2009 Indianapolis Colts season

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2009 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Jim Caldwell
General manager Chris Polian
Owner Jim Irsay
Home field Lucas Oil Stadium
Results
Record 14–2
Division place 1st AFC South
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 20–3
Won Conference Championship (Jets) 30–17
Lost Super Bowl XLIV (Saints) 31–17
Pro Bowlers 7 (see Awards and honors)
AP All-Pros 4 (see Awards and honors)
Timeline
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The 2009 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 57th season in the National Football League and the 26th in Indianapolis. It was the first season since 2002 that the Colts did not have Tony Dungy on their coaching staff, due to his retirement from coaching. The 2009 Indianapolis Colts improved upon their 12–4 record from 2008 as well as winning their sixth AFC South division championship in seven years. The Colts also clinched the #1 playoff seed in the AFC. The Colts became the sole undefeated team after week 15. The following week, the Colts lost to the New York Jets. During the playoffs, the Colts defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round and the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game, but lost to the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, 31–17.

Offseason[edit]

Head coach announcement[edit]

On January 12, 2009, Head Coach Tony Dungy announced his retirement from coaching in the National Football League.[1] Two days later, then-Assistant Coach and Quarterbacks Coach Jim Caldwell was formally announced as Dungy's successor.[2]

Staff changes[edit]

  • Clyde Christensen replaced Jim Caldwell as Assistant Head Coach.[3]
  • Larry Coyer replaced Ron Meeks as Defensive Coordinator (Meeks resigned).[4][5]
  • Tom Moore originally decided to retire from coaching in the National Football League due to a revision in the league's pension plan for non-players.[6] Almost four months later, he was re-hired by the Colts as their Senior Offensive Coordinator.[7]
  • Howard Mudd originally decided to retire from coaching in the National Football League due to a revision in the league's pension plan for non-players.[6] Almost four months later, he was re-hired by the Colts as their Senior Offensive Line Coach.[7]
  • Frank Reich replaced Jim Caldwell as Quarterbacks coach.[8]
  • Ray Rychleski replaced Russ Purnell as Special Teams coach.[9][10]

Additions[edit]

Pos. Player Date Notes
OG Brandon Barnes April 23, 2009[11]
WR Hank Baskett September 17, 2009[12]
RB Donald Brown August 2, 2009[13] Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
TE Colin Cloherty April 27, 2009[14]
September 7, 2009[15]

Added to practice squad
WR Austin Collie August 1, 2009[16] Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
QB Chris Crane April 4, 2009[17]
C Kyle DeVan April 21, 2009[18]
S Aaron Francisco September 6, 2009[19]
WR Sam Giguère September 7, 2009[15] Added to practice squad
DT John Gill September 7, 2009[15] Added to practice squad
LB Cody Glenn September 6, 2009[19] Later assigned to the practice squad
DE Rudolph Hardie August 13, 2009[20]
RB Mike Hart September 7, 2009[15] Added to practice squad
DT Ed Johnson April 5, 2009[21]
WR John Matthews September 7, 2009[15] Added to practice squad
P Pat McAfee July 29, 2009[22] Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
RB Walter Mendenhall August 13, 2009[20]
August 22, 2009[23]
DT Fili Moala August 1, 2009[16] Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
LB Michael Okwo February 16, 2009[24]
QB Curtis Painter July 29, 2009[25] Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
S Marcus Paschal August 22, 2009[23]
G Tom Pestock August 19, 2009[26]
TE Jason Pociask September 8, 2009[27] Added to practice squad
LB Adam Seward March 21, 2009[28]
WR Taj Smith September 7, 2009[15] Added to practice squad
LB Michael Tauiliili April 4, 2009[17]
DT Terrance Taylor July 29, 2009[29] Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
OG Jaimie Thomas July 29, 2009[25]
September 7, 2009[15]
Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
Added to practice squad

Departures[edit]

