2012 Indianapolis Colts season

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2012 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach

Chuck Pagano

Bruce Arians (Interim HC while Pagano recovered from leukemia)
General manager Ryan Grigson
Owner Jim Irsay
Home field Lucas Oil Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC South
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card (Ravens) 24–9
Pro Bowlers WR Reggie Wayne
OLB Robert Mathis
QB Andrew Luck
Timeline
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The 2012 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 60th season in the National Football league and the 29th in Indianapolis. The Colts earned the first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft due to a dismal 2–14 record in 2011 and used their first pick on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.[1] The season marked the first for both head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson with the franchise.[2][3] Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as interim head coach while Pagano underwent treatment for leukemia from week 5–16; he returned, with his cancer in remission, during the final week of the regular season. The team went 9–3 under Arians.[4] The Colts earned a playoff berth, but were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round.

Personnel changes[edit]

On January 2, 2012, one day after the final game of the 2011 season, Colts owner Jim Irsay fired team Vice Chairman Bill Polian (who had been the team's general manager since 1998) and his son, team Vice President and general manager Chris Polian. Nine days later (January 11), Ryan Grigson was named the new general manager. Head coach Jim Caldwell was fired on January 17, 2012. Eight days later (January 25), former Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano agreed to becoming the Colts new head coach.

Roster changes[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2 34 Coby Fleener TE Stanford
3 64 Dwayne Allen TE Clemson
92[a] T. Y. Hilton WR Florida Intl
5 136 Josh Chapman NT Alabama
170[c] Vick Ballard RB Mississippi State
6[b] 206[c] LaVon Brazill WR Ohio University
7 208 Justin Anderson G Georgia
214[b] Tim Fugger DE Vanderbilt
253[c] Chandler Harnish QB Northern Illinois
Notes
^[a] During the draft, the Colts traded up five spots from the fourth-round (#97) to the third-round (#92), with the team sending a 2013 fifth-round selection to the San Francisco 49ers.
^[b] The Colts traded their original sixth-round selection—#172 overall—to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for tackle Winston Justice and the Eagles' sixth round selection—#187 overall.[5] The Colts later traded the #187 overall selection to the New York Jets in exchange for quarterback Drew Stanton and a seventh-round selection (#214 overall).[6]
^[c] Compensatory selections.[7]

Undrafted free agents[edit]

All undrafted free agents were signed just after the 2012 NFL Draft concluded on April 28.[8]

Position Player College Notes
DT James Aiono Utah
DT Chigbo Anunoby Morehouse College
OL Jason Foster Rhode Island
LB Chris Galippo USC
T Steve Baker East Carolina
WR Griff Whalen Stanford
CB Micah Pellerin Hampton
CB Antonio Fenelus Wisconsin
CB Cameron Chism Maryland
DB Buddy Jackson Pittsburgh
OL Hayworth Hicks Iowa State
WR Jabin Sambrano Montana
S Matt Merletti North Carolina
P Brian Stahovich San Diego State
DE Kevin Eagan Endicott
S Latarrius Thomas Eastern Michigan

Departures[edit]

Position Player Tag 2012 Team Notes
QB Peyton Manning UFA Denver Broncos Released by Colts, later signed by Broncos.[9][10]
QB Curtis Painter UFA Baltimore Ravens Released by Colts, later signed by Ravens.[11]
QB Dan Orlovsky UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers Released by Colts, later signed by Buccaneers.[12]
WR Pierre Garçon UFA Washington Redskins Released by Colts, later signed by Redskins.[13][14]
WR Blair White UFA Released by Colts.
RB Joseph Addai UFA New England Patriots Released by Colts, signed by Patriots.
FB Jerome Felton UFA Minnesota Vikings Released by Colts, signed with Vikings.
WR Anthony Gonzalez UFA New England Patriots Released by Colts, signed by Patriots.[15]
TE Dallas Clark UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers Released by Colts, signed by Buccaneers[16]
TE Jacob Tamme UFA Denver Broncos Released by Colts, signed with Broncos.[17]
C Jeff Saturday UFA Green Bay Packers Released by Colts, signed by Packers.
DE Jamaal Anderson UFA Cincinnati Bengals Released by Colts, signed by Bengals.
CB Jacob Lacey UFA Detroit Lions Untendered as a Restricted Free Agent, later signed by Lions.[18]
LB Gary Brackett UFA Released by Colts.
DB Melvin Bullitt UFA Released by Colts.

