1947 (2/10) Cecil Isbell named head coach. (9/7) Colts won inaugural AAFC game, defeating Brooklyn Dodgers, 16-7, before 27,418 fans at Baltimore Stadium. (9/28) New York Yankees defeated Colts, 21-7, before a then-record Baltimore crowd of 51,583. Colts placed fourth in Eastern Division with 2-11-1 record, while drawing 199,661 fans.
1948 (Spring) Colts reorganized with more than 200 stockholders. Jake Embry named president and Walt Driskill named general manager. (12/12) Buffalo Bills defeated Colts in playoff game for Eastern Division title in Baltimore, 28-17, in a game marked by a near-riot. Colts finished 7-8 under Cecil Isbell. G-Dick Barwegan named all-league. Attendance totaled 244,502.
1949 (Spring) Walt Driskill succeeded Embry as president, while continuing as general manager. (Fall) Cecil Isbell fired after first four games and Driskill named head coach. Team finished seventh in the Eastern Division with 1-11 record. G-Dick Barwegan was named all-league again. (12/9) The National Football League and the AAFC reached a "peace" agreement and the Colts were assigned to the NFL for the 1950 season. (12/18) Abraham Watner named president.
1950 (Spring) Clem Crowe named head coach. (11/5) Down 21-10 in fourth quarter, DBs-Jim Owens, Frank Spaniel and Herb Rich returned interceptions for scores as Colts topped Green Bay, 41-21, for only win. Jim Spavital also scored on a 96t rush. (12/10) Rich ended season 12-22.0 avg. for punt returns, the highest seasonal average in NFL history. Colts concluded 1-11 season with 15-14 loss to Yanks at Yankee Stadium. Yanks later became the Baltimore Colts. Colts finished as 13th team to complete a season without making a field goal (0-4). The Dallas Texans (1952) became the last team to do it.
1951 (1/18) Watner withdrew franchise and was paid $50,000 for players by NFL. 1952 (12/3) Commissioner Bert Bell, addressing the Advertising Club, issued a challenge to Colts fans to sell 15,000 season tickets in six weeks to re-enter NFL. (12/8) The ticket drive officially began and the quota was reached in four weeks, three days.
1953 (1/11) Carroll Rosenbloom, with 52 percent control, headed an ownership group that included William F. Hilgenberg, Zanvyl Krieger, Thomas Mullan, Sr., and R. Bruce Livie. (1/23) The Dallas Texans franchise moved to Baltimore. Don Kellett named president/general manager. Keith Molesworth named head coach. (3/25) Baltimore and Cleveland collaborated on one of the biggest deals in sports history, a trade that involved 15 players. Baltimore acquired 10 players from Cleveland in exchange for five Colts. The Colts obtained QB-Harry Agganis, T-Dick Batten, E-Gern Nagler, HB- Bert Rechichar, G-Ed Sharkey, T-Stu Sheetz, HB-Don Shula, E-Art Spinney, HB-Carl Taseff and G-Elmer Willhoite for LB-Tom Catlin, T-Don Colo, G-Hershel Forrester, T- Mike McCormack and HB-John Pettibon. (9/27) Colts upset Chicago, 13-9, in NFL opener at Memorial Stadium. K-Bert Rechichar's 56-yard field goal surpassed Detroit's K-Glenn Presnell (54, at GB 10/7/34) as the longest in NFL history. It would stand as the NFL's longest until a 63-yarder by Tom Dempsey (New Orleans) on 11/8/70. (11/22) Rams RB-Dan Towler rushed 14-205, 1 TD against Colts, a record number of yards gained by a back against the Colts until RB-Barry Sanders (216) in 1997.
1954 (Spring) Weeb Ewbank named head coach. (9/26) Colts dropped 48-0 decision to Los Angeles and ordered plastic facemasks for helmets for first time.
1955 (10/1) Alan Ameche rushed 21-153 against Detroit to become the first NFL rookie to gain 100+ yards in first two career games. Ameche had 194-yard rushing debut 9/25/55 vs. Chicago, including a 79t rush on his first career attempt. (10/16) Colts dropped 38-10 decision at Chicago. Bears RB-Rick Casares had 81t rush, the longest ever allowed by the Colts. (12/11) Ameche ended season 213-961, 9 TDs to win the NFL rushing title.
1956 (10/14) DB-Carl Taseff had 90t punt return against Green Bay (at Milw.), the longest in Colts history. (10/21) QBJohn Unitas (9-19-131, 1 TD/int.) made debut in 58-27 loss at Chicago. Taseff had 96t return of a missed field goal, the longest in Colts history. (10/28) Playing in fifth career game, RB-Lenny Moore rushed 13-185, 2 TDs rushing, including 72- and 79-yard scoring bursts. (11/11) Moore produced 70t rush at Cleveland in 21-7 win, totaling 11- 120 for the game and three 70t+ rushes in two games. (12/23) Colts topped Washington, 19-17, as Moore ended season with 7.5 rushing average, the best in Colts history.
1957 (2/4) Carroll Rosenbloom named president. (9/29) Horseshoes placed on the side of Colts helmets for first time. (11/10) WR-Raymond Berry was 12-224, 2 TDs to set club receiving yardage record, while performance stands as one of only three 200+ games in Colts history (210, WR-Roger Carr at NYJ 10/24/76; WR-Reggie Langhorne at Wash. 11/7/93). (12/8) Colts dropped 17-13 contest in final minute at San Francisco after entering day at 7-3 and one game ahead of 49ers and Detroit in Western Conference. Colts dropped finale at Los Angeles one week later, 37-21, to finish third in conference.
1958 (10/26) Rookie DB-Lenny Lyles had 101t KOR vs. Washington to become first player ever with two 100t+ KOR in same season (other was 103t vs. Chicago 10/4). (11/2) Colts recorded first shutout, 56-0 over Green Bay, marking their sixth straight win and setting the club record for largest margin of victory. (11/16) Colts defeated Chicago, 17- 0, marking the first time the Bears were blanked in 149 games. (11/30) Colts clinched first Western Division title, 35-27, over San Francisco before second straight record crowd of 57,577. QB-John Unitas tossed a scoring pass in a 23rd straight game to set a new NFL record (QB-Cecil Isbell, 22 games, Green Bay 1941- 42). (12/28) Colts defeated the New York Giants, 23-17, at Yankee Stadium in "sudden death" game for World Championship. Weeb Ewbank and 12 players from "The Greatest Game Ever Played" eventually became NFL Hall of Famers.
1959 (12/12) Colts scored 21 fourth-quarter points to rally from 10-point deficit to defeat Los Angeles, 45-26, for their second Western Division title. DB-Milt Davis and LB-Don Shinnick finished season tied for NFL interception lead (7), the first time in NFL history teammates tied for league lead with that honor. Unitas finished the season as only NFL player ever to toss 30+ TD passes (32) in a 12-game season. (12/27) Colts scored 24 fourth-quarter points to repeat as World Champions, 31-16 over New York Giants. Colts later tabbed for Pro Football Hall of Fame Team of the 1950s: WR-Raymond Berry, DT-Art Donovan, DE-Gino Marchetti, RB-Lenny Moore, OG/T-Jim Parker.
1960 (12/11) QB-John Unitas failed to throw a touchdown pass in 10-3 loss at Los Angeles, snapping an NFL record streak of 47 consecutive games with a scoring toss (G10-1956 through G10-1960). The mark stands today as one of the most enduring standards in sports. (12/18) Unitas finished season as only NFL player ever to toss for 3,000+ yards (3,099) in a 12-game season. Unitas finished season as NFL leader in scoring passes for a league record fourth straight time, while he was later joined by QB-Len Dawson (Dallas/KC) as the only players to lead NFL in scoring passes four times. WR-Raymond Berry set club seasonal record with 1,298 receiving yards. Colts finished as only team to have 3000+ passer and 1000+ receiver in a 12-game schedule.
1961 (11/26) Colts topped Washington, 27-6. Colts DB-Gary Glick and Redskins DB-Jim Kerr each had three interceptions. (12/16) QB-John Unitas (420) tied an NFL record with his fourth season of most pass attempts (Sammy Baugh, Washington). The mark was later tied by George Blanda (Chicago, Houston) and Dan Marino (Miami). Unitas topped NFL attempts from 1959-61 to set league record (later tied by Blanda and Drew Bledsoe, New England) for consecutive seasons as attempts leader. K-Steve Myhra led the NFL with 21 field goals. Colts defense led NFL in fewest yards allowed (3,782) and fewest passing yards allowed (1,913).
1962 (10/14) Colts posted 36-14 win at Cleveland, holding RB-Jim Brown to 14-11 rushing. (12/8) E-R.C. Owens, who joined Colts during season after being first player ever to play out option and jump teams (from SF) without compensation, became the first player believed to block a field goal at his own crossbar. Owens blocked a 40-yard attempt by Washington's Bob Khayat in 34-21 Colts win. (December) Jim Parker became one of few players voted all-pro at two positions (G/T) in same season (also T/LB- George Connor, Chicago and G/T-Forrest Gregg, Green Bay).
1963 (1/8) Don Shula named head coach. DE-Gino Marchetti and LB-Bill Pellington later named first player-coaches. (12/15) QB-John Unitas concluded season with eight team records and an NFL-record 237 completions, besting 235 by QB-Sonny Jurgensen (Philadelphia, 1961). K-Jim Martin topped NFL with 24 field goals and Colts yielded NFLfewest 3,296 passing yards.
1964 (1/20) Carroll Rosenbloom purchased all remaining stock to gain full Colts ownership. (10/12) Colts topped St. Louis in game moved to Baltimore due to World Series. RB-Tom Matte had 80t rush, the longest in Colts history. (11/22) Colts defeated Los Angeles, 24-7, for club-record 10th straight win and a third Western Conference title. (12/13) WR-Raymond Berry finished season with 506 career receptions, taking the NFL alltime lead from Billy Howton (503). RB-Lenny Moore's 20 touchdowns eclipsed the prior NFL seasonal record of 19 (Jim Taylor, Green Bay, 1962). (12/27) Colts dropped NFL title game at Cleveland, 27-0. Don Shula was consensus NFL Coach of the Year and QBJohn Unitas was consensus NFL MVP. DE-Gino Marchetti made 10th Pro Bowl and was tabbed consecutively for game from 1954-64 (missed 1958 with injury).
1965 (9/26) RB-Lenny Moore failed to score a touchdown vs. Green Bay at Milw., ending streak of 18 straight games with a touchdown, an NFL record that still stands (G7-9, 1963; G1-14, 1964; G-1, 1965). Moore had rushing touchdowns in eleven straight games (G8-9, 1963; G1-9, 1964) during the streak to set an NFL record (since broken). (11/14) QB-Gary Cuozzo was 16-26-208, 5 TDs in 41-21 win at Minnesota, setting club record for single-game scoring passes (later tied by QB-Gary Hogeboom in replacement game at Buffalo 10/4/87). (12/26) Playing RB-Tom Matte under center for injured QBs-John Unitas and Cuozzo, Colts dropped "sudden death" Western Conference title tilt at Green Bay, 13-10. A controversial field goal sent the game into overtime.