Pos. Player Date Notes
LB Rufus Alexander April 4, 2009[17]
K Shane Andrus September 16, 2009[30]
RB Lance Ball September 5, 2009[31]
TE Colin Cloherty August 31, 2009
CB Michael Coe August 31, 2009 Placed on waived-injured list
S Brannon Condren July 29, 2009[32]
QB Chris Crane August 22, 2009[23]
LB Buster Davis March 30, 2009[33]
P Mike Dragosavich April 4, 2009[17]
CB Brandon Foster July 29, 2009[32]
WR Sam Giguère September 5, 2009[31]
DT John Gill September 5, 2009[31]
S Matt Giordano September 6, 2009[19]
DT Adrian Grady September 5, 2009[31]
CB Nick Graham September 5, 2009[31]
WR Roy Hall August 13, 2009[20] Placed on waived-injured list
DE Rudolph Hardie August 31, 2009 Placed on waived-injured list
S Brandon Harrison July 29, 2009[32]
WR Marvin Harrison February 24, 2009[34]
RB Mike Hart September 5, 2009[31]
T Corey Hilliard August 19, 2009[35]
DE Marcus Howard September 5, 2009[31]
CB Dante Hughes September 5, 2009[31]
LB Curtis Johnson August 31, 2009
C Steve Justice September 5, 2009[31]
S Travis Key September 6, 2009[36] Placed on waived-injured list
T Pat Kuntz July 29, 2009[32]
OL Cornelius Lewis July 29, 2009[32]
WR John Matthews September 5, 2009[31]
WR Brett McDermott September 5, 2009[31]
RB Walter Mendenhall August 18, 2009[37]
September 5, 2009[31]
S Marcus Paschal September 1, 2009[38]
G Tom Pestock August 13, 2009[20]
September 5, 2009[31]
TE Jamie Petrowski September 5, 2009[31] Placed on waived-injured list
LB Tyrell Sales July 29, 2009[32]
LB Jordan Senn September 7, 2009[39]
LB Adam Seward August 22, 2009[23]
WR Taj Smith September 5, 2009[31]
LB Mike Tauiliili September 5, 2009[31]
DT Terrance Taylor September 5, 2009[31] Drafted by Colts in 2009 NFL Draft
OG Jaimie Thomas September 5, 2009[31]
DE Josh Thomas September 5, 2009[31]
OT Michael Toudouze September 5, 2009[31]

Free agents[edit]

Pos. Player Tag Result
RB Lance Ball ERFA Re-signed with Colts[40]
ILB Buster Davis ERFA Signed with Texans[33][40]
G/T Daniel Federkeil RFA Re-signed with Colts[40]
SS Matt Giordano UFA Re-signed with Colts[41]
CB Kelvin Hayden UFA Re-signed with Colts[42]
OLB Tyjuan Hagler[43] UFA Re-signed with Colts[44]
OLB Freddie Keiaho[45] UFA Re-signed with Colts[46]
DT Daniel Muir ERFA Re-signed with Colts[47]
CB Keiwan Ratliff UFA Signed with Steelers[48]
DT Darrell Reid UFA Signed with Broncos[49]
RB Dominic Rhodes UFA Signed with Bills[50]
C Jeff Saturday UFA Re-signed with Colts[51]
P Hunter Smith UFA Signed with Redskins[52]
DE Josh Thomas[53] UFA Re-signed with Colts[37]
UFA: Unrestricted free agent; RFA: Restricted free agent; ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2009 NFL Draft
2009 Indianapolis Colts Draft Selections
Draft order Player Position Height Weight College
Round Choice
1 27 Donald Brown Running back 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Connecticut
2 56 Fili Moala Defensive tackle 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 303 lb (137 kg) Southern California
3 92 Jerraud Powers Cornerback 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Auburn
4 127 Austin Collie Wide receiver 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Brigham Young
4 136 Terrance Taylor Defensive tackle 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 319 lb (145 kg) Michigan
6 201 Curtis Painter Quarterback 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Purdue
7 222 Pat McAfee Punter 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 228 lb (103 kg) West Virginia
7 236 Jaimie Thomas Offensive lineman 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 330 lb (149 kg) Maryland

Staff[edit]

Indianapolis Colts 2009 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final roster[edit]

Indianapolis Colts 2009 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
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 8 PS

Depth chart[edit]

Defense
2009 Indianapolis Colts roster




CB
Kelvin Hayden
Tim Jennings
Jacob Lacey


CB
Jerraud Powers
Offense
2009 Indianapolis Colts roster
WR
Reggie Wayne
TE
Gijon Robinson
LT LG C RG RT
Charlie Johnson Ryan Lilja Jeff Saturday Kyle DeVan Ryan Diem
Mike Pollak
TE
Dallas Clark
WR
Pierre Garcon
Austin Collie
QB
Peyton Manning
Special Teams
PK Matt Stover
P Pat McAfee
KR Chad Simpson
PR T.J. Rushing


