1977 Baltimore Colts season

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1977 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Ted Marchibroda
General manager Dick Szymanski
Owner Robert Irsay
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 10–4
Division place T-1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional
Timeline
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< 1976 1978 >

The 1977 Baltimore Colts season was the 25th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Colts finished the NFL's 1977 season with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses, and tied for first in the AFC East division with the Miami Dolphins. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (9–3 to Dolphins' 8–4). This season would mark the final season in which the Colts would make the playoffs as a Baltimore-based franchise. Baltimore would not be in the playoffs again until the Baltimore Ravens, the Colts' successors in Baltimore, advanced to Super Bowl XXXV just over 23 years later.

Offseason[edit]

The Colts fired general manager Joe Thomas before the 1977 season, due to a power struggle he was having with head coach Ted Marchibroda.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1977 Baltimore Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Receivers – Dick Bielski
  • Offensive Line – Whitey Dovell
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – George Boutselis


Roster[edit]

1977 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 at Seattle Seahawks W 29–14 1–0 Kingdome
58,991
2 September 25, 1977 at New York Jets W 20–12 2–0 Shea Stadium
43,439
3 October 2, 1977 Buffalo Bills W 17–14 3–0 Memorial Stadium
49,247
4 October 9, 1977 Miami Dolphins W 45–28 4–0 Memorial Stadium
57,829
5 October 16, 1977 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–6 5–0 Arrowhead Stadium
63,076
6 October 23, 1977 at New England Patriots L 3–17 5–1 Schaeffer Stadium
60,958
7 October 30, 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–21 6–1 Memorial Stadium
60,225
8 November 7, 1977 Washington Redskins W 10–3 7–1 Memorial Stadium
57,740
9 November 13, 1977 at Buffalo Bills W 31–13 8–1 Rich Stadium
39,444
10 November 20, 1977 New York Jets W 33–12 9–1 Memorial Stadium
50,957
11 November 27, 1977 at Denver Broncos L 13–27 9–2 Mile High Stadium
74,939
12 December 5, 1977 at Miami Dolphins L 6–17 9–3 Miami Orange Bowl
68,977
13 December 11, 1977 Detroit Lions L 10–13 9–4 Memorial Stadium
45,124
14 December 18, 1977 New England Patriots W 30–24 10–4 Memorial Stadium
42,250

This was the last NFL regular season with 14 games, the regular season was expanded to 16 games in 1978.

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Colts 7 7 5 10 29
Seahawks 0 7 0 7 14
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Kingdome, Seattle, WA
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 7 6 0 20
Jets 0 3 0 9 12

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Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 0 3 6 12
Colts 6 13 7 7 33

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Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Baltimore Colts(2) 10 4 0 .714 6–2 9–3 295 221
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–4 313 197
New England Patriots 9 5 0 .643 4–4 7–5 278 217
Buffalo Bills 3 11 0 .214 2–6 2–10 160 313
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 2–6 2–10 191 300

Playoffs[edit]

The team made it to the playoffs as a No. 2 seed and played host to the Oakland Raiders in the divisional round. The Colts held a 31–28 lead with time running out, when the famous "Ghost to the Post" play to Casper advanced the Raiders to the Baltimore 14-yard line, where Errol Mann kicked the tying field goal to send the contest into overtime. After the first overtime went scoreless, Casper caught a 10-yard touchdown pass 43 seconds into the period to win the game for the Raiders.

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site Attendance
Divisional December 24, 1977 Oakland Raiders (4) L 31–37 0–1 Memorial Stadium
60,763

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 Baltimore Colts starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-24.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

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