1966 (6/8) NFL and American Football League announced merger for 1970 season. (9/18) QB-John Unitas was 14-22- 241, 4 TDs passing as Colts topped Minnesota, 38-23. Unitas (213) passed QB-Y.A. Tittle (212) for most touchdown passes in NFL history, a record he held until his retirement (since broken). (9/25) K-Lou Michaels set club record with 18 kick-scoring points in 36-14 win versus San Francisco, including club-record (later tied) five field goals. (10/16) Colts bested Detroit, 45-14, but Lions tallied on 99t pass from Karl Sweetan to Pat Studstill, the longest completion allowed in Colts history. (10/30) Unitas was 13-22-252 yards passing at Los Angeles in 17-3 win to become the NFL's alltime leader in passing yardage with 28,375 yards, besting Y.A. Tittle's 28,339. (11/13) Colts bested Atlanta, 19-7, to push record to 7-2. Unitas hurt shoulder during game and club finished 9-5 for second-place in Western Conference. Rookie P-David Lee (49-45.6) won NFL punting title.
1967 (1/23) Don Kellett retired and Joe Campanella named general manager. (2/15) Joe Campanella passed away. (3/17) Publicity Director Harry Hulmes named general manager. (9/17) QB-John Unitas was 23-32-401, 2 TDs/1 int. in 38-31 win vs. Atlanta, the first 400+ passing game in Colts history. (11/5) Colts scored two late touchdowns to top world champion Packers, 13-10. (11/12) Unitas was 17-20-370, 4 TDs in 49-7 win at Atlanta. His 85.0 completion pct. ranks as best in Colts history. (12/3) Unitas and WR-Raymond Berry teamed on a 5t pass play vs. Dallas in 23-17 win to mark their 63rd career touchdown connection, an NFL record that stood until the 1980s. (12/17) Possessing 11-0-2 record, Colts dropped finale at Los Angeles, 34-10, to miss the playoffs. RB-Lenny Moore ended career with 11,213 yards from scrimmage (5,174 rush/6,039 receiving), 12,449 total yards (5,174 rush/6,039 receiving/1,180 KOR/56 PR), both Colts records. Moore's 113 touchdowns and 678 points (since passed) marked Colts records. Moore had a club-record six 1000+ yards/scrimmage seasons and 49 career 100+ yards/scrimmage games. Berry (631) ended career as NFL's alltime leading receiver (since passed). Berry had only two fumbles in career marked by him popularizing the use of sunglasses and wristbands, while playing with one leg shorter than the other. Unitas was tabbed for 10th Pro Bowl, tying DE-Gino Marchetti for most in Colts history.
1968 (8/3) Art Donovan became the first Colt inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/29) Colts blasted Pittsburgh, 41-7, as DB-Bobby Boyd (25t), DB-Charlie Stukes (60t) and DE-Roy Hilton (13t) returned interceptions for scores, the second time in team history to accomplish the feat (also 11/5/50 vs. Green Bay). (11/10) Colts topped Detroit, 27- 10, as QB-Earl Morrall, starting for injured QB-John Unitas, produced wins over four clubs he had played for (Pittsburgh, San Francisco, NY Giants, Detroit). (12/7) Colts topped world champion Green Bay, 16-3, and earned Coastal Division crown a day later with Los Angeles loss. Colts defense held champion Packers out of end zone to produce a four-game streak of not allowing a touchdown, the first time any NFL team had done that defensively since 1937 (NY Giants). (12/15) Colts posted 28-24 win at Los Angeles to cap 13-1 season, holding 10 opponents to 10 points or less, five without a touchdown and three scoreless. Colts defense surrendered NFL-fewest 144 points. RB-Preston Pearson (15-35.1, 1 TD) topped NFL in KOR. (12/22) Colts defeated Minnesota, 24-14, for Western Conference title. (12/29) Colts blanked Cleveland, 34-0, for NFL Championship and first title since 1958 and 1959. Colts set club mark and an NFL-record (since broken) with 15 wins in a season.
1969 (1/12) Colts dropped Super Bowl III to New York Jets, 16-7, at Orange Bowl. (5/17) Colts, Pittsburgh and Cleveland joined AFL teams to form American Football Conference as the NFL realigned for the 1970 season. (August) Colts named to Pro Football Hall of Fame's NFL 50th Anniversary Team: First-Team - TE-John Mackey, DE-Gino Marchetti, QBJohn Unitas; Second-Team - WR-Raymond Berry, DT-Art Donovan; Third-Team - RB-Lenny Moore. (12/21) Colts defeated Los Angeles, 13-7, to finish with 8-5-1 mark and second-place Coastal Division spot in final game prior to NFL Merger. P-David Lee (57-45.3) won NFL punting title. Colts later tabbed for Pro Football Hall of Fame Team of the 1960s: DB-Bobby Boyd, TE-John Mackey, QB-John Unitas.
1970 (1/6) Don Klosterman named general manager. (4/3) Don McCafferty named head coach. Don Shula left Colts for Miami as head coach and Colts received D1-71 draft choice (used on RB-Don McCauley). (9/20) Colts topped San Diego, 16-14, in first game as member of AFC, while snapping WR-Lance Alworth's NFL-record streak of receptions in 96 consecutive games. (12/13) Colts clinched Eastern Division title with 20-14 win at Buffalo. (12/26) Colts topped Cincinnati, 17-0, in Divisional Playoffs.
1971 (1/3) Colts captured the AFC Championship by topping Oakland, 27-17. (1/17) Colts won the first AFC-NFC Super Bowl, 16-13 over Dallas in the Orange Bowl on K- Jim O'Brien's 32-yard field goal with :05 remaining. Don McCafferty became the first rookie head coach to win a Super Bowl (later matched by San Francisco's George Seifert in Super Bowl XXXIV). (3/18) Steve Rosenbloom named president. Carroll Rosenbloom named chairman of the board. (9/19) RB-Norm Bulaich rushed 22-198 to set the club record for single-game rushing yards in 22-0 win over the New York Jets. (10/17) Colts topped New York Giants, 31-7. P-David Lee uncorked 76-yard punt, the longest in Colts history. (12/11) Colts (9-3) topped Miami (9-2-1), 14-3, to take division lead with one game left, but dropped finale to New England, 21-17, one week later for second-place in AFC East. (12/26) Colts topped Cleveland, 20-3, in AFC Playoffs.
1972 (1/2) Colts dropped disappointing AFC Championship Game, 21-0 at Miami. (7/26) Robert Irsay acquired Colts from Carroll Rosenbloom in exchange for Los Angeles Rams. Joe Thomas named vice president and general manager. (7/29) DE-Gino Marchetti inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/24) Colts dropped 44-24 decision to New York Jets as QBs-Joe Namath (15-28-496, 6 TDs/1 int.) and John Unitas (26-45-376, 2 TDs) combined for 872 yards passing and eight touchdowns. Four players had 100+ receiving games (Jets: TE-Rich Caster 6-204, 3 TDs; WR-Eddie Bell 7-197, 1 TD; Colts: TE-Tom Mitchell 8-114; WR-Sam Havrilak 4-115, 1 TD), while Jets RB-John Riggins was 21-87 rushing and 1-67t receiving for 154 yards/scrimmage. Colts RB-Don McCauley had 93t KOR as game had total of six 40+-yard touchdown plays. (10/16) John Sandusky succeeded Don McCafferty as head coach for last nine games. (12/16) KOR-Bruce Laird (29-29.1) topped NFL in KOR.
1973 (1/22) QB-John Unitas went to San Diego after concluding Colts career as NFL's alltime leader in passing yardage. (2/14) Howard Schnellenberger named head coach. (7/28) WR-Raymond Berry and G/T-Jim Parker inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/23) Colts QBs-Bert Jones and Marty Domres each tossed four interceptions as clubrecord eight interceptions spelled 34-10 defeat to New York Jets.
1974 (9/29) Joe Thomas succeeded Howard Schnellenberger as head coach for final eleven games. (10/20) RB-Lydell Mitchell set NFL record (since broken) with 40 rushes (156 yards) in 35-20 win at New York Jets. (12/15) QB-Bert Jones set NFL record (since broken) with 17 consecutive completions in 45-38 loss to Jets. Mitchell was 13-82, 2 TDs receiving to set then club single-game record for receptions. Mitchell's 72 receptions topped NFL and set league's seasonal record (since broken) by a running back.
1975 (1/15) Ted Marchibroda named head coach. (8/2) Lenny Moore inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/21) Colts defeated Chicago, 35-7, holding rookie RB- Walter Payton to 8-0 rushing. (11/9) Colts rallied from 28-7 secondquarter deficit for 42-35 win, the largest comeback (later tied twice in 1995) win in club history. (12/7) Mitchell rushed for 119 yards in 21-0 win at New York Giants to become first Colt with 1000+ rushing season. (12/14) Colts (8-4) defeated Miami (9-3) at 12:44 of overtime, 10-7. K-Toni Linhart's 31-yard field goal provided the win and the advantage in the divisional race. (12/21) Colts completed then the greatest turnaround season in NFL history (8 wins, from 2-12 to 10-4) with 34-21 win over New England. The team's ninth straight win earned the AFC East title. (12/27) Colts dropped AFC Playoff game at Pittsburgh, 28-10.
1976 (12/12) Colts wrapped up 7-1 division mark, along with 11-3 record and AFC East title with 58-20 win over Buffalo. QB-Bert Jones (207-343-3,104, 24 TDs/9 ints., 102.5 rating), RB-Lydell Mitchell (289-1,200, 5 TDs rushing) and WRRoger Carr (43- 1,112, 11 TDs) formed the first NFL trio of 3000-1000-1000 performers in a 14-game season, while K-Toni Linhart totaled 109 points. Carr topped NFL in receiving yards. Linhart topped NFL in scoring, while Colts also led league in points (417), passing yards (2,933) and total yards (5,236). (12/19) Colts dropped 40-14 home playoff match to defending champion Pittsburgh. Minutes later, a private plane crash-landed in the stadium's stands.
1977 (1/25) Dick Szymanski named general manager. Ernie Accorsi named assistant general manager. (11/20) RB-Lydell Mitchell broke RB-Lenny Moore's career rushing record of 5,174 yards as club topped New York Jets, 33-12. (12/18) Rallying with 27 second- half points, the Colts defeated New England, 30-24, to earn third straight AFC East crown. The winning drive ended with 2:44 left and traveled 99 yards, then the longest in Colts history. Three titles won by Ted Marchibroda marked the most ever by a Colts head coach. Mitchell ended career as club's alltime leading rusher (5,487), while 8,010 career yards/scrimmage ranked third. Mitchell had five 1000+ yards/scrimmage seasons (1972-77), tied with RBs-Lenny Moore and Marshall Faulk for best in club history. Mitchell's 43 career 100+ yards/scrimmage games ranked second to Moore's 49, while Mitchell's 16 consecutive such outings (G8-1975 through G9-1976) set club record. (12/24) Colts dropped double-OT thriller to Oakland, 37-31. The Raiders tied the contest in the waning seconds of regulation before winning at 15:43 of overtime, the longest game in Colts history, and the NFL's third-longest post-season game (75:43).