RB
Joseph Addai


Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The preseason opponents were announced on March 30.[54]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14 7:30 PM EDT Minnesota Vikings L 3–13 0–1 Lucas Oil Stadium WTTV Recap
2 August 20 8:00 PM EDT Philadelphia Eagles W 23–15 1–1 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
3 August 29 1:00 PM EDT at Detroit Lions L 17–18 1–2 Ford Field WTTV Recap
4 September 3 7:30 PM EDT at Cincinnati Bengals L 7–38 1–3 Paul Brown Stadium WTTV Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 1:00 PM EDT Jacksonville Jaguars W 14–12 1–0 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
2 Sept. 21 (Monday) 8:30 PM EDT at Miami Dolphins W 27–23 2–0 Land Shark Stadium ESPN Recap
3 September 27 8:20 PM EDT at Arizona Cardinals W 31–10 3–0 University of Phoenix Stadium NBC Recap
4 October 4 1:00 PM EDT Seattle Seahawks W 34–17 4–0 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
5 October 11 8:20 PM EDT at Tennessee Titans W 31–9 5–0 LP Field NBC Recap
6 Bye
7 October 25 1:00 PM EDT at St. Louis Rams W 42–6 6–0 Edward Jones Dome CBS Recap
8 November 1 1:00 PM EST San Francisco 49ers W 18–14 7–0 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 8 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans W 20–17 8–0 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 15 8:20 PM EST New England Patriots W 35–34 9–0 Lucas Oil Stadium NBC Recap
11 November 22 1:00 PM EST * at Baltimore Ravens W 17–15 10–0 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 29 1:00 PM EST * at Houston Texans W 35–27 11–0 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 6 1:00 PM EST * Tennessee Titans W 27–17 12–0 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 13 1:00 PM EST * Denver Broncos W 28–16 13–0 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
15 Dec. 17 (Thursday) 8:20 PM EST at Jacksonville Jaguars W 35–31 14–0 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium NFLN Recap
16 December 27 4:15 PM EST * New York Jets L 15–29 14–1 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
17 January 3, 2010 1:00 PM EST * at Buffalo Bills L 7–30 14–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
NOTES:

Division games are in bold text.

All game dates are on Sunday unless indicated otherwise.

Postseason[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2009–10 NFL playoffs.
Week Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game Site TV Recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 16 8:15 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (6) W 20–3 1–0 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
AFC Championship January 24 3:00 PM EST New York Jets (5) W 30–17 2–0 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
Super Bowl XLIV February 7 6:30 PM EST vs. New Orleans Saints (N1) L 17–31 2–1 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap

Standings[edit]

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Indianapolis Colts 14 2 0 .875 6–0 10–2 416 307 L2
Houston Texans 9 7 0 .563 1–5 6–6 388 333 W4
Tennessee Titans 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 354 402 W1
Jacksonville Jaguars 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 290 380 L4

Game notes[edit]

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary

With the win the Colts started out the season 1–0 and improved their regular season winning streak to 9 games.


Week 2: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 2: Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins – Game summary

With the win, not only did the Colts improve to 2–0, but Peyton Manning's 119th career victory would surpass Johnny Unitas for the most quarterback wins in franchise history. The win also helped the Colts' improved their winning streak to 10 games in the regular season. The Colts' offense would make the most of its time on the field, as they were only in the game for 14:53.


Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week 3: Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary

With the win the Colts improved to 3–0 and their regular season winning streak to 11 games.


Week 4: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week 4: Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary

With the win, the Colts improved to 4–0 and made their record 12 straight regular season games. Colts QB Peyton Manning would tie Fran Tarkenton for the third–most career touchdown passes in NFL history (342), behind only Brett Favre and Dan Marino. Also, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell would become the franchise's first rookie head coach since Lindy Infante in 1996 to win their first four games.


Week 5: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week 5: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans – Game summary

With the win the Colts improved to 5–0 into their bye week and increased their winning streak to 13 games.


Week 7: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 14 7 7 14 42
Rams 3 0 3 0 6

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Coming off their bye week, the Colts flew to the Edward Jones Dome for a Week 7 interconference duel with the St. Louis Rams. Indianapolis came out of the gates early in the first quarter as quarterback Peyton Manning completed a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The Rams would respond with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Josh Brown, yet the Colts answered with Manning hooking up with tight end Dallas Clark on a 22-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, running back Joseph Addai would acquire the only score of the second quarter with a six-yard touchdown.

St. Louis would begin the third quarter with Brown booting a 45-yard field goal, yet Indianapolis calmly responded with rookie cornerback Jacob Lacey returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown. Afterwards, the Colts closed out the game with Manning finding rookie wide receiver Austin Collie on an eight-yard touchdown pass and running back Chad Simpson getting a 31-yard touchdown run.