Additions[edit]

Position Player Tag 2011 team Notes
WR Donnie Avery UFA Tennessee Titans Signed on March 25, 2012.[19]
LB Jerrell Freeman UFA Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) Signed on January 16, 2012
C/G Mike McGlynn UFA Cincinnati Bengals Signed on March 15, 2012
NT Brandon McKinney UFA Baltimore Ravens Signed on April 4, 2012.[20]
TE Kyle Miller UFA None Signed on April 3, 2012.[21]
LS Matt Overton UFA Omaha Nighthawks (UFL) Signed on April 3, 2012.[22]
DE Cory Redding UFA Baltimore Ravens Signed on March 14, 2012.[23]
C Samson Satele UFA Oakland Raiders Signed on March 22, 2012.[24]
QB Trevor Vittatoe UFA Tampa Bay Storm (AFL) Signed on March 8, 2012
SS Tom Zbikowski UFA Baltimore Ravens Signed on March 16, 2012.[25]
TE Dominique Jones UFA Reading Express (IFL) Signed on April 30, 2012.[26]
RB Deji Karim WVR Jacksonville Jaguars Claimed on April 30, 2012.[26]
TE Andre Smith WVR Chicago Bears Claimed on May 15, 2012.[27]
C/G Zane Taylor WVR Philadelphia Eagles Claimed on May 18, 2012.[28]
RB Mewelde Moore UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Signed on June 19, 2012.[29]
CB D.J. Johnson Trade Philadelphia Eagles Traded for on July 22, 2012.[30]
CB Vontae Davis Trade Miami Dolphins Traded for on August 26, 2012.[31]

Staff[edit]

2012 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 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
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 1:30 p.m. EDT St. Louis Rams W 38–3 1–0 Lucas Oil Stadium NFLN/WNDY Recap
2 August 19 8:00 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–26 1–1 Heinz Field NBC Recap
3 August 25 4:00 p.m. EDT at Washington Redskins L 17–30 1–2 FedEx Field NFLN/WNDY Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. EDT Cincinnati Bengals W 20–16 2–2 Lucas Oil Stadium WNDY Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:00 p.m. EDT at Chicago Bears L 21–41 0–1 Soldier Field CBS Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. EDT Minnesota Vikings W 23–20 1–1 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 23 1:00 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Jaguars L 17–22 1–2 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
4 Bye
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. EDT Green Bay Packers W 30–27 2–2 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. EDT at New York Jets L 9–35 2–3 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 21 1:00 p.m. EDT Cleveland Browns W 17–13 3–3 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
8 October 28 1:00 p.m. EDT at Tennessee Titans W 19–13 (OT) 4–3 LP Field CBS Recap
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. EST Miami Dolphins W 23–20 5–3 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 8 8:20 p.m. EST at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27–10 6–3 EverBank Field NFLN[a] Recap
11 November 18 4:25 p.m. EST[32] at New England Patriots L 24–59 6–4 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 25 1:00 p.m. EST Buffalo Bills W 20–13 7–4 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 2 1:00 p.m. EST at Detroit Lions W 35–33 8–4 Ford Field CBS Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. EST Tennessee Titans W 27–23 9–4 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 16 1:00 p.m. EST at Houston Texans L 17–29 9–5 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 23 1:00 p.m. EST at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–13 10–5 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. EST Houston Texans W 28–16 11–5 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates a division opponent.
^[a] Simulcast locally on WTHR.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 6, 2013 1:00 p.m. EST at Baltimore Ravens (4) L 9–24 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap

Game notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week One: Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 7 0 7 21
Bears 7 17 10 7 41

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: September 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,341
  • Referee: Wayne Elliott
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CHI – (10:33) Brandon Marshall 3-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 14–7
  • CHI – (5:32) Robbie Gould 35-yard field goal, Bears 17–7
  • IND – (3:17) Donald Brown 18-yard run (Adam Vinatieri kick), Bears 17–14
  • CHI – (0:44) Michael Bush 1-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 24–14
Third quarter
  • CHI – (11:52) Matt Forte 6-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 31–14
  • CHI – (10:02) Robbie Gould 26-yard field goal, Bears 34–14
Fourth quarter
  • IND – (10:20) Donnie Avery 4-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick), Bears 34–21
  • CHI – (6:08) Alshon Jeffery 42-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 41–21
Top passers
  • IND – Andrew Luck – 23/45, 309 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
  • CHI – Jay Cutler – 21/35, 333 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • IND – Donald Brown – 9 carries, 48 yards, 1 touchdown
  • CHI – Matt Forte – 16 carries, 80 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Andrew Luck takes the snap

