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The Indianapolis Colts, formerly the Baltimore Colts, are an American football team playing in the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the Colts franchise from 1953 to present, including postseason records and league awards for individual players or head coaches. In 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom gained the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization.[1] The new team was named the Colts after the previous team that folded after the 1950 NFL season.[2] After 31 seasons in Baltimore, Colts owner Robert Irsay moved the team to Indianapolis.[3]

The Colts have won two Super Bowl championships (Super Bowl V and Super Bowl XLI). They also played in and lost Super Bowl III and Super Bowl XLIV. Before the AFL and NFL merged in 1970,[4] they won three NFL Championships (1958, 1959, and 1968). In their 56-year history (through the 2009 season), they have an overall regular-season record of 441 wins, 390 losses, and 7 ties. They have made 22 postseason appearances, and have an overall postseason record of 19 wins and 18 losses. By winning Super Bowl XLI the Colts became the first team that played its home games in a domed stadium to win a Super Bowl held in an outdoor stadium.[5]

Since Colts owner Jim Irsay hired Tony Dungy in 2002,[6] the Colts have made the playoffs every year and compiled a 99–29 record. They won five straight AFC South titles from 2003 to 2007 and had seven consecutive seasons of 12 or more victories from 2003 to 2009, the first time that has been achieved in the NFL's 90-year history.[7] Much of this recent success is attributed to the trio of Bill Polian, Dungy, and Peyton Manning.[8]