With the win, Indianapolis improved to 6–0 and increased their winning streak to 14 games.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • IND – Reggie Wayne six-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 8:50 (Matt Stover kick), Colts 7–0. Drive: 12 plays, 90 yards, 6:10.
      • STL – Josh Brown 30-yard field goal, 5:26. Colts 7–3. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 3:24.
      • IND – Dallas Clark 27-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 3:31 (Stover kick), Colts 14–3. Drive: 3 plays, 78 yards, 1:55.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • IND – Joseph Addai six-yard run (Stover kick), 1:57, Colts 21–3. Drive: 8 plays, 41 yards, 3:42.
    • 3rd Quarter
      • STL – Josh Brown 45-yard field goal, 5:07. Colts 21–6. Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, 3:56.
      • IND – Jacob Lacey 35-yard interception return (Stover kick), 1:00. Colts 28–6.
    • 4th Quarter
      • IND – Austin Collie eight-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 3:42 (Stover kick), Colts 35–6. Drive: 11 plays, 93 yards, 6:47.
      • IND – Chad Simpson 35-yard run, 2:29 (Stover kick), Colts 42–6. Drive: 1 play, 31 yards, 0:08.

Week 8: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 0 0 14
Colts 3 6 3 6 18

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Colts began three straight home games in Week 8 with an interconference duel against the San Francisco 49ers. Indianapolis would find themselves trailing in the first quarter as 49ers running back Frank Gore got a 64-yard touchdown run. The Colts answered with kicker Matt Stover getting a 38-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Indianapolis crept closer as Stover made a 33-yard field goal, yet San Francisco answered with quarterback Alex Smith completing an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis. The Colts closed out the half with a 31-yard field goal from Stover.

In the second half, Indianapolis narrowed San Francisco's lead to two as Stover booted a 40-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, they executed a halfback option play as running back Joseph Addai's threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Afterwards, the defense held off against the various comeback attempts from the 49ers.

With the win, the Colts improved to 7–0 for the fourth time in five seasons and they set a franchise record with 15 consecutive regular season wins.

Also, quarterback Peyton Manning (31/48 for 347 yards) joined Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and John Elway as the only players in NFL history to complete 4,000 career passes. In addition, he became the fastest to reach the milestone as he reached it in 183 games.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • SF – Frank Gore 64-yard run (Joe Nedney kick), 11:16, 49ers 7–0. Drive: 2 plays, 70 yards, 0:46.
      • IND – Matt Stover 38-yard field goal, 3:16. 49ers 7–3. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 4:40.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • IND – Matt Stover 33-yard field goal, 14:50. 49ers 7–6. Drive: 5 plays, 19 yards, 1:17.
      • SF – Vernon Davis 8-yard pass from Alex Smith, 0:38 (Nedney kick), 49ers 14–6. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 1:19.
      • IND – Matt Stover 31-yard field goal, 0:06, 49ers 14–9. Drive: 3 plays, 48 yards, 0:32.
    • 3rd Quarter
      • IND – Matt Stover 40-yard field goal, 9:34, 49ers 14–12. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 5:26.
    • 4th Quarter

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 3 7 7 17
Colts 10 3 0 7 20

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Coming off their win over the 49ers, the Colts stayed at home for a Week 9 AFC South duel with the Houston Texans. Indianapolis would get off to a fast start in the first quarter as quarterback Peyton Manning completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to running back Joseph Addai, followed by kicker Matt Stover nailing a 22-yard field goal. The Colts would add onto their lead in the second quarter as Stover booted a 37-yard field goal, while the Texans would close out the half with a 56-yard field goal from kicker Kris Brown.

In the third quarter, Houston began to rally as quarterback Matt Schaub found running back Ryan Moats on a one-yard touchdown pass. The Texans would take the lead in the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run from running back Steve Slaton, yet Indianapolis regained the lead with Addai's two-yard touchdown run. The Texans attempted to force the game into overtime with a 42-yard field goal attempt, which went wide left.

With the win, the Colts improved to 8–0 for the third time in five seasons as well as increasing their winning streak to 16 games.

Peyton Manning (34/50 for 318 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) would become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards in one decade.