The Colts began their season on the road against the Bears. The game was highly hyped due to the start of the career of rookie QB Andrew Luck. The Colts drew first blood in the first quarter as Jerrell Freeman returned an interception 3 yards for a touchdown and a 7–0 lead. However, the Bears tied the game with Michael Bush's 1-yard run to tie the game at 7–7. In the 2nd quarter, the Bears took the lead as Brandon Marshall caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to make the score 14–7. They then increased their lead when Robbie Gould scored a 35-yard field goal to make the score 17–7. The Colts drew closer to shorten the lead to 3 with Donald Brown's 18-yard touchdown run to make the score 17–14. However with just seconds before halftime, the Bears drove down the field while Michael Bush ran in on a 1-yard touchdown for a 24–14 halftime lead. In the 3rd quarter the Bears gained momentum once more with Matt Forte's 6-yard touchdown run for a 31–14 lead and then Robbie Gould's 26-yard field goal for a 34–14 lead. In the fourth quarter, Luck threw his first touchdown pass of the regular season. A 4-yard pass to Donnie Avery to shorten the lead to 34–21. However, the Bears capitalized the victory with Cutler's 42-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery for a final score of 41–21.

With the loss, the Colts began their season 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Two: Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 3 0 14 20
Colts 7 10 3 3 23

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 63,912
  • Referee: Don King
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIN – (11:38) Blair Walsh 29 Yard FG, Colts 7–6
  • IND – (1:49) Adam Vinatieri 26 Yard FG, Colts 10–6
  • IND – (0:07) Reggie Wayne 30 Yard TD Pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick), Colts 17–6
Third quarter
  • IND – (7:06) Adam Vinatieri 45 Yard FG, Colts 20–6
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – (5:07) Stephen Burton 7 Yard TD Pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), Colts 20–13
  • MIN – (0:31) Kyle Rudolph 6 Yard TD Pass from Christian Ponder (Blair Walsh kick), 20–20
  • IND – (0:08) Adam Vinatieri 53 Yard FG, Colts 23–20
Top passers
  • MIN – Christian Ponder – 27/35, 245 yards, 2 TD
  • IND – Andrew Luck – 20/31, 224 yards, 2 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After a tough loss to the Bears, the Colts returned home to take on the Vikings. The Vikes took the lead as Blair Walsh nailed a field goal from 51 yards out for a score of 3–0. However, the Colts made it 7–3 with Andrew Luck's 3-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen. The Vikings came within a point as Blair Walsh kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 7–6 score. However, the Colts moved further ahead as Vinatieri scored a 26-yard field goal, followed by Andrew Luck's 30-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne for leads of 10–6 and then 17–6 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the Colts increased their lead when Vinatieri scored a 45-yard field goal to make the score 20–6. However, in the fourth quarter the Vikings were able to score 2 straight touchdowns with Christian Ponder's 7-yard pass to Stephen Burton to make the score 20–13 and then a 6-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph to tie the game at 20–20. With 8 seconds left, the Colts drove down the field and wrapped the game up with Vinatieri 53-yard field goal for a final score of 23–20.

With the win, the Colts improved to 1–1 and remain undefeated at home against the Vikings as a franchise.

Week 3: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Three: Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 3 0 10 9 22
Colts 7 7 0 3 17

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 63,536
  • Referee: Donovan Briggans
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • IND – (0:37) Mewelde Moore 4-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick), Colts 14–3
Third quarter
  • JAC – (12:05) Maurice Jones-Drew 59-yard rush (Josh Scobee kick), Colts 14–10
  • JAC – (2:55) Josh Scobee 47-yard field goal, Colts 14–13
Fourth quarter
  • JAC – (11:02) Josh Scobee 26-yard field goal, Jaguars 16–14
  • IND – (0:56) Adam Vinatieri 37-yard field goal, Colts 17–16
  • JAC – (0:45) Cecil Shorts III 80-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert (two-point conversion failed), Jaguars 22–16
Top passers
  • JAC – Blaine Gabbert – 10/21, 155 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions
  • IND – Andrew Luck – 22/46, 313 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