1978 (7/29) Weeb Ewbank inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/4) Colts dropped opener at Dallas, 38-0. RBTony Dorsett (15-147 rushing/3-107, 1 TD receiving, 92t) recorded the only 100+/100+ game against the Colts. (9/18) Colts topped New England, 34-27, on MNF. RB-Joe Washington tossed 54t pass to WR-Roger Carr and tallied on 23t pass from QB-Bill Troup, then decided contest with 90t KOR with 1:18 left for winning points. The teams combined to produce 41 fourth-quarter points. (10/29) Colts dropped 26-8 decision at Miami. Both clubs produced safeties, the only game in Colts history to own that distinction.
1979 (7/28) QB-John Unitas inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/2) KR-Nesby Glasgow (9 PR/3 KOR) tied an NFL record (since broken) with 12 combined returns in 14-0 loss at Kansas City. (Glasgow would set club seasonal record in 1979 with 94 combined returns.) (12/2) WR-Glenn Doughty's 14t snare from QB-Greg Landry marked Doughty as the only Colt with scoring receptions from seven different players (QB-Marty Domres, QB-Bert Jones, QBMike Kirkland, Landry, RB-Don McCauley, WR-Cotton Speyrer, QB-Bill Troup). (12/16) RB-Joe Washington led NFL and set club record with 82 receptions. Colts later tabbed for Pro Football Hall of Fame Team of the 1970s: LB-Ted Hendricks.
1980 (1/16) Mike McCormack named head coach. (10/26) QB-Bert Jones was sacked 12 times in 17-10 loss to St. Louis, a record for one player being sacked (later tied by Houston's QB-Warren Moon vs. Dallas 9/29/85). (11/30) Colts topped AFC East-leading Buffalo, 28-24, to produce seasonal sweep of eventual 11-5 division champs. (12/7) The club's playoff hopes were dashed after 27-point fourth quarter comeback. Down 31-6 after three quarters, the Colts took 33-31 lead with 1:51 left, but surrendered 21-yard field goal to Cincinnati with 0:12 remaining in 34-33 defeat.
1981 (9/1) RB-Randy McMillan was 16-146, 2 TDs rushing in rookie debut as club topped New England, 29-28, joining RB-Alan Ameche (21-194, 1 TD vs. Chicago 9/25/55) as only club rookies with 100+ debuts (later tied by RBs- Marshall Faulk, 23-143, 3 TDs vs. Houston 9/4/94 and Edgerrin James, 26-112, 1TD vs. Buffalo 9/12/99). (9/27) Colts battled back from 14-0, 21-14 and 28-21 deficits, but fell to Miami, 31-28, on 27-yard field goal with 1:02 left. (12/20) QB-Bert Jones' three scoring passes and four turnovers produced by the Colts defense helped end a 14-game losing streak as club topped New England, 23-21. (12/21) Frank Kush named head coach.
1982 (5/16) Ernie Accorsi named general manager. (9/20) After two weeks of regular season play, the NFL Players Association called a players' strike at 12:00 midnight (ET). It was the first in-season work stoppage in league history. The regular season returned on Sunday and Monday, November 20-21. Eight weekends of the 16-week regular season were not played as scheduled. A ninth weekend of 14 games was rescheduled and played on Sunday and Monday, January 2-3, 1983. A total of 98 games were erased by the strike.
1983 (4/26) Colts selected Stanford QB-John Elway with the first pick in the NFL Draft. (5/2) Colts traded Elway to Denver for D1-84 choice, OT-Chris Hinton and QB-Mark Herrmann. (10/30) Colts defeated Philadelphia, 22-21, as K-Raul Allegre tied a club record (5, Lou Michaels, 9/25/66; Dean Biasucci, 9/25/88) with five field goals. (12/18) Colts completed season with 20-10 victory over Houston for 7-9 record, the biggest one-season turnaround in NFL history for a team that was winless the prior season. LB-Vernon Maxwell had 2-11 sacks to notch NFL rookie record (since broken) with eleven sacks in a season. TE-Pat Beach's 12t snare from QB-Mike Pagel with 1:56 left was final Colts score in Memorial Stadium. Allegre finished 30-35 field goals, including 14- 17 from 40+ range. RB-Curtis Dickey (254- 1,122, 4 TDs), with 2 100+ games, produced the fourth 1000+ rushing season in Colts history (3, RB-Lydell Mitchell, 1975-77). P-Rohn Stark (91-45.3) won NFL punting title.
1984 (3/28) Colts in Indianapolis. (4/18) Season tickets offered for sale and overwhelming response yielded 143,000 requests in two weeks. (4/26) Jim Irsay named general manager. Bob Terpening named assistant general manager. (12/13) Hal Hunter succeeded Frank Kush as head coach for final game. Colts tabbed for Pro Football Hall of Fame 1960-84 NFL All-Star Team: First-Team - WR-Raymond Berry, DE-Gino Marchetti, OG/T-Jim Parker, QB-John Unitas, HCDon Shula (tie); Second-Team - LB-Ted Hendricks, TE-John Mackey.
1985 (1/28) Rod Dowhower named head coach. (8/23) Colts moved into new training complex. (10/6) RBs-Randy McMillan (20-112, 2 TDs) and Albert Bentley (17-100) topped 100+ rushing yards in 49-17 win over Buffalo, only the third duo 100+ rushing performance in club history (11/11/56, 21-7 W at Cleveland: RBs-Lenny Moore 11-120, 1 TD/Alan Ameche 18-108, 1 TD; 9/30/73, 14-10 W vs. New Orleans: RBs-Lydell Mitchell 22- 133/Don McCauley 20- 109). (12/22) Colts ended the season with a 5.0 rushing average, the first team in a decade to have a 5.0+ ground average. P-Rohn Stark (78-45.9) set club seasonal record for average, while winning his second NFL punting title.
1986 (4/19) More than 10,000 fans visited Colts Complex during open house. (9/14) QB- Gary Hogeboom suffered separated right shoulder and returned only for final three games. QB-Jack Trudeau (204-417-2225 passing) started eleven games and established club rookie records for completions, attempts and yards. (12/1) Ron Meyer named head coach with three games left in season. (12/7) DB-Tate Randle blocked a punt and DB-Eugene Daniel returned it 13 yards for the deciding points with :20 left as Colts (0-13) topped Atlanta, 28-23. (12/21) RB-Albert Bentley rushed 25-162, 1 TD (with 70t) as Colts topped LA Raiders, 30-24. Ron Meyer became the first Colts head coach to win his first three games. WR-Bill Brooks was 65-1,131, 8 TDs receiving to produce only the ninth 1000+ rookie season in NFL history. His yardage total ranked third-most (1,473, WR- Bill Groman, Houston, 1960; 1,231, WR-Bill Howton, Green Bay, 1952). P-Rohn Stark (76- 45.2) won his third NFL punting title, one behind NFL record held by Ps-Sammy Baugh (Washington) and Jerrel Wilson (Kansas City). Stark ended season with 318 career punts for 45.16 average, the best average in NFL history (ahead of Baugh's 45.1). Stark would relinquish alltime lead in 1987.
1987 (9/22) As in 1982, two weeks into the regular season the NFL Players Association called a players strike. The strike lasted 24 days, from 9/22 to 10/15. The 14 NFL games scheduled for the weekend of 9/27-28 were canceled because of the strike. The League schedule resumed October 4-5 with replacement teams. Replacement teams played for three weekends (10/4-5; 10/11-12; 10/18-19) before regular players resumed play on weekend of 10/25-26. Colts replacement team record was 2-1. (10/31) Colts obtained RB-Eric Dickerson from the LA Rams in a trade involving Buffalo. The Colts sent LB-Cornelius Bennett to Bills, while the Rams received six draft picks and two players. (12/27) Colts clinched AFC East title with 24-6 win over Tampa Bay. Dickerson rushed 33-196, 2 TDs, two yards short of club rushing record of RB-Norm Bulaich. Dickerson rushed for 1,011 yards in nine games with the Colts.
1988 (1/9) Colts dropped AFC Divisional playoff game at Cleveland, 38-21. (9/25) K-Dean Biasucci hit five field goals to tie a club record as Colts topped Miami, 15-13. Biasucci became one of 14 kickers at the time, the first Colt, to hit twice from the 50+ range (50, 51) in the same game. (10/31) RB-Eric Dickerson rushed 21-159, 4 TDs in first 19 minutes as Colts used 45-point first half to defeat Denver, 55-23, in first MNF game in Indianapolis. Dickerson's four rushing scores set a club record. (12/18) Dickerson rushed 36-166 as two late Colts touchdowns led to 17-14 win over Buffalo. Dickerson ended season 388-1,659, 14 TDs rushing/36-377, 1 TD receiving, 2,036 yards/scrimmage to become first Colt since RB-Alan Ameche (1955) to win the NFL rushing title. Biasucci's 52-yard field goal set NFL record (since broken) for most 50+ field goals (6) in one season.
1989 (9/10) RB-Eric Dickerson rushed 19-106 in 30-24 loss to San Francisco to surpass 10,000 career rushing yards in his 91st career game, the quickest pace ever to that plateau (Jim Brown, Cleveland, 98 games). (10/22) Dickerson was 31-152 rushing for club-record 17th 100+ rushing game. (12/17) QB-Jack Trudeau's four touchdown passes and Dickerson's 21-107, 2 TD rushing performance paved a 42-13 victory over Miami. It marked Dickerson's 58th career 100+ game, tying RB-Jim Brown (Cleveland) for second-most in NFL history (77, Walter Payton). (12/24) Colts dropped 41-6 decision at New Orleans to snuf out playoff hopes. Colts later tabbed for Pro Football Hall of Fame Team of the 1980s: RB-Eric Dickerson.
1990 (4/20) Colts traded OT-Chris Hinton, WR-Andre Rison and draft picks to Atlanta for first pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, then selected QB-Jeff George. (8/4) LB-Ted Hendricks inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/30) QB-Jack Trudeau marched the Colts 82 yards in the final 1:56 for a 6t pass to WR-Bill Brooks with 0:00 left to notch a 24-23 win. The victory snapped a 10-game September losing streak dating back to 1984. (12/22) Colts tallied 21 fourthquarter points to defeat Washington, 35-28. DB-Alan Grant's 25t interception return with :50 left decided the game. K-Chip Lohmiller hit field goals from 53 and 56 yards, setting records for the longest field goal against the Colts and becoming the first player to hit two 50+-yarders against the Colts in the same game (later tied by Detroit's K-Jason Hanson at Detroit 11/23/97, 52 and 53 yards).