Jim Caldwell would become the first rookie head coach to start 8–0 since Potsy Clark in 1931.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • IND – Joseph Addai 7-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 6:20 (Matt Stover kick), Colts 7–0. Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 4:39.
      • IND – Matt Stover 22-yard field goal, 3:58, Colts 10–0. Drive: 6 plays, 41 yards, 2:06.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • IND – Matt Stover 37-yard field goal, 12:50, Colts 13–0. Drive: 10 plays, 61 yards, 3:51.
      • HOU – Kris Brown 56-yard field goal, 0:01, Colts 13–3. Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 0:56.
    • 3rd Quarter
      • HOU – Ryan Moats 1-yard pass from Matt Schaub, 8:31 (Kris Brown kick), Colts 13–10. Drive: 12 plays, 86 yards, 6:29.
    • 4th Quarter
      • HOU – Steve Slaton 1-yard run, 14:58 (Kris Brown kick), Texans 17–13. Drive: 12 plays, 84 yards, 6:41.
      • IND – Joseph Addai 2-yard run, 7:11 (Matt Stover kick), Colts 20–17. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 3:49.

Week 10: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 17 0 10 34
Colts 7 7 0 21 35

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots set up for their rivalry game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts came in at 8–0 while the Patriots came in 6–2, both shooting for home field advantage during the playoffs. The Colts struck first with a 15-yard pass from Manning to Addai. However New England answered with 24 unanswered points in the first and second quarter. The Colts finally got back into the game with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne towards the end of the first half. The third quarter was scoreless with the Colts still trailing by 10, but the Patriots started the fourth with a touchdown pass to Randy Moss with the Patriots now leading 31–14. The Colts came back quickly scoring a touchdown, making it 31–21. After a New England field goal, the Colts scored a touchdown on an Addai run. The Patriots were still in the lead 34–28, however the Colts were hot with Peyton Manning ready to lead them to a win if the defense could hold the Patriot offense for one more drive. With less the two and a half minutes remaining in the game, the New England Patriots were faced with a fourth and two on the Indianapolis 28-yard line. Bill Belichick decided to go for it on a controversial play, where Brady threw to Kevin Faulk, who gained control of the ball behind the first down marker, forcing the Patriots to turn the ball over on downs. Having wasted their last time out on the preceding play and the play occurring before the two-minute warning, the Patriots couldn't challenge the ruling on the field. With a minute left Peyton Manning found Reggie Wayne for the touchdown to seal a 35–34 victory over the Patriots as the team improved to 9–0 and their winning streak continued with 17 games.

    • 2nd Quarter
      • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 31-yard field goal, 13:15, Patriots 10–7. Drive: 11 plays, 58 yards, 4:52.
      • NE – Randy Moss 63-yard pass from Tom Brady, 11:18 (Gostkowski kick), Patriots 17–7. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:51.
      • NE – Julian Edelman 9-yard pass from Tom Brady, 7:19, (Gostkowski kick) Patriots 24–7. Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 2:12.
      • IND – Reggie Wayne 20-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 4:17 (Stover kick), Patriots 24–14. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:02.
    • 4th Quarter
      • NE – Randy Moss five-yard pass from Tom Brady, 14:18 (Gostkowski kick), Patriots 31–14. Drive: 2 plays, 7 yards, 0:42.
      • IND – Pierre Garçon 29-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 12:14 (Stover kick), Patriots 31–21. Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards, 2:04.
      • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 36-yard field goal, 4:12, Patriots 34–21. Drive: 7 plays, 13 yards, 3:32.
      • IND – Joseph Addai four-yard run, 2:23 (Stover kick), Patriots 34–28. Drive: 6 plays, 79 yards, 1:49.
      • IND – Reggie Wayne 1-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 0:13 (Stover kick), Colts 35–34. Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 1:47.

Week 11: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 7 0 3 17
Ravens 6 6 0 3 15

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Following their comeback win over the Patriots, the Colts flew to M&T Bank Stadium for a Week 11 duel with the Baltimore Ravens. In the first quarter, Indianapolis got on the board first with quarterback Peyton Manning passing to tight end Dallas Clark for a three-yard touchdown. Baltimore would respond as kicker Billy Cundiff made a 46-yard and a 44-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Ravens took the lead with Cundiff nailing a 38-yard field goal, until the Colts came right back when running back Joseph Addai's five-yard touchdown run. The Ravens would close out the half with Cundiff booting a 36-yard field goal.

After a scoreless third quarter, Cundiff's 20-yard field goal gave the Ravens the lead again in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, Indianapolis would regain the lead again as former Baltimore kicker Matt Stover booted a 20-yard field goal.

With the win, the Colts would improve to 10–0, which includes a franchise-best nine-straight road win dating back to last season well as 18 straight wins overall.

