List of Indianapolis Colts seasons
The Indianapolis Colts, formerly the Baltimore Colts, are an American football team playing in the National Football League (NFL). This list documents the season-by-season records of the Colts franchise from 1953 to present, including postseason records and league awards for individual players or head coaches. In 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom gained the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The new team was named the Colts after the previous team that folded after the 1950 NFL season. After 31 seasons in Baltimore, Colts owner Robert Irsay moved the team to Indianapolis.
The Colts have won two Super Bowl championships (Super Bowl V and Super Bowl XLI). They also played in and lost Super Bowl III and Super Bowl XLIV. Before the AFL and NFL merged in 1970, they won three NFL Championships (1958, 1959, and 1968). By winning Super Bowl XLI the Colts became the first team that played its home games in a domed stadium to win a Super Bowl held in an outdoor stadium.
After the Colts owner Jim Irsay hired Tony Dungy in 2002, the Colts made the playoffs for nine straight seasons. They won five straight AFC South titles from 2003 to 2007 and had seven consecutive seasons of 12 or more victories from 2003 to 2009, the first time that has been achieved in the NFL's 90-year history. Much of the team's success throughout the 2000s was attributed to the trio of general manager Bill Polian, coach Dungy, and quarterback Peyton Manning.
|NFL champions (1920–1969) †||Super Bowl champions (1970–present) ‡||Conference champions *||Division champions §||Wild card berth ¤||One-game playoff berth ^|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season[a]||Postseason results||Awards[b][c]|
|Baltimore Colts (1953–1983)|
|1955||1955||NFL||Western||—||4th||5||6||1||Alan Ameche (OROY)|
|1956||1956||NFL||Western||—||4th||5||7||0||Lenny Moore (OROY)|
|1958||1958||NFL †||Western *||—||1st *||9||3||0||Won NFL Championship (1)[d] (Giants) 23–17 †|
|1959||1959||NFL †||Western *||—||1st *||9||3||0||Won NFL Championship (2) (Giants) 31–16 †|
|1964||1964||NFL||Western *||—||1st *||12||2||0||Lost NFL Championship (Browns) 27–0||Johnny Unitas (MVP)
Don Shula (COY)
|1965||1965||NFL||Western||—||2nd ^||10||3||1||Lost Conference Playoff Game (Packers) 13–10|
|1967[e]||1967||NFL||Western||Coastal||2nd||11||1||2||Johnny Unitas (MVP)
Don Shula (COY)
|1968||1968||NFL †||Western *||Coastal §||1st §||13||1||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 24–14
Won NFL Championship (3) (Browns) 34–0
Lost Super Bowl III (Jets) 16–7 †
|Earl Morrall (MVP)
Don Shula (COY)
|1970||1970||NFL ‡||AFC *||AFC East §||1st §||11||2||1||Won Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 17–0
Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 27–17
Won Super Bowl V (4) (Cowboys) 16–13 ‡
|Johnny Unitas (WP MOY)|
|1971||1971||NFL||AFC||East||2nd ¤||10||4||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 20–3
Lost Conference Championship (Dolphins) 21–0
|1975||1975||NFL||AFC||East §||1st[f] §||10||4||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 28–10||Ted Marchibroda (COY)|
|1976||1976||NFL||AFC||East §||1st[g] §||11||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 40–14||Bert Jones (MVP, OPOY)|
|1977||1977||NFL||AFC||East §||1st[h] §||10||4||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 37–31 (2OT)[i]|
|1983||1983||NFL||AFC||East||4th||7||9||0||Vernon Leroy Maxwell (DROY)|
|Indianapolis Colts (1984–Present)|
|1985||1985||NFL||AFC||East||4th||5||11||0||Duane Bickett (DROY)|
|1987||1987||NFL||AFC||East §||1st[k] §||9||6||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 38–21|
|1994||1994||NFL||AFC||East||3rd||8||8||0||Marshall Faulk (OROY)|
|1995||1995||NFL||AFC||East||2nd ¤||9||7||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 35–20
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs) 10–7
Lost Conference Championship (Steelers) 20–16
|Jim Harbaugh (CBPOY)|
|1996||1996||NFL||AFC||East||3rd ¤||9||7||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 42–14|
|1999||1999||NFL||AFC||East §||1st §||13||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Titans) 19–16||Edgerrin James (OROY)|
|2000||2000||NFL||AFC||East||2nd ¤||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Dolphins) 23–17 (OT)|
|2002||2002||NFL||AFC||AFC South||2nd ¤||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 41–0|
|2003||2003||NFL||AFC||South §||1st §||12||4||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 41–10
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs) 38–31
Lost Conference Championship (Patriots) 24–14
|Peyton Manning (MVP)|