After the tough home win over the Vikings, the Colts stayed home for a division rival duel against the Jaguars. Scoring started early as the Jags drew first blood scoring a 44-yard field goal from Josh Scobee to take a 3–0 lead. However, the Colts took the lead with Andrew Luck's 40-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton for a 7–3 lead. The Colts increased their lead in the 2nd quarter with Andrew Luck's 4-yard touchdown pass to Mewelde Moore for a 14–3 halftime lead. In the 3rd quarter, the Jaguars were able to fire back as Maurice Jones-Drew ran in a touchdown from 59 yards out to cut the lead to 14–10. Followed up quickly by Scobee's 47-yard field goal to shorten the lead to a point 14–13. In the fourth quarter, the Jags were able to take the lead with Scobee kicking a 26-yard field goal for a 16–14 lead. The Colts however retook the lead with Vinateri's 37-yard field goal for a 17–16 lead. But then the Jags were able to complete the comeback attempt 11 seconds later with Blaine Gabbert's touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts III (with a failed 2-point conversion) to make the final score 22–17.

With the loss, the Colts went into their bye week at 1–2.

Week 5: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 14 0 6 27
Colts 0 3 16 11 30

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 67,020
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • IND – (11:06) Dwayne Allen 8-yard pass from Andrew Luck, Packers 21–10
  • IND – (7:42) Adam Vinateri 50-yard field goal, Packers 21–13
  • IND – (0:18) Andrew Luck 3-yard run (two-point conversion failed), Packers 21–19
Fourth quarter
  • IND – (8:04) Adam Vinateri 28-yard field goal, Colts 22–21
  • GB – (4:30) James Jones 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (two-point conversion failed), Packers 27–22
  • IND – (0:35) Reggie Wayne 4-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Donald Brown two-point conversion run), Colts 30–27
Top passers
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 20/32, 235 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • IND – Andrew Luck – 31/55, 362 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • GB – Alex Green – 10 carries, 63 yards, 0 touchdowns
  • IND – Donald Brown – 17 carries, 84 yards, 0 touchdowns
Top receivers
  • GB – Randall Cobb – 4 receptions, 82 yards, 1 touchdown
  • IND – Reggie Wayne – 13 receptions, 212 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

Coming off their bye week, the Colts stayed home for a duel against the Packers. Scoring got off to an early start as John Kuhn ran for a 2-yard touchdown to take a 7–0 lead. In the 2nd quarter, the Packers increased their lead with Aaron Rodgers's 6-yard touchdown pass to James Jones to make the score 14–0. After this, the Colts finally got on the board with Vinatieri's 24-yard field goal to make the score 14–3. However, the Packers pulled away as Aaron Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb for a 31-yard touchdown pass to take a 21–3 halftime lead. After the break, the Colts began to fire back As Andrew Luck connected with Dawyne Allen on an 8-yard touchdown pass, followed by Vinatieri's 50-yard field goal and then Luck's 3-yard rushing touchdown (with a failed 2-point conversion) to shorten the lead to 21–10, 21–13, and then 21–19. In the 4th quarter the Colts took the lead as Vinatieri kicked a 28-yard field goal for a 1-point lead 22–21. However, the Packers again retook the lead as Rodgers found Jones again for an 8-yard touchdown pass (with a failed 2-point conversion) and led 27–22. However, the Colts were able to capitalize the comeback victory with Luck's 4-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with the 2-point conversion successful and win the game 30–27. This game was rated #7 on the Top 20 NFL Games of 2012 on NFL.com, as Wayne's World.[33]

With the win, the Colts improved to 2–2.