1991 (10/1) Rick Venturi succeeded Ron Meyer as head coach for final eleven games. (11/10) Having gone a franchise record 21 consecutive quarters without a touchdown, the Colts struck for four scores in 13-minute span to upend the New York Jets, 28- 27. KOR-Clarence Verdin's 88t KOR started the second half. (12/1) RB-Eric Dickerson rushed 16- 117 vs. Cleveland for club-record 24th 100+ rushing game and his 62nd of career.
1992 (1/28) Ted Marchibroda named head coach. (4/26) Colts selected DE-Steve Emtman and LB-Quentin Coryatt as first two players in NFL Draft, marking only second time in NFL history (Cardinals, 1958) a team owned both picks. (8/1) TE-John Mackey inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/6) Colts defeated Cleveland, 14-3, to snap eight-game opening-game losing streak. Colts defense sacked QB-Bernie Kosar eleven times, one sack shy of tying NFL record for most takedowns of one player in a single game. (10/25) DE-Steve Emtman's 90t interception return (the longest return by a lineman in NFL history) on the game's final play sealed a 31-20 victory over previously unbeaten (6-0) Miami. (11/15) RB-Anthony Johnson was 20-77 rushing/7-163 receiving, 240 yards/scrimmage vs. New England to set club record for yards in a game (since passed). (12/27) Colts defeated Cincinnati, 21-17, to finished with five-game winning streak and the second eight-game one-season turnaround in club history under Marchibroda.
1993 (9/12) K-Dean Biasucci's 42-yard field goal with 0:03 left gave the Colts their only lead in a 9-6 win at Cincinnati. (9/26) Two touchdowns in the final 3:14 capped a 23-10 win over Cleveland, the only victory for the club during the season that did not involve a 9-6 score. (11/7) Colts dropped 30-24 outcome at Washington, but QB-Jeff George set club records with 37 completions and 59 attempts, while WR- Reggie Langhorne was 12-203, 1 TD, including 72t snare. (12/5) Biasucci's three field goals, the final from 38 yards with 0:01 left, spelled victory for the Colts, 9-6 at the New York Jets. Biasucci became the Colts' alltime leading scorer, surpassing RB-Lenny Moore (678 points, 1956- 67). (12/12) WR-Jessie Hester was 2-75 receiving to set a club mark with receptions in 59 straight games, besting 58 by WR- Jimmy Orr (1961-65).
1994 (1/2) Colts lost to Buffalo, 30-10. WR-Jessie Hester was 5-81, 1 TD receiving and ended Colts career with receptions in a club-record 62 consecutive games (since broken). (1/7) Bill Tobin named Vice President and Director of Football Operations. (August) Colts named to Pro Football Hall of Fame's NFL 75th Anniversary Team: WR-Raymond Berry, LB-Ted Hendricks, DE-Gino Marchetti, OG-Jim Parker, QB-John Unitas. (9/4) RB- Marshall Faulk was 23-143, 3 TDs rushing versus Houston in 45-21 win to join RBs- Alan Ameche (21-194, 9/25/55) and Randy McMillan (16-146, 9/6/81) for best Colts rookie rushing debuts. (9/11) Faulk was 18-104 rushing at Tampa Bay, joining Ameche and seven other players as only NFL backs with two consecutive 100+ games to start a career. (10/23) K-Dean Biasucci's 50-yard field goal vs. Washington marked his 10th consecutive season with a 50+ field goal, an NFL record (later tied by K-Al Del Greco, Oilers, 1988-97). (12/11) DB-Ray Buchanan was 2-113 interceptions, including 90t return, at New England in 28-13 loss. It was Buchanan's fifth consecutive game with an interception, setting a new club record, while marking his second straight game with a scoring return, also a club record. Buchanan returned three thefts for scores during the season to set another club record.
1995 (2/5) RB-Marshall Faulk rushed for Pro Bowl record 180 yards (49t rush was also Pro Bowl record) in winning MVP honors. Faulk joined DB-Bert Rechichar, DT-Gene Lipscomb, QB-John Unitas and DE-Gino Marchetti as Colts Pro Bowl MVPs. (9/10 and 10/8) Colts posted 27-24 overtime wins at the New York Jets and Miami, with both victories coming after 24-3 second-half deficits. K-Mike Cofer's 52-yard field goal, the longest OT-deciding kick in NFL history (since broken), topped the Jets. QB-Jim Harbaugh's three scoring passes tied the Miami game, and K-Cary Blanchard's 27-yard field goal won it. The 21-point comeback wins tied the largest deficits overcome in Colts history (also 11/9/75 at Buffalo). (10/15) Blanchard's 43-yard field goal with 2:36 left topped world champion San Francisco, 18-17. (12/23) Colts topped New England, 10-7, to earn playoff spot for a sixth consecutive decade (1940s-1990s). QBJim Harbaugh ended season with NFL-best 100.7 rating, the club's first rating champion since QB- John Unitas (1958, 1965). (12/31) Colts registered 35-20 AFC Wildcard win at San Diego for first post-season win since 1971.
1996 (1/7) Colts toppled AFC top-seeded Kansas City, 10-7, at arctic Arrowhead Stadium (-9 wind chill). K-Cary Blanchard's 30-yard FG in third quarter spelled difference. (1/14) Colts dropped last-second 20-16 thriller at Pittsburgh for AFC Championship. Harbaugh's final attempt from Steeler 29 at the gun eluded the grasp of WR-Aaron Bailey in end zone. (2/15) Lindy Infante named head coach. (9/15) Colts rallied from 21-3 deficit at Dallas to post 25-24 win. Blanchard's 43-yard field goal with 1:57 left provided winning margin. (9/23) Colts "Ring of Honor" established with first enshrinee being President Emeritus Robert Irsay. Colts bested Miami, 10-6, on MNF to move record to 4-0. Infante became the only head coach in club history to win his first four games. (12/22) Blanchard ended season with 36-40 field goals, setting a club record for single-season field goals. DB-Eugene Daniel finished career with 198 games played, second only to QB-John Unitas (206) in Colts history. (12/29) Colts dropped AFC Wildcard game at Pittsburgh, 42-14.
1997 (1/14) President Emeritus Robert Irsay passed away. (February) Jim Irsay named Owner and C.E.O. (3/6) Bob Terpening named vice president. (7/26) Don Shula inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/21) Colts failed to hang onto 26-0 second-quarter lead at Buffalo, losing 37-35. It marked the largest lead lost in club history. K-Cary Blanchard's four field goals in the second quarter tied an NFL record (Garo Yepremian, Detroit, 11/13/66 vs. Min., 2nd; Curt Knight, Washington, 11/15/70 vs. NYG, 2nd; Roger Ruzek, Dallas, 11/2/87 vs. NYG, 4th). (11/16) Colts posted 41-38 win over defending champion Green Bay, marking club's third straight win over a defending Super Bowl champ (18-17 vs. San Francisco 10/15/95; 25-24 at Dallas 9/15/96). Blanchard's 20-yard field goal at the gun provided the win. (12/14) Blanchard's 50-yard field goal in 41-0 win over Miami made the Colts the only NFL team to have 50+-yard boots in 12 consecutive seasons (extended to 13 in 1998), an NFL record. TE-Ken Dilger was 5-100, 3 TDs receiving, including 3 scoring snares in second quarter, placing him with RBs-Lenny Moore (10/4/58 vs. Chicago) and Eric Dickerson (10/31/88 vs. Denver) as only Colts with three touchdowns in one quarter. The Colts set a club mark with 31 second-quarter points. It was the first 40+-point win by the Colts since 1971, the second-worst defeat in Miami history. (12/22) Bill Polian named president.
1998 (1/12) Jim Mora named head coach. (11/15) Manning ended 80-yard drive with 14t toss to TE-Marcus Pollard with :24 left to top the Jets, 24-23. KR-Aaron Glenn set an NFL record with a 104t return of a missed Colts FG. (11/17) Hall of Fame Coach Weeb Ewbank passed away. (11/29) Colts return to Baltimore marked by Manning's club rookie record third 300+ game (27-42-357), Faulk's club-record 267 yards/scrimmage (17-192, 1 TD rushing/7-75, 1 TD receiving) and 9-153, 1 TD receiving effort by WR-Torrance Small. (12/6) Manning broke the 50-year old NFL rookie mark (held by QB-Charlie Conerly, NYG, 1948) with a TD pass in a 10th straight game. (12/13) Manning ended game vs. Cincinnati with 286-502-3,179 totals to set NFL rookie records for completions, attempts and TDs. He set an NFL rookie record with his fourth 3-TD game. Faulk (5,229) moved past Moore (5,174) and Dickerson (5,194) into second-place in Colts career rushing yards. (12/20) Manning set NFL rookie record and tied club seasonal record (QB-John Unitas, 1960, 1963) with fourth 300+ game. He ended game at Seattle with 309 seasonal completions, 3,514 yards and scoring tosses in 14 different games, surpassing prior respective records of QBs-Jeff George (292, 1991), Unitas (3,481, 1963) and Earl Morrall (13, 1968). KOR-Aaron Bailey set club record with 3,501 career return yards. (12/27) Faulk finished with club seasonal record 2,227 scrimmage yards. Manning (326-575-3,739, 26 TDs/28 ints.) produced the finest rookie season in NFL history and became the only Colts QB to take every snap during an entire season.
1999 (8/7) RB-Eric Dickerson inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. (9/19) James became the 8th NFL player and 3rd Colts player (Alan Ameche, 1955; Marshall Faulk, 1994) to open a career with consecutive 100+ rushing games. (9/26) Manning (29-54-404, 2 TDs/1 int.) and Harrison (13-196, 1 TD) hooked up all day in a 27-19 win at San Diego. Manning's 404 yards surpassed the prior club record of 401 by QB-John Unitas (vs. Atlanta 9/17/67). (10/24) In a 31-10 victory over Cincinnati, Head Coach Jim Mora posted 100th career victory. (11/21) In beating Philadelphia, 44-17, James (199 yards/scrimmage) produced his club-record 4th straight 150+ yards/scrimmage game. (11/28) K-Mike Vanderjagt booted his 14th and 15th consecutive field goals, breaking the prior club mark held by K-Cary Blanchard in 13-6 win over the New York Jets. (12/5) Vanderjagt booted a 53-yard field as time expired to top Miami, 37-34. Vanderjagt's boot was the longest game-winning field goal in Colts history (52, K-Mike Cofer at NY Jets, 9/10/95, OT) and the 3rd-longest winning field goal on the last play in NFL history. (12/19) The Colts clinched the AFC East title by topping Washington, 24-21. This marked the 17th time in NFL history a team went from last-place to first-place in one year. (12/26) The Colts tied then club records for consecutive wins (11, 1964, 1975-76) and most wins in a season (13, 1968) when Vanderjagt's 21-yard field goal with :04 left bested Cleveland, 29-28. Manning's streak of 27 games with a touchdown pass ended. Manning's streak tied the 4th-longest in NFL history (47, Unitas; 30, Dan Marino, Miami; 28, Dave Kreig, Seattle; 27, Chris Chandler, Atlanta). James was 28-103, 3 TDs, giving him 17 scores on the year. Harrison (14-138) set a club record for single-game receptions, while extending his club seasonal record to 9 100+ games. James set a league rookie record with his 10th 100+ rushing game. (1/2) The Colts opened a new century by falling at Buffalo, 31-6. James joined Ameche (1955) and Dickerson (1988) as the only Colts to win the NFL rushing crown. James became only the 13th rookie to win the rushing title. James produced 2,139 yards from scrimmage for the season. Harrison finished 115-1,663, 12 TDs for the season. His yards set a club seasonal record. Vanderjagt set a club seasonal record with 145 points and joined Moore (1964) and KToni Linhart (1976) as the only Colts to win the NFL scoring title. Manning, James and Harrison produced only the 12th offense in NFL history to have a 4,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rushers and receivers, but it was only the second time in NFL history when the rushing-receiving tandem exceeded 1,500 yards. Indianapolis finished with a NFLrecord 10-game one-season turnaround, bettering the prior record nine-game improvements of the 1929 New York Giants and 1963 Oakland Raiders. (1/16) Hosting a playoff game for the first time in the club's Indianapolis era and for the first time in 23 seasons, the Colts dropped a 19-16 decision to Tennessee.
