1965 Baltimore Colts season

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1965 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Don Shula
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 10–3–1
Division place T-1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Lost Western Conf. Playoff (Packers) 13–10
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1964 1966 >

The 1965 Baltimore Colts season was the 13th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1965 season with a record of 10 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, tied for first in the Western Conference with the Green Bay Packers. Although the Packers won both regular season games over the Colts, no tiebreaking system was in place in 1965 and a playoff game between the two was required to determine who would play the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Browns for the NFL title.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 19, 1965 Minnesota Vikings W 35–16 1–0 Memorial Stadium
56,562
2 September 26, 1965 at Green Bay Packers L 17–20 1–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,130
3 October 3, 1965 San Francisco 49ers W 27–24 2–1 Memorial Stadium
58,609
4 October 10, 1965 Detroit Lions W 31–7 3–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
5 October 17, 1965 at Washington Redskins W 38–7 4–1 RFK Stadium
50,405
6 October 24, 1965 Los Angeles Rams W 35–20 5–1 Memorial Stadium
45,827
7 October 31, 1966 at San Francisco 49ers W 34–28 6–1 Kezar Stadium
45,827
8 November 7, 1965 at Chicago Bears W 26–21 7–1 Wrigley Field
45,656
9 November 14, 1965 at Minnesota Vikings W 41–21 8–1 Metropolitan Stadium
47,426
10 November 21, 1965 Philadelphia Eagles W 34–24 9–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
11 November 25, 1965 at Detroit Lions T 24–24 9–1–1 Tiger Stadium
55,036
12 December 5, 1966 Chicago Bears L 0–13 9–2–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
13 December 12, 1965 Green Bay Packers L 27–42 9–3–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
14 December 18, 1965 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–17 10–3–1 L.A. Memorial Coliseum
46,636

Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 316 224 T-1
Baltimore Colts 10 3 1 .769 389 284 W-1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 409 275 L-1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 421 402 T-1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 383 403 W-2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .462 257 295 W-1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 269 328 L-1

Postseason[edit]

Because the Colts and Packers finished the regular season with identical 10–3–1 records, an extra tie-breaker playoff game was needed to decide the Western Conference champion, which delayed the NFL Championship Game a week, as the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Browns stood idle. The Western Conference playoff game was played in Green Bay the day after Christmas and the Colts lead the Packers 10–0 at halftime, with third-string quarterback Tom Matte. The Packers, with back-up quarterback Zeke Bratkowski in for injured Bart Starr, tied it up late in the fourth quarter on a controversial 22-yard field goal (video replays appeared to show the kicked ball sailing wide of the right upright – which, subsequently, resulted in 1) a re-design of NFL goalposts, and 2) changing the placement of an official directly under each upright on field-goal attempts). The Packers would later win the game 13–10 in overtime with a 25-yard field goal. The following week the Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns for the NFL title, their third under Vince Lombardi and first of three straight.

Playoff Round Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
Western Conf. December 26, 1965 at Green Bay Packers L 10–13 OT 0–1 Lambeau Field
50,484
Playoff Bowl January 9, 1966 Dallas Cowboys W 35–3 1–1 Miami Orange Bowl
65,569

See also[edit]