Dallas Clark (1 reception for 3 yards and 1 TD) would break John Mackey's record for the most receptions by a Colts tight end with 321.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • IND – Dallas Clark 3-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 11:24 (Matt Stover kick), Colts 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 87 yards, 3:36.
      • BAL – Billy Cundiff 46-yard field goal, 5:41, Colts 7–3. Drive: 15 plays, 51 yards, 6:15.
      • BAL – Billy Cundiff 44-yard field goal, 4:06, Colts 7–6. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 0:52.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • BAL – Billy Cundiff 38-yard field goal, 4:48, Ravens 9–7. Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 3:50.
      • IND – Joseph Addai 5-yard run, 1:28 (Stover kick), Colts 14–9. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:15.
      • BAL – Billy Cundiff 36-yard field goal, 0:07, Colts 14–12. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 1:21.
    • 4th Quarter
      • BAL – Billy Cundiff 20-yard field goal, 10:16, Ravens 15–14. Drive: 15 plays, 65 yards, 8:05.
      • IND – Matt Stover 25-yard field goal, 7:06, Colts 17–15. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 2:58.

Week 12: at Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 7 21 35
Texans 14 6 0 7 27

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Coming off their road win against the Ravens, the Colts flew to Reliant Stadium for an AFC South showdown with the Texans, their second meeting of the season. Houston dominated throughout the first half, scoring 17 points. The Colts took over from there, scoring 35 points, one of which was an interception returned 27 yards by Clint Session.

With the win, the Colts went to 11–0and their winning streak improved to 19 games.

Also, with the win and Jacksonville's loss to San Francisco, the Colts clinched the AFC South division title, the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • HOU – Vonta Leach 7-yard pass from Matt Schaub, 8:31 (Kris Brown kick), Texans 7–0. Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, 6:35.
      • HOU – Chris Brown 5-yard run, 2:10 (Brown kick), Texans 14–0. Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards, 3:46.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • HOU – Kris Brown 35-yard field goal, 10:49. Texans 17–0. Drive: 7 plays, 12 yards, 2:41.
      • IND – Pierre Garçon 9-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 5:46 (Matt Stover kick), Texans 17–7. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 5:03.
      • HOU – Kris Brown 33-yard field goal, 1:00. Texans 20–7. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 4:46.
    • 3rd Quarter
      • IND – Reggie Wayne 4-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 11:20 (Stover kick), Texans 20–14. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:40.
    • 4th Quarter
      • IND – Dallas Clark 6-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 8:24 (Stover kick), Colts 21–20. Drive: 7 plays, 89 yards, 2:50.
      • IND – Clint Session 27-yard interception return, 8:09 (Stover kick), Colts 28–20.
      • IND – Chad Simpson 23-yard run, 2:52 (Stover kick), Colts 35–20. Drive: 4 plays, 37 yards, 1:43.
      • HOU – Jacoby Jones 10-yard pass from Matt Schaub, 0:18 (Stover kick), Colts 35–27. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 2:34.

Week 13: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 3 7 0 7 17
Colts 7 17 0 3 27

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Coming off their come-from-behind road win against Houston, the Colts went home for a divisional duel with the 5–6 Tennessee Titans. Indianapolis started off the scoring with an eight-yard run from Joseph Addai. The Titans came back with a 20-yard field goal by Rob Bironas. Indianapolis struck again in the second quarter on another Joseph Addai run, then again on a four-yard pass to Austin Collie. The Titans would hit paydirt next with 0:20 left in the half, but Indianapolis would close out the first half with a 43-yard field goal by Matt Stover. After a scoreless third quarter, the Colts would strike next on another field goal, this time from 36 yards. The Titans scored again on a 17-yard pass to Bo Scaife. The Titans regained possession on an onside kick, but the Colts Defense kept the Titans from scoring again.

With the win, the Colts went to 12–0

Also with the win, the Colts tied the 20062008 Patriots record for most consecutive regular season wins with 21.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • IND – Joseph Addai 8-yard run, 13:02 (Matt Stover kick), Colts 7–0. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:58.
      • TEN – Rob Bironas 20-yard field goal, 6:34. Colts 7–3. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 6:28.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • IND – Joseph Addai 1-yard run, 11:42 (Stover kick), Colts 14–3. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 3:56.
      • IND – Austin Collie 4-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 1:55 (Stover kick), Colts 21–3. Drive: 9 plays, 42 yards, 3:48.
      • TEN – Kenny Britt 6-yard pass from Vince Young, 0:20 (Bironas kick), Colts 21–10. Drive: 8 plays, 66 yards, 1:35.
      • IND – Matt Stover 43-yard field goal, 0:00, Colts 24–10. Drive: 4 plays, 38 yards, 0:20.
    • 3rd Quarter
      • None
    • 4th Quarter
      • IND – Matt Stover 36-yard field goal, 3:14, Colts 27–10. Drive: 15 plays, 69 yards, 7:23.
      • TEN – Bo Scaife 17-yard pass from Vince Young, 1:23 (Bironas kick), Colts 27–17. Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 1:51.

Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 0 9 16
Colts 14 7 0 7 28

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Colts improved their season record to 13–0 and broke the 20062008 Patriots record for most consecutive regular season wins with 22.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • IND – Austin Collie 5-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 9:06 (Matt Stover kick), Colts 7–0. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 5:54.
      • IND – Dallas Clark 10-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 5:04 (Stover kick), Colts 14–0. Drive: 7 plays, 56 yards, 2:24.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • IND – Dallas Clark 1-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 7:58 (Stover kick), Colts 21–0. Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 5:03.
      • DEN – Brandon Marshall 5-yard pass from Kyle Orton, 2:23 (Matt Prater kick), Colts 21–7. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:35.
    • 3rd Quarter
      • None
    • 4th Quarter
      • DEN – Matt Prater 28-yard field goal, 14:50, Colts 21–10. Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards, 1:02.
      • DEN – Brandon Marshall 5-yard pass from Kyle Orton, 9:44 (two-point conversion failed), Colts 21–16. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 4:44.
      • IND – Dallas Clark 1-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 2:25 (Stover kick), Colts 28–16. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:19.

Week 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 21 7 7 35
Jaguars 3 14 14 0 31

at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 8:20 PM EST
  • Game weather: 61°F (Mostly cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 63,753
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (NFLN): Bob Papa & Matt Millen
  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
      • JAC – Josh Scobee 50-yard field goal, 7:32, Jaguars 3–0. Drive: 13 plays, 41 yards, 7:33.
    • 2nd Quarter
      • IND – Dallas Clark 6-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 14:19 (Matt Stover kick), Colts 7–3. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 8:14.
      • JAC – Maurice Jones-Drew 9-yard pass from David Garrard, 8:34 (Scobee kick), Jaguars 10–7. Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 5:48.
      • IND – Chad Simpson 93-yard kickoff return, 8:25 (Stover kick), Colts 14–10.
      • JAC – Maurice Jones-Drew 3-yard run, 3:05 (Scobee kick), Jaguars 17–14. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 5:14.
      • IND – Austin Collie 23-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 0:40 (Stover kick), Colts 21–17. Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards, 2:23.
    • 3rd Quarter
      • JAC – Mike Sims-Walker 16-yard pass from David Garrard, 8:37 (Scobee kick), Jaguars 24–21. Drive: 9 plays, 39 yards, 3:45.
      • IND – Dallas Clark 27-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 5:37 (Stover kick), Colts 28–24. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:04.
      • JAC – Mike Thomas 13-yard pass from David Garrard, 0:53 (Scobee kick), Jaguars 28–31. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:41.
    • 4th Quarter
      • IND – Reggie Wayne 65-yard pass from Peyton Manning, 5:23 (Stover kick), Colts 35–31. Drive: 1 play, 65 yards, 8:37.

With the win the Colts improved to 14–0 and their winning streak improved to 23. Also, with the Saints' loss the Colts became the NFL's only undefeated team.

Week 16: vs. New York Jets[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 15 11 29
Colts 6 3 6 0 15

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

With this loss, the Colts ended their perfect season run and had a record of 14–1 heading into the last week of the regular season. The Colts also ended their 23–game regular season winning streak.

  • Scoring
    • 1st Quarter
    • 2nd Quarter
      • IND – Adam Vinatieri 22-yard field goal, 11:46. Colts 9–0. Drive: 10 plays, 86 yards, 4:45.
      • NYJ – Jay Feely 35-yard field goal, 1:44. Colts 9–3. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 4:38.
    • 3rd Quarter
    • 4th Quarter
      • NYJ – Jay Feely 43-yard field goal, 13:34. Jets 21–15. Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards, 2:03
      • NYJ – Thomas Jones 1-yard run, 5:38 (Braylon Edwards two-point conversion), Jets 29–15. Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, 6:14

Week 17: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 17: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills – Game summary

With the loss, the Colts finished the season with a league-best 14–2.