2000 (9/3) The Colts gained their first opening-day road win since 1983 with a 27-14 victory at Kansas City. (9/25) Manning (23-36-440, 4 TDs) helped the Colts post a 43-14 win on MNF. Manning recorded only the third 400+ game in club history. (10/15) RB-Edgerrin James (38-219, 3 TDs rushing) scored on 26t, 3t and 2t bursts while surpassing RB-Norm Bulaich's (198, 9/19/71) club record for single-game rushing yards as the Colts won at Seattle, 37-24. (12/17) The club's defense yielded 272 net yards in a 20-13 win at Miami. Manning, James and WR-Marvin Harrison duplicated their 4,000-1,000-1,000 performances of a year ago, becoming the only trio to post those numbers in consecutive seasons. James joined RB-Eric Dickerson as the only NFL running backs to open a career with consecutive 1,500+ rushing seasons. (12/24) The Colts earned a playoff berth by besting Minnesota, 31-10. Manning (4,413 yards, 33 TDs) set club seasonal passing records, while James (1,709 rushing yards, 2,303 scrimmage yards) set club seasonal records that also ranked first in the NFL. James became the fifth NFL player to open a career with consecutive rushing titles, while becoming only the 11th player ever to capture back-to-back crowns. He also became the only NFL player with two 1,500/500 rushing/reception yard seasons. James' 18 touchdowns rank behind only RB-Lenny Moore's 20 in 1964 in club history. Harrison (102) tied for the league lead in receptions. (12/30) Indianapolis surrendered a 14-0 lead in dropping a 23-17 overtime playoff decision at Miami. Colts became the only team with overtime games in six consecutive decades (1950s-2000).
2001 (9/9) The Colts produced their third straight opening-day win with a 45-24 road triumph at the New York Jets. (9/16) The Colts rolled to 555 net yards and scored touchdowns on six straight possessions in earning a 42-26 win over Buffalo. Manning was 23-29-421, 4 TDs/2 ints., while Harrison (7-146, 3 TDs), Pathon (9-168, 1 TD) and James (23- 111, 1 TD) had big days. James set a franchise record with his fifth consecutive 100+ rushing game. (10/25) The Colts defense had three sacks, three interceptions and held the Chiefs to 101 rushing yards in a 35-28 win. James was 27-102, but suffered a season-ending knee injury. RB-Dominic Rhodes tallied an 88t KOR and 77t rush, becoming the only player in club history with 70+ and 80+ TD plays in the same game. (1/6) K-Mike Vanderjagt hit a clubrecord five field goals, while WR-Marvin Harrison (9-128, 2 TDs receiving) set a club record with 15 seasonal TD receptions in a 29-10 win over Denver. Harrison's 109 receptions placed him with WRs-Jerry Rice and Herman Moore as the only NFL players with three consecutive 100+ seasons, while Manning (4,131) joined QBs-Dan Marino and Dan Fouts as the only NFL players with three consecutive 4,000+ passing seasons. Rhodes (31-141) notched his fifth 100+ game and finished the season with an NFL rookie undrafted free agent record 1,104 rushing yards. (1/22) Tony Dungy named head coach.
2002 (9/11) QB-John Unitas passed away. (9/15) RB-Edgerrin James was 30-138 rushing/8-82 receiving for 220 scrimmage yards in 21-13 loss to Miami. It marked James' 25th career 100+ game, breaking RB-Eric Dickerson's club record. (10/6) Colts topped Cincinnati, 28-21, and K-Mike Vanderjagt scored in a 59th consecutive game to set a new club record (58, K-Lou Michaels). (11/10) In a 35-13 victory at Philadelphia, QB-Peyton Manning (18-23-319, 3 TDs) teamed with WRs-Marvin Harrison (6-137, 2 TDs, 57t and 43t) and Reggie Wayne (6-121, 1 TD, 27t), while rookie RB-James Mungro was 28-114, 2 TDs rushing (6t, 10t). Mungro became the sixth Colt rookie rusher with a 100+ game in a first career start. (11/17) Harrison (14-138, 2 TDs; 31t, 1t) surpassed 600 career receptions in an NFL-record 102 games and broke the club record of WR-Raymond Berry (68) with his 69th and 70th career touchdown receptions (Berry's mark had stood since 1967). (11/24) K-Mike Vanderjagt booted a 54-yard field goal with :03 left, then nailed a 51-yard field goal 5:38 into overtime as the Colts posted a 23-20 victory at Denver. The 54-yarder was a career-long, while the overtime boot was the second-longest to decide a game in Colts history. Vanderjagt became the only kicker in NFL history to force and decide a game with 50+-yard field goals. Harrison was 11-107 to become the first player in NFL history to post four consecutive 100+ seasons. (12/1) Manning produced his fifth consecutive 3,000+-yardage and 20+-touchdown seasons, making him the only QB in NFL history to open a career with five straight 3,000+ seasons. The Colts beat Houston, 19-3. (12/8) Harrison (640) surpassed Berry (631) as the club's all-time leading receiver, but the Colts lost at Tennessee, 27-17. (12/15) Harrison (9-172, 2 TDs) ended the club's 28-23 win at Cleveland with 127 receptions, the most seasonal receptions by a player in NFL history, while he also became the only NFL player with consecutive 1,500-yardage seasons. Harrison also became the only Colts player with four consecutive double-digit touchdown seasons. (12/22) The Colts lost to New York Giants, 44-27, but Manning became the only QB in NFL history to have 4,000+ passing yards in four consecutive seasons. Harrison set a club record for most 10+-receiving games (12), surpassing the prior club mark of Berry. (12/29) The Colts topped Jacksonville, 20-13, as Harrison ended the season 143-1,722, 11 TDs. Dungy joined Don McCafferty (1970) and Ted Marchibroda (1975) as the only Colts coaches to produce a double-digit victory total in their first year with the team. DE-Dwight Freeney's 13 sacks set club seasonal sack record and totaled the 2nd-highest rookie sack total in NFL history. (1/4) The Jets posted a 41-0 playoff win over the Colts.
2003 (9/28) The Colts scored the highest road point total and tied the fourth-highest scoring game ever in topping New Orleans, 55-21. Manning (20-25-314, 6 TDs) set the club record for TD passes in a game. (10/6) Indianapolis became the only NFL team to erase a 21-point deficit in the final 4:00 of regulation and produce a win when Vanderjagt's 29-yard FG 11:13 into OT gave the Colts a 38-35 win at Tampa Bay. Down 35-14, Manning (34-47- 386, 2 TDs/1 int.) led the Colts on second-half scoring drives of 73, 75, 12, 58, 85 and 76 yards. Indianapolis scored three TDs in the final 3:00 to force OT. (10/12) In a 23-20 OT loss to Carolina, Harrison moved past Raymond Berry (9,275) as the club's leader for reception yardage. (11/16) Manning (27-36-401, 1 TD), James (36-127, 3 TDs), Reggie Wayne (9-141), Troy Walters (4-88, 1 TD) and Dallas Clark (5-100) had big days in a 38-31 win over the New York Jets. James (5,540) set the club career rushing record (5,487, Lydell Mitchell). Tony Dungy became the first NFL head coach to defeat all 32 teams. (12/7) The Colts took first-place in the AFC South with a 29-27 win at Tennessee. Manning started his 93rd consecutive game, snapping the prior franchise positional record (John Unitas). (12/21) Manning surpassed 4,000 seasonal yards for an NFL-record fifth consecutive season as the club fell to Denver, 31-17. (12/28) A 17-point fourth-quarter rally ended with Vanderjagt's 43-yard FG at the gun as a 20-17 victory at Houston gave the Colts the AFC South title. Manning directed the rally as the Colts trailed, 17-3, to start the final period. James was 27-171, 1 TD rushing. Vanderjagt's boot set the NFL mark for most consecutive field goals (41), surpassing K-Gary Anderson. (1/4) In a 41-10 Wild Card win over Denver, Manning (22-26-377, 5 TDs, 158.3 rating) set the club mark for most playoff TD passes. He joined three other NFL QBs with perfect playoff rating games. His five TD passes fell one shy of the NFL playoff record. Brandon Stokley (4-144, 2 TDs; 31t, 87t) and Harrison (7-133, 2 TDs; 46t, 23t) set the club playoff record for most single-game TD receptions. The win was the first home playoff win for the Colts since January 3, 1971. (1/11) Scoring on six of eight possessions, the Colts won at Kansas City, 38-31. (1/18) The Colts dropped the AFC Championship Game at New England, 24-14.