Week 6: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Six: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 3 0 3 9
Jets 0 21 7 7 35

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYJ – (14:13) Stephen Hill 5-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 7–3
  • NYJ – (9:47) Shonn Greene 10-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 14–3
  • IND – (6:06) Adam Vinateri 50-yard field goal, Jets 14–6
  • NYJ – (0:27) Jason Hill 5-yard pass from March Sanchez, Jets 21–6
Third quarter
  • NYJ – (1:36) Shonn Greene 4-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 28–6
Fourth quarter
  • IND – (14:40) Adam Vinateri 47-yard field goal, Jets 28–9
  • NYJ – (1:05) Shonn Greene 2-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 35–9
Top passers
  • IND – Andrew Luck – 22/44, 280 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 11/18, 82 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Top rushers
  • IND – Vick Ballard – 8 carries, 25 yards, 0 touchdowns
  • NYJ – Shonn Greene – 32 carries, 161 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top receivers
  • IND – Reggie Wayne – 5 receptions, 87 yards, 0 touchdowns
  • NYJ – Jeremy Kerley – 3 receptions, 24 yards, 0 touchdowns
Top tacklers

After their tough home win over the Packers, the Colts traveled to take on the Jets at Metlife Stadium. The Colts scoring took off in the first quarter with Adam Vinatieri's 20-yard field goal to take a 3–0 lead. However, the Jets took the lead in the 2nd quarter with Mark Sanchez looking up with Stephen Hill for a 5-yard touchdown pass for a 7–3 lead. They would later increase their lead with Shonn Greene's 10-yard run for a 14–3 lead. However, the Colts were able to draw closer with Vinatieri's 50-yard field goal to make the score 14–6. However the Jets pulled away as Sanchez found Jason Hill on a 5-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21–6 at halftime. The Jets went back to work as Shonn Greene ran for a 4-yard touchdown to make the score 28–6. The Colts scored another field goal from Vinateri from 47 yards out to make the score 28–9, however the Jets wrapped the game up with Shonn Greene's 2-yard touchdown run to make the final score 35–9.

With the huge loss, the Colts fell to 2–3 while rookie QB Andrew Luck would have his first career game without a single touchdown pass.

Week 7: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Seven: Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 6 7 0 13
Colts 7 7 3 0 17

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CLE –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • CLE –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • CLE –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • CLE –
  • IND –

Week 8: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Eight: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Colts 3 0 3 7 6 19
Titans 3 7 0 3 0 13

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,143
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
Top passers
  • IND –
  • TEN –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • TEN –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • TEN –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • TEN –

Week 9: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Nine: Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 14 0 3 20
Colts 7 6 7 3 23

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 66,479
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • IND –

Week 10: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Ten: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 14 7 3 27
Jaguars 0 3 0 7 10

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • JAC –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • JAC –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • JAC –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • JAC –

Week 11: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Eleven: Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 14 3 0 7 24
Patriots 7 17 14 21 59

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST[32]
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), clear and cool
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • NE –

Week 12: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Twelve: Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 3 0 7 13
Colts 7 6 7 0 20

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 64,366
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter-
  • IND-(9:56)-TY Hilton- 75 Yard Punt Return (Adam Vinateri Kick) Colts 7–0
  • BUF-(4:28)-Ryan Lindell- 33 Yard Field Goal Colts 7–3
Second quarter-
Third quarter-
Fourth quarter-
Top passers
  • BUF – Ryan Fitzpatrick: 17/33, 180 yards 1 Touch Down, 1 Interception
  • IND – Andrew Luck: 20/37, 240 yards, 1 Touch Down, 1 Interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 13: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Thirteen: Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 7 7 14 35
Lions 10 13 7 3 33

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,887
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • DET –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • DET –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • DET –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • DET –

Week 14: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Fourteen: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 7 13 0 3 23
Colts 7 0 14 6 27

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 64,688
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TEN –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • TEN –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • TEN –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • IND –

Week 15: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week Fifteen: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 10 7 0 17
Texans 10 10 3 6 29

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,702
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • HOU –

Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Sixteen: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 6 0 7 20
Chiefs 3 0 10 0 13

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 25 °F (−4 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,938
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • KC –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • KC –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • KC –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • KC –

Week 17: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week Seventeen: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 3 10 0 16
Colts 7 7 7 7 28

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 66,957
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • IND –

Postseason[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #4 Baltimore Ravens[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #5 Indianapolis Colts at #4 Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 6 3 0 9
Ravens 0 10 7 7 24

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: January 6, 2013
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,379
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • BAL –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • BAL –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • BAL –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • BAL –

Standings[edit]

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Houston Texans(3) 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 416 331 L2
Indianapolis Colts(5) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 357 387 W2
Tennessee Titans 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 330 471 W1
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 255 444 L5

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