AFC Divisional vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

AFC Divisional: Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary

Entering the postseason as the AFC's #1 seed, the Colts began their playoff run at home in the AFC Divisional Round against the #6 Baltimore Ravens. Indianapolis would open the first quarter with a 44-yard field goal from former Ravens kicker Matt Stover. Baltimore would reply with a 25-yard field goal from kicker Billy Cundiff. In the second quarter, the Colts would deliver a big punch as quarterback Peyton Manning hooked up with rookie wide receiver Austin Collie on a 10-yard touchdown pass and then found wide receiver Reggie Wayne on a three-yard touchdown pass. After a scoreless third quarter, Indianapolis would add onto their lead with Stover's 33-yard field goal. From there, the defense kept forcing turnovers to prevail.


AFC Championship vs. New York Jets[edit]

AFC Championship: New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary

Coming off their divisional win over the Ravens, the Colts would stay at home for the AFC Championship Game against the #5 New York Jets. After a scoreless first quarter, Indianapolis would begin the second quarter with a 25-yard field goal from kicker Matt Stover. However, the Jets responded with quarterback Mark Sanchez completing an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Colts would come right back with Stover's 19-yard field goal, but New York answered with Sanchez's nine-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller, followed by kicker Jay Feely making a 48-yard field goal. Fortunately, Indianapolis would strike back as quarterback Peyton Manning found rookie wide receiver Austin Collie on a 16-yard touchdown pass.

The Colts would take the lead in the third quarter with Manning hooking up with wide receiver Pierre Garçon on a four-yard touchdown pass. Indianapolis would add onto their lead in the fourth quarter as Manning hooked up with tight end Dallas Clark on a 15-yard touchdown pass, followed by Stover's 21-yard field goal.

With the win, not only did the Colts improve their overall record to 16–2, but they would advance to their second Super Bowl in four years.


Super Bowl XLIV vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary

After the coin toss, the Saints wanted the ball first; however, this didn't help their first drive. The Colts drove the ball down the field with an attempt to score the first touchdown but was denied and forced Matt Stover to kick a 38 yard goal. But the Colts were not finished: on their next possession, Pierre Garcon caught a 19-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, and the Colts led 10–0 after fifteen minutes. In the second quarter, the Saints were forced to look upon Garrett Hartley for two field goals – a 46 yarder and a 44 yarder respectively – and the deficit was reduced to four points by halftime.

Kicking off the second half, the Saints caught Indy by surprise with the "Ambush" play (an onside kick in kickoff formation), which the Saints recovered, shifting the momentum to them. Pierre Thomas caught a 16 yard screen pass from Drew Brees and NO had their first lead of the game, 13–10 after the extra point. The Colts would not be denied from scoring again with the rushing attack of Joseph Addai, capping off the scoring drive with a 4-yard run. From here, however, the Saints would be denied. The Saints still stood by Hartley to keep the game close with a 47-yard field goal, taking the score to 17–16. In the fourth quarter, Jeremy Shockey caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees with Lance Moore catching a two-point conversion and the Saints led 24–17. In the end, it was the defense that came through when Tracy Porter intercepted and returned 74 yards for a touchdown to seal the win and the first Super Bowl title for the New Orleans Saints in their 44-year existence.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Player Position
AP NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning Quarterback
AP NFL All-Pro (first team) Peyton Manning Quarterback
Dallas Clark Tight end
Dwight Freeney Defensive end
AP NFL All-Pro (second team) Reggie Wayne Wide receiver
Pro Bowl Peyton Manning Quarterback
Reggie Wayne Wide receiver
Dallas Clark Tight end
Jeff Saturday Center
Dwight Freeney Defensive end
Robert Mathis Defensive end
Antoine Bethea Safety
AFC Player of the Week (week 9) Dallas Clark Tight end
AFC Player of the Week (week 10) Peyton Manning Quarterback
AFC Offensive Player of the Month (September 2009) Peyton Manning Quarterback
AFC Defensive Player of the Month (December 2009) Robert Mathis Defensive end

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 59 85 31 73 248
Colts 83 144 52 115 394

Criticism[edit]

In week 16, the Indianapolis Colts faced against the New York Jets with an undefeated record of 14–0, having already clinched home–field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the third quarter with a 15–10 lead, head coach Jim Caldwell benched Peyton Manning for Curtis Painter. The Jets forced Painter to fumble, then recovered it for a touchdown and turned into an 18–15 lead. Indianapolis never recovered, never put Manning into the game, and lost 29–15, ending the Colts' chance at an undefeated season. Manning's reaction was, "Until any player in here is the head coach, you follow orders and you follow them with all of your heart."[55] On fans' reaction to the game, Jeff Saturday stated, "I don't blame them a bit, man.. I probably would have booed, too. I don't blame them. They pay to come see us win games, and we didn't get it done."[56]

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