NFL champions (1920–1969) † Super Bowl champions (1970–present) ‡ Conference champions * Division champions § Wild card berth ¤ One-game playoff berth ^
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season[a] Postseason results Awards[b][c]
Finish Won Lost Ties
Baltimore Colts (1953–1983)
1953 1953 NFL Western 5th 3 9 0
1954 1954 NFL Western 6th 3 9 0
1955 1955 NFL Western 4th 5 6 1 Alan Ameche (NFL ROY)[9]
1956 1956 NFL Western 4th 5 7 0 Bert Rechichar (Pro Bowl MVP)[10]
Lenny Moore (NFL ROY)[11]
1957 1957 NFL Western 3rd 7 5 0
1958 1958 NFL † Western * 1st * 9 3 0 Won NFL Championship (1)[d] (Giants) 23–17 †
1959 1959 NFL † Western * 1st * 9 3 0 Won NFL Championship (2) (Giants) 31–16 † Johnny Unitas (Pro Bowl MVP)[12]
1960 1960 NFL Western 4th 6 6 0 Johnny Unitas (Pro Bowl MVP)[12]
1961 1961 NFL Western T-3rd 8 6 0
1962 1962 NFL Western 4th 7 7 0
1963 1963 NFL Western 3rd 8 6 0 Johnny Unitas (Pro Bowl MVP)[13]
1964 1964 NFL Western * 1st * 12 2 0 Lost NFL Championship (Browns) 27–0 Johnny Unitas (MVP)[14]
Don Shula (COY)[15]
1965 1965 NFL Western 2nd ^ 10 3 1 Lost Conference Playoff Game (Packers) 13–10
1966 1966 NFL Western 2nd 9 5 0
1967[e] 1967 NFL Western Coastal 2nd 11 1 2 Johnny Unitas (MVP)[14]
Don Shula (COY)[15]
1968 1968 NFL † Western * Coastal § 1st § 13 1 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 24–14
Won NFL Championship (3) (Browns) 34–0
Lost Super Bowl III (Jets) 16–7 †
Earl Morrall (MVP)[16]
Don Shula (COY)[15]
1969 1969 NFL Western Coastal 2nd 8 5 1
AFL–NFL Merger
1970 1970 NFL ‡ AFC * AFC East § 1st § 11 2 1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 17–0
Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 27–17
Won Super Bowl V (4) (Cowboys) 16–13 ‡
Johnny Unitas (MOY)[17]
1971 1971 NFL AFC East 2nd ¤ 10 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 20–3
Lost Conference Championship (Dolphins) 21–0
1972 1972 NFL AFC East 3rd 5 9 0
1973 1973 NFL AFC East 4th 4 10 0
1974 1974 NFL AFC East 5th 2 12 0
1975 1975 NFL AFC East § T-1st[f] § 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 28–10 Ted Marchibroda (COY)[18]
1976 1976 NFL AFC East § T-1st[g] § 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 40–14 Bert Jones (MVP & OPOY)[19]
1977 1977 NFL AFC East § T-1st[h] § 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 37–31 (2OT)[i]
1978 1978 NFL AFC East 5th 5 11 0
1979 1979 NFL AFC East 5th 5 11 0
1980 1980 NFL AFC East 4th 7 9 0
1981 1981 NFL AFC East 4th 2 14 0
1982 1982 NFL AFC [j] 14th 0 8 1
1983 1983 NFL AFC East 4th 7 9 0 Vernon Leroy Maxwell (DROY)[20]
Indianapolis Colts (1984–Present)
1984 1984 NFL AFC East 4th 4 12 0
1985 1985 NFL AFC East 4th 5 11 0 Duane Bickett (DROY)[21]
1986 1986 NFL AFC East 5th 3 13 0
1987 1987 NFL AFC East § 1st[k] § 9 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 38–21
1988 1988 NFL AFC East 3rd 9 7 0
1989 1989 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0
1990 1990 NFL AFC East 3rd 7 9 0
1991 1991 NFL AFC East 5th 1 15 0
1992 1992 NFL AFC East 3rd 9 7 0
1993 1993 NFL AFC East 5th 4 12 0
1994 1994 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0 Marshall Faulk (AFC ROY & OROY)[22][23]
1995 1995 NFL AFC East 2nd ¤ 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 35–20
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs) 10–7
Lost Conference Championship (Steelers) 20–16
Jim Harbaugh (AFC Off. POY & Co-CPY)[22][24]
Marshall Faulk (Pro Bowl MVP)[25]
1996 1996 NFL AFC East 3rd ¤ 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 42–14
1997 1997 NFL AFC East 5th 3 13 0
1998 1998 NFL AFC East 5th 3 13 0
1999 1999 NFL AFC East § 1st § 13 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Titans) 19–16 Edgerrin James (OROY)[26]
2000 2000 NFL AFC East 2nd ¤ 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 23–17 (OT)
2001 2001 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0
2002 2002 NFL AFC AFC South 2nd ¤ 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 41–0
2003 2003 NFL AFC South § 1st § 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 41–10
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs) 38–31
Lost Conference Championship (Patriots) 24–14
Peyton Manning (Co-MVP)[27]
2004 2004 NFL AFC South § 1st § 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 49–24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 20–3
Peyton Manning (MVP & OPOY)[27][28]
2005 2005 NFL AFC South § 1st § 14 2 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 21–18 Peyton Manning (Pro Bowl MVP & MOY)[29][30]
2006 2006 NFL ‡ AFC * South § 1st § 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 23–8
Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 15–6
Won Conference Championship (Patriots) 38–34
Won Super Bowl XLI (5) (Bears) 29–17 ‡
Peyton Manning (SB MVP)[31]
2007 2007 NFL AFC South § 1st § 13 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 28–24[l] Bob Sanders (DPOY)[32]
2008 2008 NFL AFC South 2nd ¤ 12 4 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 23–17 (OT) Peyton Manning (MVP)[27]
2009 2009 NFL AFC * South § 1st § 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 20–3
Won Conference Championship (Jets) 30–17
Lost Super Bowl XLIV (Saints) 31–17
Peyton Manning (MVP)[33]
2010 2010 NFL AFC South § 1st § 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 17–16
2011 2011 NFL AFC South 0 1 0
Total 447 395 7 (1953–2010, includes only regular season)
19 18 - (1953–2010, includes only playoffs)
466 413 7 (1953–2010, includes both regular season and playoffs)

NotesEdit

  • a The Finish, Won, Lost, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular season and postseason results are combined only at the bottom of the list.
  • b All regular season MVPs listed are the Associated Press MVP. For the full list of other MVPs see National Football League Most Valuable Player Award.
  • c All Coach of the Year Awards listed are the Associated Press award. For the full list of other coaching awards see National Football League Coach of the Year Award.
  • d This game would be later known as The Greatest Game Ever Played.[34]
  • e The 1967 NFL season marks the first season in the league's history where the league was divided into two conferences which were subdivided into two divisions. Up to 1967, the league was either divided into two divisions, two conferences, or neither.[35]
  • f The Colts and Dolphins finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on a head-to-head sweep (2–0).[36]
  • g The Colts and Patriots finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of New England based on a better division record (7–1 to Patriots' 6–2).[37]
  • h The Colts and Dolphins finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (9–3 to Dolphins' 8–4).[37]
  • i The game involved the infamous Ghost to the Post play.[38]
  • j 1982 was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.[39]
  • k A 24 day players' strike reduced the 16-game season to 15, causing week 3 to be canceled.[40]
  • l This was the last game played in the RCA Dome.[41]

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