1966 Baltimore Colts season

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1966 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Don Shula
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 9–5
Division place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff finish Won Playoff Bowl
(Eagles, 20–14)

The 1966 Baltimore Colts season was the 14th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1966 season with a record of 9 wins and 5 losses and finished second in the Western Conference.

Roster[edit]

1966 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 10 at Green Bay Packers L   3–24 0–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
48,650
2 September 18 at Minnesota Vikings W 38–23 1–1 Metropolitan Stadium
47,426
3 September 25 San Francisco 49ers W 36–14 2–1 Memorial Stadium
56,715
4 October 2 Bye
5 October 9 at Chicago Bears L 17–27 2–2 Wrigley Field
47,452
6 October 16 Detroit Lions W 45–14 3–2 Memorial Stadium
60,238
7 October 23 Minnesota Vikings W 20–17 4–2 Memorial Stadium
60,238
8 October 30 at Los Angeles Rams W 17–3 5–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
57,898
9 November 6 Washington Redskins W 37–10 6–2 Memorial Stadium
60,238
10 November 13 at Atlanta Falcons W 19–7 7–2 Atlanta Stadium
58,850
11 November 20 at Detroit Lions L 14–20 7–3 Tiger Stadium
52,383
12 November 27 Los Angeles Rams L   7–23 7–4 Memorial Stadium
60,238
13 December 4 Chicago Bears W 21–16 8–4 Memorial Stadium
60,238
14 December 10 Green Bay Packers L 10–14 8–5 Memorial Stadium
60,238
15 December 18 at San Francisco 49ers W 30–14 9–5 Kezar Stadium
40,005
  • A bye week was necessary in 1966, as the league expanded to an odd-number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 12 2 0 .857 10–2 335 163 W5
Baltimore Colts 9 5 0 .643 7–5 314 226 W1
Los Angeles Rams 8 6 0 .571 6–6 289 212 L1
San Francisco 49ers 6 6 2 .500 5–5–2 320 325 L1
Chicago Bears 5 7 2 .417 4–6–2 234 272 W1
Detroit Lions 4 9 1 .308 3–8–1 206 317 L3
Minnesota Vikings 4 9 1 .308 4–7–1 206 304 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 4: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 3 7 7 17
Bears 10 0 10 7 27

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

Week 13: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 0 0 7 14
Colts 0 10 0 0 10

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, in relief of Bart Starr, who suffered a muscle spasm in the first half, directed an 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in a go-ahead touchdown run by Elijah Pitts for the Packers. John Unitas then led the Colts to the Green Bay 15, but there lost a fumble which came to be known as the 'Million Dollar Fumble', to secure the Packers' win that clinched the Western Conference title for Green Bay.[1]

Playoff Bowl[edit]

Main article: Playoff Bowl
Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
January 8, 1967 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–14 Orange Bowl
58,088

[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE $1,000,000 FUMBLE". Sports Illustrated. December 19, 1966. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369