis Rams in the off-season. He had his best seasons in St. Louis, helping the Rams to two Super Bowls in 1999 and 2001 and winning the league's MVP in 2000.
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