2004 (9/26) Passing on the first 22 plays and totaling 35 first-half points, the Colts beat Green Bay, 45-31. Manning (28- 40-393, 5 TDs), Wayne (11-184, 1 TD), Stokley (8-110, 2 TDs) and Harrison (5-65, 1 TD) starred. (10/24) The Colts lost to Jacksonville, 27-24, but Vanderjagt passed K-Dean Biasucci (783) as the club's career scoring leader. (10/31) The Colts and Chiefs combined for 80 points and 1,095 net yards offense in a 45-35 Chiefs win. (11/8) Vanderjagt's 35-yard FG with :02 left produced a 31-28 win over Minnesota. Harrison passed 800 career receptions in his 131st game, the fastest pace in NFL history. Manning and Harrison ended the game with 666 completions, the most ever by any NFL QB-WR duo. (11/14) Manning threw for five TDs and as the Colts topped Houston, 49-14. Manning's third 5+-TD game tied the NFL seasonal record. (11/21) Manning tied Dan Marino's NFL record with his fourth consecutive 4+-TD game, while James posted his second career 200+ rushing game in a 41-10 win at Chicago. Manning eclipsed the 200-TD career passing mark in his 106th game, the second-fastest pace to that total in NFL history (89, Marino). (11/25) Manning had a club-record six TDs in a second career game in a 41-9 win at Detroit. The Colts posted a third consecutive 40+-point and 30+-point margin of victory outing. Harrison and Stokley tied the club record single-game TD reception mark (3). Manning (41) set the NFL mark with his fifth straight game with 4+ TD passes and became only the third NFL QB with 40+ seasonal TD tosses. It was the club's first Thanksgiving Day outing since 1965. (12/5) The Colts topped Tennessee, 51-24. Indianapolis scored 40+ points in a fourth consecutive game behind Manning (25-33-425, 3 TDs/2 ints.), James (18-105, 2 TDs), Harrison (4-106, 1 TD), Stokley (8-153, 1 TD) and Wayne (6-96, 1 TD). Manning had his 6th career 400+ game. Manning and Harrison produced their 80th TD as a tandem, moving past Marino and Mark Clayton (79) as the second-best TD duo in NFL history. (12/12) The Colts defended a division title for the first time since 1977 with a 23-14 win at Houston. (12/26) Rallying from two 15-point deficits, the Colts earned a 34-31 overtime win over San Diego. Manning teamed with RB-James Mungro (3t) and Stokley (21t) on scoring tosses, the final one coming with :56 remaining. Manning's TD pass to Stokley was his 49th of the season, breaking the prior NFL mark of Marino (48, 1984). He extended his league record to six consecutive 4,000+ seasons. Stokley and Harrison joined Wayne with 1,000+-yardage and 10+-TD seasons, the first time in NFL history a team had three such receivers. DE-Dwight Freeney brought his seasonal total to 16, a club mark, and he became the first Colts player (since 1982) to win the league sack title. (1/9) Bolting to a 35-3 halftime lead behind Manning (27- 33-458, 4 TDs/1 int.), the Colts topped Denver, 49-24. Manning eclipsed his own playoff record for passing yards (377 vs. Denver 1/4/04) and produced the second-highest total in NFL playoff history (489, Bernie Kosar, Cleveland vs. NYJ, 1986). Wayne (221) set the club's post-season reception yardage record (178, WR-Raymond Berry at NYG 12/28/58), and produced the third-highest yardage total in NFL playoff history. The Colts' 49 points established a club playoff record (41, vs. Denver 1/4/04). (1/16) Controlling the ball for 37:43 of the contest, including for 21 of the game's final 30 minutes, New England posted a 20-3 victory over the Colts.
2005 (9/11) Colts topped Ravens, 24-7, for the franchise's first win in Baltimore since December 18, 1983. (9/25) Becoming only the 6th post World War II era NFL team (1952 Giants; 1962, 2001 Packers; 1980 Eagles; 2004 Seahawks) to open the season by holding three consecutive opponents in single digits, the Colts topped Cleveland, 13- 6. Manning topped the 30,000-yard passing mark in his 115th game, the second-fastest NFL pace to that mark (114, Dan Marino), and he and Harrison set the league mark with 9,568 passing yards between a quarterback and receiver. (10/9) In topping San Francisco, 28-3, the Colts joined the 1941 Giants as the only teams to win five seasonopening games while holding each opponent to 10 or fewer points. (10/17) The Colts produced the franchise's first 6-0 start since 1958 in beating St. Louis, 45-28. Manning and Harrison's 6t connection set the NFL record for most touchdowns between a tandem (86) in NFL history, surpassing Steve Young and Jerry Rice. (10/23) With a 38-20 win at Houston, Tony Dungy became the 35th head coach in NFL history to earn 100 career victories. (11/13) With a 31-17 win over Houston, the Colts tied the franchise record, now accomplished three times, by winning their ninth straight home game, and the 9-0 start marked the best in club history. James and Harrison surpassed the 100-yard mark in their respective areas for an NFL-record 21st time as a tandem, while Harrison posted his 50th career 100+ game and James notched his club-record fifth 1,000+ season. (11/20) The Colts won a 45-37 shootout at Cincinnati. Harrison surpassed 900 career receptions in his 149th game, the fastest pace in NFL history. (11/28) A 26-7 decision over Pittsburgh marked the 400th win in franchise history, while setting a club-best 10-game home winning streak. Harrison produced his 51st 100+ outing, surpassing Don Maynard for second-most in NFL history. (12/4) In a 35-3 win over Tennessee, Harrison surpassed 12,000 receiving yards, while James topped 9,000 rushing yards in his 93rd game, the third-fastest pace in NFL history (82, Eric Dickerson; 88, Jim Brown). Manning extended his NFL record with 25+ touchdown passes in an eighth consecutive season. The club's 12th consecutive win set a new club record after having three eleven-game streaks in franchise history. The Colts became the 7th NFL team with 12+ victories in three consecutive seasons (4, Dallas, 1992-95; 3, Oakland, 1967-69; 3, Miami, 1983-85; 3, Denver, 1996-98; 3, San Francisco, 1996-98; 3, Philadelphia, 2002-04), while becoming only the 5th NFL team to open a season 12-0 (Chicago, 1934; Miami, 1972; Chicago, 1985; Denver, 1998). Tony Dungy became the 6th head coach to earn 100 regular-season victories in 10 seasons (113, George Seifert; 105, Don Shula; 103, John Madden; 101, Joe Gibbs; 101, Mike Ditka). (12/11) A 26-18 win at Jacksonville clinched the AFC South title and gave the Colts only their second unbeaten divisional record in club history (1968, 6-0 in Coastal Division). The Colts became only the fourth NFL team with a 13-0 start (1934, Chicago; 1972, Miami; 1998, Denver). (12/18) A 26-17 loss to San Diego kept the Colts from joining Miami (1972) as the only teams to open a season 14-0. James tallied his 64th career rushing touchdown, breaking RB-Lenny Moore's club record. Harrison ended the contest with 12,527 total yards, snapping Moore's club record of 12,449. DE-Dwight Freeney ended the contest with 50.5 career sacks, topping LB-Duane Bickett's (50) previous club record. (1/1) Indianapolis set a franchise record with a 14th seasonal win by topping Arizona, 17- 13. The Colts surpassed the prior seasonal mark of 13 wins in 1968 and 1999, while Head Coach Tony Dungy marked his highest career seasonal victory total. The 102 wins by Dungy over his first 10 career seasons marked the 4th-highest total by any NFL head coach (113, George Seifert; 105, Don Shula; 103, John Madden). (1/15) The Colts dropped a 21-18 home decision to Pittsburgh in the Divisional Playoffs.
2006 (9/10) The Colts posted a 26-21 win at the New York Giants in the first NFL contest pitting brothers as starting quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli Manning. (9/17) In a 43-24 win over Houston, Manning (2,820) broke the franchise record for completions (2,796, Unitas). (10/8) Harrison set an NFL record with 159 consecutive games with a reception to start a career as the club topped Tennessee, 14-13. (11/5) Indianapolis scored on its first three possessions in winning at New England, 27-20. Harrison (115) surpassed Moore as the franchise touchdown leader. Manning and Dungy notched their 56th win as a QB-coach tandem, surpassing Unitas and Shula for the most in club history. (11/12) Indianapolis topped Buffalo, 17-16, and became the only NFL team to open consecutive seasons with 9-0 starts. (11/26) The Colts rolled to a 45-21 win over Philadelphia. RB-Joseph Addai (24-171, 4 TDs) became the 8th FL rookie with four rushing TDs, setting the club single-game rookie mark for rushing and overall touchdowns and tying the franchise overall rushing record of Dickerson. Dungy won for the 58th time in his first 75 regular-season games, the 4th-best total by an NFL coach in the first 75 games with a club (61, Don Shula, Miami; 60, George Seifert, San Francisco; 59, Paul Brown, Cleveland). (12/3) In a 20-17 loss at Tennessee, Manning and Harrison teamed for their 100th touchdown as a passing-receiving tandem. (12/10) In a 44-17 loss at Jacksonville, Harrison became the fourth NFL receiver to top 1,000+ career receptions. (1/6) Indianapolis scored the first 16 points of the contest and held Kansas City without a first down for the first 42 minutes of the game in posting a 23-8 Wildcard Playoff win. K-Adam Vinatieri booted three field goals and Addai (25-122, 1 TD) tallied on a 6t burst. (1/13) Indianapolis used five field goals to produce a 15-6 Divisional Playoff win at Baltimore. Vinatieri (34) booted five field goals and moved ahead of Gary Anderson (32) for the most in NFL playoff history. His final field goal with :23 remaining sealed the win. (1/21) Erasing an 18-point deficit with a 32-point second-half flurry, the Colts captured the AFC Championship with a 38-34 victory over New England. Manning (27-47-349, 1 TD/int.) scored on a 1t rush and guided the club to 17 fourth-quarter points. Indianapolis had second-half scoring drives of 76, 76, 67, 59 and 80 yards. The final drive concluded with a 3t rush by Addai with 1:00 remaining as the club produced the largest championship game comeback in NFL Super Bowl-era history. Indianapolis knotted the contest at 21-21, 28-28 and 31-31 before the final gamewinning drive. The club's berth in Super Bowl XLI followed those earned by the franchise in Super Bowl III and V. (2/4) The Colts earned a fourth World Championship in besting the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. In a contest played in steady rain and 67-degree temperatures, the Colts overcame a 14-6 second- quarter deficit. Led by Manning (25-38-247, 1 TD/int.), a rushing attack that produced 191 yards behind Rhodes (21-113, 1 TD) and Addai (19-77) and a defense that surrendered only eleven first downs and 265 net yards while helping produce five turnovers, the Colts out-scored the Bears 23-3 over the game's final 41 minutes. Manning teamed with Wayne (2-61, 1 TD; 53t) for the club's first score. Rhodes tallied on a 1t rush midway through the second quarter, and Indianapolis would not relinquish the lead. Vinatieri added field goals of 29, 24 and 20 yards to boost the club's lead to 22-17 late in the third quarter, then DB-Kelvin Hayden's 56t interception return early in the fourth quarter provided the final points. Manning became the first Colts Super Bowl MVP. Addai (10-66) set a Super Bowl reception mark for a running back. The victory marked the club's first title in 36 years, the last coming in Super Bowl V against Dallas, 16-13 on January 17, 1971. The franchise won NFL titles following the 1958 and 1959 seasons.