|2004||2004||NFL||AFC||South §||1st §||12||4||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 49–24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 20–3
|Peyton Manning (MVP, OPOY)|
|2005||2005||NFL||AFC||South §||1st §||14||2||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 21–18||Peyton Manning (WP MOY)|
|2006||2006||NFL ‡||AFC *||South §||1st §||12||4||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 23–8
Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 15–6
Won Conference Championship (Patriots) 38–34
Won Super Bowl XLI (5) (Bears) 29–17 ‡
|Peyton Manning (SB MVP)|
|2007||2007||NFL||AFC||South §||1st §||13||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 28–24[l]||Bob Sanders (DPOY)|
|2008||2008||NFL||AFC||South||2nd ¤||12||4||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Chargers) 23–17 (OT)||Peyton Manning (MVP)|
|2009||2009||NFL||AFC *||South §||1st §||14||2||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Ravens) 20–3
Won Conference Championship (Jets) 30–17
Lost Super Bowl XLIV (Saints) 31–17
|Peyton Manning (MVP)|
|2010||2010||NFL||AFC||South §||1st §||10||6||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 17–16|
|2012||2012||NFL||AFC||South||2nd ¤||11||5||0||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 24–9||Bruce Arians (COY)|
|2013||2013||NFL||AFC||South §||1st §||11||5||0||Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 45–44
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 43–22
|Baltimore Colts regular season record (1953–1983)||222||194||7||.533|
|Indianapolis Colts regular season record (1984–2013)||253||226||0||.528|
|All-time regular season record (1953–2013)||475||420||7||.530|
|Baltimore Colts post-season record (1953–1983)||8||7||—||.533|
|Indianapolis Colts post-season record (1984–2013)||12||14||—||.462|
|All-time post-season record (1953–2013)||20||21||—||.488|
|All-time regular and post-season record||495||441||7||.529|
- a The Finish, Won, Lost, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular season and postseason results are combined only at the bottom of the list.
- b All regular season MVPs listed are the Associated Press MVP. For the full list of other MVPs see National Football League Most Valuable Player Award.
- c All Coach of the Year Awards listed are the Associated Press award. For the full list of other coaching awards see National Football League Coach of the Year Award.
- d This game would be later known as The Greatest Game Ever Played.
- e The 1967 NFL season marks the first season in the league's history where the league was divided into two conferences which were subdivided into two divisions. Up to 1967, the league was either divided into two divisions, two conferences, or neither.
- f The Colts and Dolphins finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on a head-to-head sweep (2–0).
- g The Colts and Patriots finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of New England based on a better division record (7–1 to Patriots' 6–2).
- h The Colts and Dolphins finished tied. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (9–3 to Dolphins' 8–4).
- i The game involved the infamous Ghost to the Post play.
- j 1982 was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.
- k A 24 day players' strike reduced the 16-game season to 15, causing week 3 to be canceled.
- l This was the last game played in the RCA Dome.
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- "Shula Is Top Boss". Ocala Star-Banner. December 19, 1968. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
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- "Unitas Voted NFL's Man Of The Year". The Morning Record. Associated Press. January 11, 1971. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
- "Marchibroda is top coach". Rome News-Tribune. Associated Press. January 11, 1976. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
- "Colts' quarterback Bert Jones named 'Most Valuable Player'". Daily Union. Associated Press. December 30, 1976. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
- "Colts' linebacker named Defensive Rookie of Year". The Sumter Daily Item. Associated Press. December 22, 1983. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
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- "Faulk runs away with Associated Press rookie honor". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press. December 28, 1994. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
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- 2000 National Football League Record & Fact Book, p. 294.
- 2000 National Football League Record & Fact Book, p. 293.
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