1970 Baltimore Colts season

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1970 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Don McCafferty
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 11–2–1
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 17–0
Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 27–17
Won Super Bowl V (Cowboys) 16–13
Timeline
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< 1969 1971 >

The 1970 Baltimore Colts season was the 18th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1970 season with a record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. They won the first AFC East title. The Colts finished their season in Miami with a Super Bowl victory over the Cowboys, their first Super Bowl title and 3rd world championship overall (1958, 1959, and 1970.)

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 at San Diego Chargers W 16–14 1–0 San Diego Stadium
47,782
2 September 28, 1970 Kansas City Chiefs L 24–44 1–1 Memorial Stadium
53,911
3 October 4, 1970 at Boston Patriots W 14–6 2–1 Harvard Stadium
38,235
4 October 11, 1970 at Houston Oilers W 24–20 3–1 Astrodome
48,050
5 October 18, 1970 at New York Jets W 29–22 4–1 Shea Stadium
63,301
6 October 25, 1970 Boston Patriots W 27–3 5–1 Memorial Stadium
60,240
7 November 1, 1970 Miami Dolphins W 35–0 6–1 Memorial Stadium
60,240
8 November 9, 1970 at Green Bay Packers W 13–10 7–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,063
9 November 15, 1970 Buffalo Bills T 17–17 7–1–1 Memorial Stadium
60,240
10 November 22, 1970 at Miami Dolphins L 17–34 7–2–1 Miami Orange Bowl
67,699
11 November 29, 1970 Chicago Bears W 21–20 8–2–1 Memorial Stadium
60,240
12 December 6, 1970 Philadelphia Eagles W 29–10 9–2–1 Memorial Stadium
60,240
13 December 13, 1970 at Buffalo Bills W 20–14 10–2–1 War Memorial Stadium
34,346
14 December 19, 1970 New York Jets W 35–20 11–2–1 Memorial Stadium
60,240

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 3 7 6 16
Chargers 0 0 7 7 14

[1]


Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 10 0 7 3 20
Bills 7 7 0 0 14

[2]

The Colts clinched the division title with the win.


Standings[edit]

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Baltimore Colts 11 2 1 .846 321 234
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 297 228
New York Jets 4 10 0 .286 255 286
Buffalo Bills 3 10 1 .231 204 337
Boston Patriots 2 12 0 .143 149 361

Postseason[edit]

The team made it to the playoffs with the best record in the AFC and hosted the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round. (It wasn't until the 1975 season that playoff teams were seeded by record; the fact that the Colts hosted both playoff games was just due to the rotation set up for the merger.) The Colts relied on their defense that carried them all season to best the Bengals 17–0, holding Cincinnati to only 139 total yards. The Colts would next host Oakland Raiders for the AFC Championship Game. The Colts jumped out to an early lead over the Raiders, 10–0 at halftime. Oakland came back to tie it up early in the 3rd quarter. The Colts would respond with a Jim O'Brien field goal and a second Bulaich touchdown. Johnny Unitas extended the lead with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Ray Perkins that made the score 27–17. The Colts would seal the win with an interception in the end zone. The Colts made it to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history and played the Dallas Cowboys for the right to be champions. Johnny Unitas threw a pass that was tipped twice before John Mackey caught it for a 75-yard score. Unitas was injured and Earl Morrall completed a sloppy and turnover-filled game. Following an interception by Mike Curtis, Jim O'Brien kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal, giving Baltimore a 16–13 lead with 5 seconds left in the game and the victory.

Playoff Round Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
Divisional December 26, 1970 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–0 1–0 Memorial Stadium
51,127
Conference Championship January 2, 1971 Oakland Raiders W 27–17 2–0 Memorial Stadium
56,368
Super Bowl January 17, 1971 Dallas Cowboys W 16–13 3–0 Miami Orange Bowl
80,055

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