2007 (10/7) Indianapolis produced a franchise-record 12th consecutive home win and became one of four NFL teams to open three consecutive seasons with 5-0 starts in topping Tampa Bay, 33-14. Indianapolis joined Green Bay (1929- 31), Minnesota (1973-75) and St. Louis (1999-2001) with three straight 5-0 starts. (10/28) Becoming the first team in 76 years to start three consecutive seasons with 7-0 starts, the Colts topped Carolina, 31-7. The Colts joined Green Bay (1929-31) as the only franchises with such starts. Manning (288) broke the club record for career touchdown passes held by Unitas (287), while Dungy notched his 74th win to break the franchise record he had shared with Shula (73) and Marchibroda (73). (11/4) In a contest matching the best unbeaten records in NFL history, New England (8-0) scored two touchdowns in the final 7:59 to top Indianapolis (7-0), 24-20. Addai (112/114) became the first Colts player to top 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. (11/11) Nearly overcoming a 23-0 first-half deficit, Indianapolis lost at San Diego, 23-21. Manning (291) moved past Unitas (290) and into a tie with Warren Moon (291) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in NFL history, while he broke Unitas' club record of 39,768 career passing yards. (11/18) In a 13-10 victory over Kansas City, Manning became the 11th QB to surpass 40,000 career passing yards and the 10th QB to post 100 career starting victories. (11/22) Playing on Thanksgiving for only the third time in franchise history, the Colts topped Atlanta, 31-13. Manning moved into fifth-place in NFL career touchdown passes, and he also passed Unitas (40,239) for 10th-place in NFL career passing yardage. Wayne tallied his fourth consecutive 1,000+ reception yardage season. (12/2) In besting Jacksonville, 28-25, Manning joined Marino as the only QBs with 10 consecutive 20+-TD seasons to open a career, while Manning became the only QB to open a career with 10 consecutive 3,000+ seasons. Indianapolis extended its franchise-record streak to six consecutive seasons with 10+ victories. (12/9) Clinching a playoff berth with a victory that included a 23-0 first-quarter burst, Indianapolis topped Baltimore, 44-20. Manning (302) passed QB-John Elway (300) for 4th-place in NFL touchdown passes, and he extended his league-record streak to 10 consecutive seasons with 25+ TD passes. Dungy earned a ninth straight playoff berth, tying Tom Landry (1975-83) for the most consecutive playoff seasons by a head coach since the 1970 Merger. (12/16) The Colts became the first franchise in NFL history to produce 12+ victories in five consecutive seasons in topping Oakland, 21-14. The victory secured the club's fifth consecutive AFC South title. Addai topped 1,000 rushing yards, joining Faulk (1994-95) and James (1999-2000) as the only Colts rushers to open a career with two 1,000+ seasons. PR-T.J. Rushing's 90t burst tied the club record for longest punt return (90t, Carl Taseff at Green Bay (Milw.), Oct. 14, 1956). (12/23) Indianapolis produced a 38-15 victory over Houston. TE-Dallas Clark finished the game with 57 receptions for 11 touchdowns, snapping the club seasonal position records of Mackey (55 receptions, 9 touchdowns). Wayne (10), Clark (11) and Addai (15) ended the contest with 10+ seasonal touchdowns. (12/30) In a game void of playoff significance for Indianapolis, the Colts dropped a 16-10 decision to Tennessee. Manning (337-515-4,040, 31 TDs/14 ints.) notched his eighth 4,000+ season, extending his own NFL record. Wayne (104-1,510) recorded his first 100+-reception season, became the 16th NFL player to have a 1,500+ reception yardage season and won the NFL receiving yardage crown with his effort. The club produced its seventh 4,000-1,000-1,000 offense with Manning, Wayne and Addai (1,072). The contest played before a crowd of 57,202 was the last regular-season game in the RCA Dome. (1/13) In a contest featuring six lead changes, San Diego scored the clinching touchdown early in the fourth quarter to produce a 28-24 Divisional Playoff victory over Indianapolis. Indianapolis suffered turnovers at the San Diego 22-, 11- and two-yard lines, and failed to convert a possession inside the 10 in the game's final three minutes.
2008 (9/7) The Colts opened Lucas Oil Stadium with a 29-13 loss to Chicago, the club's first losing opener since 2004. The victory snapped a 21-game September/October winning streak for the Colts, as the club opened with 13-0, 9-0 and 7-0 records from 2005-07. (9/14) K-Adam Vinatieri booted a 47-yard field goal with :03 remaining to cap an 18-point second-half rally as the Colts topped Minnesota, 18-15. K-Ryan Longwell booted field goals of 45, 27, 53, 46 and 28 yards, but his miss from 48 yards midway through the final period helped set the comeback. (9/21) K-Josh Scobee converted field goals of 26, 21 and 51 yards, the final one coming with :04 remaining as Jacksonville topped the Colts, 23-21. The Jaguars controlled the ball for 41:35 of the contest, including for 26 minutes of the second half in producing the win. Indianapolis had leads of 7-0, 14-10 and 21-20, with the final lead coming with 1:07 remaining on RB-Joseph Addai's (16-78, 2 TDs rushing) 2t burst. QB-Peyton Manning was 15-29-216, 1 TD/2 ints. (10/5) Scoring 21 points in a 2:10 span of the final quarter, Indianapolis produced a stirring 31-27 victory at Houston. QB-Peyton Manning (25-34-247, 2 TDs/1 int.) sandwiched 7t and 5t scoring passes to TE-Tom Santi and WR-Reggie Wayne (7-97) around LB-Gary Brackett's 68t fumble return as the Colts earned the win. The first scoring pass came with 4:04 remaining, and the final one came with 1:54 to go as Indianapolis became the first NFL team to erase a 17-point deficit in a game's final five minutes to win in regulation. (10/12) Bolting to a 24-0 halftime lead, the Colts posted a 31-3 victory over Baltimore. QB-Peyton Manning (19-28-271, 3 TDs) teamed with WRs-Marvin Harrison (3-83, 2 TDs; 67t; 5t) and Reggie Wayne (8-118, 1 TD; 22t) on first-half scoring tosses, while the club produced three of its five takeaways over the first 30 minutes. Harrison posted his 29th career multiple-TD reception game, while Wayne (51) moved into 3rd-place in Colts career scoring receptions. Manning (110, Harrison; 50, Wayne) became the 2nd NFL QB to have 50+ career touchdown connections with two different receivers (79, Dan Marino-Mark Clayton; 55, Marino-Mark Duper). (11/2) K-Adam Vinatieri booted a 52-yard field goal midway through the final quarter to help Indianapolis earn an 18-15 victory over New England. Tony Dungy coached in his 200th career regular-season game and posted his 131st victory, the third-highest 200-game regular-season total by any head coach in NFL history (147, Don Shula; 135, George Halas). (11/9) Rallying from a 10-point deficit in a city in which the team had not won since 1968, the Colts posted a 24-20 victory at Pittsburgh. Indianapolis rebounded from a 17-7 second-quarter deficit to tie the contest in the third period, then QB-Peyton Manning (21-40-240, 3 TDs) hit RB-Dominic Rhodes on a 17t pass with 3:04 remaining to produce the winning score. WR-Marvin Harrison caught a pass in his 184th consecutive game, the longest NFL streak to start a career, and the second-longest streak in league history (274, Jerry Rice). It was Manning's 50th career game with 3+ TD passes, joining Brett Favre and Dan Marino as the only NFL QBs to accomplish that feat. (11/16) Scoring on its final five full possessions, Indianapolis posted a 33-27 victory over Houston. QB-Peyton Manning (30-46-320, 2 TDs) directed an attack that produced 474 yards, while RB-Joseph Addai (22-105, 1 TD rushing; 7t/4-48, 1 TD receiving; 23t) and WR-Marvin Harrison (9-77, 1 TD; 10t) had touchdown receptions. The club's five final scoring drives covered 66, 81, 80, 73 and 69 yards. K-Adam Vinatieri booted field goals of 40, 39, 32 and 31 yards. (11/23) K-Adam Vinatieri booted field goals of 23, 38 and 51 yards, the final one coming at the gun as Indianapolis won at San Diego, 23-20. The Colts survived a late 10-point Chargers rally that tied the contest with 1:30 remaining. (11/30) Finishing a 5-0 November with a fifth single-digit victory, Indianapolis topped Cleveland, 10-6. Indianapolis won its first game since 2003 without scoring an offensive touchdown. DE-Dwight Freeney produced a sack-fumble that DE-Robert Mathis returned 37 yards for a score with 9:45 remaining as the Colts prevailed. The victory followed triumphs by three, four, six and three points earlier in the month, and it made the Colts only the third NFL team to win five consecutive games by six or fewer points (1986, Giants; 1992, Colts). (12/7) The Colts excelled on both sides of the ball and scored in every quarter in topping Cincinnati, 35-3. Indianapolis produced five sacks and four takeaways, including two interceptions by DB-Kelvin Hayden, the final one returned 85 yards for a score. QB-Peyton Manning became the only NFL player to open a career with 11 3,000+-yard and 20+-TD seasons. His streaks of 11 consecutive 3,000+ seasons and 11 consecutive 20+-TD seasons rank 2nd in NFL history. (12/14) Scoring the final 10 points in the last 8:39 of the contest, Indianapolis defeated Detroit, 31-21. TE-Dallas Clark (12-142, 1 TD; 3t) became the first Colts TE with 10+ receptions in a game. Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in five consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008), while becoming the third NFL team to post 10+ wins in seven consecutive seasons (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81). WR-Marvin Harrison (1,095) moved into third-place in NFL career receptions, moving past WR-Tim Brown (1,094). Manning became the only NFL QB to have 10+ starting wins in seven consecutive seasons. (12/18) Erasing a 14-point deficit and two 10-point deficits with 17 fourth-quarter points, Indianapolis posted a 31-24 victory at Jacksonville. The Colts earned their seventh consecutive playoff appearance under Head Coach Tony Dungy, and their ninth in 10 seasons with the victory. DB-Keiwan Ratliff's 35t interception return with 4:48 left gave Indianapolis its only lead. QB-Peyton Manning's outstanding performance (29-34-364, 3 TDs) helped pace the Colts. Manning set a club record by completing 23 consecutive passes, dating back to six completions to the Detroit game. Manning snapped the club mark of 17 he achieved in 2005 and shared with QB-Bert Jones (1974), and 23 consecutive completions fell one shy of QB-Donovan McNabb's NFL record (Philadelphia, 2004). Dungy became the only post-Merger coach to lead 10 consecutive teams to the playoffs. Indianapolis (6, 2003-08) tied the NFL mark for most consecutive 11+-victory seasons (6, Dallas, 1976-81; 5, Dallas, 1991-95; 5, San Francisco, 1994-98; 5, Philadelphia, 2000-04. This marked the club's fourth road win after trailing by 10+ points, tying the NFL seasonal mark of Dallas (1983), and it was the third road win after trailing by 14+ points, setting a new NFL seasonal record. (12/28) Indianapolis topped Tennessee, 23-0, to end the season with a nine-game winning streak, while extending its NFL record to six consecutive seasons with 12+ victories. The club produced its first shutout since 1997. QB-Peyton Manning was 7-7-95, 1 TD (55t) to extend his NFL record with a ninth 4,000+ season (4,002). WR-Marvin Harrison (1,102) was 7-31 receiving to move past WR-Cris Carter (1,101) into 2nd-place in NFL career receptions. TE-Dallas Clark (848) was 6-59 receiving to set the club's seasonal yardage record for TEs (829, Mackey, 1966). K-Adam Vinatieri (103) extended his streak to 13 consecutive seasons with 100+ points. Indianapolis surrendered six touchdowns passing for the season, the fewest by an NFL team in a 16-game season, and the lowest total in the league since 1973 (Miami). (1/3) San Diego tied the contest on a 26-yard field goal in the final minute of regulation, then scored on an overtime-opening possession to top Indianapolis, 23-17, in the Wild Card Playoffs. RB-Darren Sproles produced 328 total yards (23-105, 2 TDs rushing; 9t, 22t/5-45 receiving/4-106 KOR/3-72 PR), and his second rushing TD settled the outcome. QB-Peyton Manning was 25-42-310, 1 TD, combining with TE-Dallas Clark (7-33) and WRs-Anthony Gonzalez (6-97) and Reggie Wayne (4-129, 1 TD; 72t) to help keep the Colts in the hunt. Chargers P-Mike Scifres was 6-52.7, 6 In20. Two first-half boots pinned the Colts deep and resulted in short TD drives. His final kick to the Colts' one in the last three minutes set the stage for the tying score. Manning joined QBs-Brett Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway and Joe Montana as the only players with 40,000+ regular-season and 4,000+ playoff passing yards.
