1996 Indianapolis Colts season

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1996 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Lindy Infante
Home field RCA Dome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoff
Timeline
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< 1995 1997 >

The 1996 Indianapolis Colts season was the 44th season for the team in the National Football League and 13th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1996 season with a record of 9 wins and 7 losses, and finished third in the AFC East division.

On October 13, the Colts hosted the newly established Baltimore Ravens, based in the Colts' previous city. The Colts won 26–21. This game has the distinction of being the first NFL on TNT broadcast after TNT's parent Turner Broadcasting System completed its merger with Time Warner, only 3 days earlier.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office
  • President Emeritus – Robert Irsay
  • Senior Executive Vice President/General Manager/COO – Jim Irsay
  • Vice President/Director of Football Operations – Bill Tobin
  • Assistant General Manager – Bob Terpening
  • Director of Pro Player Personnel – Clyde Powers
  • Director of College Player Personnel – George Boone

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Running Backs – Gene Huey
  • Receivers – Jimmy Robinson
  • Tight Ends/Quality Control – Tom Batta
  • Offensive Line – Ron Blackledge
  • Assistant to the Offensive Line – Charlie Davis
  • Offensive Assistant/Assistant Quarterbacks – Buddy Geis
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Zupancic

Roster[edit]

1996 Indianapolis Colts final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site TV Time Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 Arizona Cardinals W 20–13 1–0 RCA Dome FOX 1:00 pm
48,133
2 September 8, 1996 at New York Jets W 21–7 2–0 The Meadowlands NBC 4:15 pm
63,534
3 September 15, 1996 at Dallas Cowboys W 25–24 3–0 Texas Stadium NBC 4:15 pm
63,021
4 September 23, 1996 Miami Dolphins W 10–6 4–0 RCA Dome ABC 9:00 pm
60,891
5 Bye
6 October 6, 1996 at Buffalo Bills L 13–16 4–1 Rich Stadium NBC 4:15 pm
79,401
7 October 13, 1996 Baltimore Ravens W 26–21 5–1 RCA Dome TNT 8:15 pm
56,978
8 October 20, 1996 New England Patriots L 9–27 5–2 RCA Dome NBC 1:00 pm
58,725
9 October 27, 1996 at Washington Redskins L 16–31 5–3 RFK Stadium NBC 1:00 pm
54,254
10 November 3, 1996 San Diego Chargers L 19–26 5–4 RCA Dome NBC 1:00 pm
58,484
11 November 10, 1996 at Miami Dolphins L 13–37 5–5 Joe Robbie Stadium NBC 1:00 pm
66,623
12 November 17, 1996 New York Jets W 34–29 6–5 RCA Dome NBC 1:00 pm
48,322
13 November 24, 1996 at New England Patriots L 13–27 6–6 Foxboro Stadium NBC 1:00 pm
58,226
14 December 1, 1996 Buffalo Bills W 13–10 7–6 RCA Dome NBC 4:15 pm
53,804
15 December 5, 1996 Philadelphia Eagles W 37–10 8–6 RCA Dome ESPN 8:15 pm
52,689
16 December 15, 1996 at Kansas City Chiefs W 24–19 9–6 Arrowhead Stadium NBC 4:15 pm
71,136
17 December 22, 1996 at Cincinnati Bengals L 24–31 9–7 Cinergy Field NBC 1:00 pm
49,389

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 418 313
Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 319 266
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 317 334
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 339 325
New York Jets 1 15 0 .063 279 454

Playoffs[edit]

The team received Wild Card playoff berth to the playoffs and traveled to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers. The Colts came back from a 13-point lead in the first half but the Steelers scored 29 unanswered points in the second half and went on to beat the Colts.

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site TV Time Attendance
Wild Card December 29, 1996 at Pittsburgh Steelers (3) L 14–42 0–1 Three Rivers Stadium NBC 12:30 pm
58,078

See also[edit]