2009 (9/13) Jim Caldwell became the eighth Colts head coach to win his career opener as Indianapolis topped Jacksonville, 14-12. The victory gave the Colts their sixth 10+-game regular-season winning streak in franchise history. (9/21) Scoring on five of eight possessions in a contest it possessed the ball only 14:53, Indianapolis produced a 27-23 comeback victory at Miami. QB-Peyton Manning (14-23-303, 2 TDs) hit TE-Dallas Clark (7-183, 1 TD; 80t) and WR-Pierre Garcon (1-48t) on scoring tosses to open and close the contest. The Colts set a record for the least possession time of any NFL winning team since 1977, when TOP began being kept. Jim Caldwell joined Ron Meyer (1986) and Lindy Infante (1996) as the only Colts head coaches to win their first two games with the club. Manning (119) broke QB-John Unitas' team record for most starting wins in franchise history. Clark set the club TE record for single-game reception yards, and it was the 4th-highest NFL TE total since the 1970 Merger. (9/27) Making their first appearance in Arizona since 1990, the Colts scored three second-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 31-10 victory over the Cardinals. Manning broke QB-John Unitas' club record with his 18th 4+-TD performance. (10/4) The Colts improved to 4-0 for the fifth time in the last seven seasons in topping Seattle, 34-17. Manning three 2 TD passes, tying QB-Fran Tarkenton (342) for the 3rd-most TD passes in NFL history. Manning (112, Harrison; 55, Wayne) joined QB-Dan Marino (79, Mark Clayton; 55, Mark Duper) as the only QBs with 55+-TD passes to two different receivers. Manning (4) set the club record for most consecutive 300+ games. DE-Dwight Freeney set a personal-best with a sack in a fifth consecutive game. Jim Caldwell joined Lindy Infante as the only Colts head coaches to win their first four games. (10/11) Indianapolis set a franchise record with a 14th consecutive regular-season victory in winning at Tennessee, 31-9. Manning was 36-44-309, 3 TDs/1 int. to finish the game with 47,273 career passing yards and 345 TDs, moving past past QB-Fran Tarkenton (47,003; 342) into 5th-place in NFL career passing yards and 3rd-place in touchdown passes. Manning extended his club mark with a fifth consecutive 300+ outing, one shy of the NFL record Jim Caldwell became the first Colts head coach to win his first five games. (10/25) Recording a team-record eight consecutive road win and extending a club mark with a 15th consecutive regular-season triumph, the Colts won at St. Louis, 42-6. Indianapolis tallied six touchdowns and yielded two field goals in earning the win. Manning ended the contest with 3,995 career completions, surpassing QB-Warren Moon (3,988) for 4th-most in NFL history. (11/1) Scoring its only touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter on a tailback pass, Indianapolis battled to beat San Francisco, 18-14. RB-Joseph Addai hit WR-Reggie Wayne on a 22t pass to give the Colts their only lead of the game seven seconds into the final period. Manning became the 4th QB with 4,000+ career completions and did it in his 183rd career game, the fastest pace to that plateau. Jim Caldwell became the only rookie head coach in the Super Bowl era to start 7-0. (11/8) Indianapolis scored midway through the final period to outlast the Texans, 20-17. Manning earned his 125th starting victory, surpassing Fran Tarkenton for 4th-most wins by an NFL starting QB. Manning became the first player in NFL history with 40,000+ passing yards in one decade and he became the first NFL QB with seven 300+ outings in the first eight games of a season. Indianapolis extended its NFL-record streak to six consecutive seasons with winning streaks of at least seven games Freeney had a sack in a ninth consecutive game, setting the club record and tying Mathis for the league record for most number of consecutive-sack games to start a season. Clark (14-119) tied the club record for single-game receptions and fell one reception shy of the NFL single game mark for TEs. Wayne (635) passed WR-Raymond Berry (631) for 2nd-most receptions in club history. (11/15) Overcoming a 24-point first-half New England assault and two 17-point deficits, including one in the final quarter, Indianapolis rallied for a 35-34 victory over the Patriots. QB-Peyton Manning was 28-44-327, 4 TDs/2 ints., directing the Colts to 21 fourth-quarter points, including two TD drives in the final four minutes. Manning teamed with WR-Reggie Wayne (10-126, 2 TDs; 20t, 1t) on two scoring tosses, the final one coming with :13 left to provide the winning tally. It was the club's third consecutive fourth-quarter comeback win. Manning joined Brett Favre as the only QBs with 20+ passing TDs in 12 consecutive seasons, and Manning is the only one to open a career in such fashion. Jim Caldwell became the first NFL rookie head coach to win his first nine games. The Colts became the first team to produce three 9-0 starts in a five-year span. (11/22) Two late takeaways propelled the Colts to a 17-15 victory over Baltimore. LB-Gary Brackett intercepted a pass deep in Colts territory in the final three minutes, while the special teams recovered a fumble in the waning seconds as the club prevailed. The Colts became the first team to produce two 10-0 starts in a five-year span. TE-Dallas Clark (321) set the new franchise positional record for receptions (320, John Mackey). Manning became the first NFL QB to open a career with 12 3,000+ seasons. The Colts became the first NFL team to win four consecutive games in the same season by a total margin of 10-or-fewer points, and four straight wins after trailing at any point in the fourth quarter is a new NFL record. (11/29) Indianapolis responded with a 28-point second half to earn a league-record fifth consecutive fourth-quarter comeback victory with a 35-27 come-from-behind win at Houston. Jim Caldwell set the mark for the most consecutive wins to start a career. Manning surpassed QB-John Elway (4,123) for 3rd-most completions in NFL history. It was the fifth time Manning directed the club to victory from 17+-point deficit, the most times by any NFL QB. Indianapolis clinched the AFC South title, joining San Francisco (1997), Philadelphia (2004) and New England (2007) as the only teams since 1990 to clinch a division crown after 11 games. The Colts are the only team to produce double-digit victories and playoff berths each season since 2002. (12/6) Indianapolis tied the NFL record for most consecutive regular-season victories with a 27-17 win over Tennessee. Manning became the only NFL QB with 12 consecutive seasons with 25+ touchdown passes and 3,500 yards. The victory marked the seventh consecutive season the Colts won 12+ games, extending their NFL record. (12/13) Indianapolis set the NFL record with a 22nd consecutive regular-season victory in topping Denver, 28-16. The Colts surpassed the prior mark established by New England (21, 2006-08), and the club clinched AFC's top playoff seed. Indianapolis also produced its 114th victory of the decade, setting the NFL record (113, San Francisco, 1990-99). Manning (49,533) surpassed QB-Warren Moon (49,325) for 4th-most passing yards in NFL history. TE-Dallas Clark (82, 2009) was 5-43, 3 TDs, to set a new seasonal reception high (77, 2008). It marked the 20th 3-TD reception game in club history. Clark's 39 career TD receptions moved him past John Mackey (38) into 2nd-place for Colts TEs. Denver WR-Brandon Marshall (21-200, 2 TDs) set the NFL record for single-game receptions. (12/17) Indianapolis extended its NFL record with a 23rd consecutive regular-season victory in topping Jacksonville, 35-31. Clark (41) set the club TE record for TD receptions. Wayne (9,339) was 5-132, 1 TD (65t) to surpass Raymond Berry (9,275) for 2nd-most reception yards in club history. The Colts have seven fourth-quarter comeback wins in 2009 to become the only team since the 1970 Merger to do. The club tied a franchise record (2005) with 14 seasonal victories. It marks only the third 14-0 start in NFL history (16-0, New England, 2007; 14-0, Miami, 1972; 14-0, Colts, 2009). K-Matt Stover (2,003) became the 5th NFL player with 2,000+ career points, and he moved past K-George Blanda into 4th-place in NFL career scoring. (12/27) Manning become the 4th QB with 50,000+ passing yards, doing it in his 191st game, the fastest pace to that plateau as the Colts fell to the Jets, 29-15. Clark was 4-57 receiving to become the 1st Colts TE to have a 1,000+ season. (1/3) Clark was 7-52 receiving to join Tony Gonzalez as the only NFL TEs with 100+ seasonal receptions as the Colts fell to Buffalo, 30-7. (1/16) Breaking a 3-3 tie with 14 points in the final two minutes of the second quarter, Indianapolis produced a 20-3 victory over Baltimore. Wayne became the 11th player with 1,000+ playoff reception yards. (1/24) Erasing an eleven-point second-quarter deficit by scoring the game's final 24 points, Indianapolis earned a 30-17 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game. QB-Peyton Manning was 26-39-377, 3 TDs, teaming with WRs-Pierre Garcon (11-151, 1 TD; 4t) and Austin Collie (7-123, 1 TD; 16t) on the majority of his completions. Manning produced his 7th career 300+ playoff game, setting the NFL record. Jim Caldwell became the 5th rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl. The attendance of 67,650 set a franchise record. (2/7) Indianapolis fell to New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV, 31-17. The Colts bolted to a 10-0 first quarter lead on 53- and 96-yard scoring drives, the second one ending on a 19t pass from Manning to Garcon. After recovering a half-opening onside kick, QB-Drew Brees hit RB-Pierre Thomas on a 16t pass for a 13-10 Saints lead. Addai tallied on a 4t rush as the Colts took a 17-13 lead midway through the third quarter. The Saints scored the final 18 points of the ballgame. The Colts were driving down, 24-17, when DB-Tracy Porter's 74t interception return ended the threat. Manning extended his NFL post-season record of 300+ games, and joined Brett Favre and Joe Montana as the only QBs with 5,000+ post-season yards. Clark ended the game with NFL post-season TE records for receptions and reception yardage. Super Bowl XLIV generated an average of 106.5 viewers to become the most watched program in United States history (106.0 M*A*S*H finale, 1983).