1978 Baltimore Colts season
|1978 Baltimore Colts season|
|Head coach||Ted Marchibroda|
|General manager||Dick Szymanski|
|Home field||Memorial Stadium|
|Division place||T-4th AFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1978 Baltimore Colts season was the 26th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Colts finished the 1978 season with a record of 5 wins and 11 losses, and tied for fourth in the AFC East division with the Buffalo Bills. The Colts lost the tiebreaker to Buffalo based on head-to-head series (0–2).
Baltimore started the season in catastrophic fashion, losing their first two games by a combined score of 80–0. The Colts' first win of the season, a Week Three victory over New England on Monday Night Football, is one of the biggest regular-season upsets in NFL history. The Patriots were favored by an overwhelming 17.5 points, but the Colts scored 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a 90-yard kickoff return by running back Joe Washington with under a minute left to take the lead for good. In the game, Washington became the first player to throw a touchdown, catch a pass for a touchdown, and return a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game.
|1978 Baltimore Colts staff|
Special teams coaches
|1978 Baltimore Colts roster|
|1||September 4, 1978||at Dallas Cowboys||L 0–38||0–1||Texas Stadium||
|2||September 10, 1978||Miami Dolphins||L 0–42||0–2||Memorial Stadium||
|3||September 18, 1978||at New England Patriots||W 34–27||1–2||Schaefer Stadium||
|4||September 24, 1978||at Buffalo Bills||L 17–24||1–3||Rich Stadium||
|5||October 1, 1978||Philadelphia Eagles||L 14–17||1–4||Memorial Stadium||
|6||October 8, 1978||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 30–17||2–4||Busch Memorial Stadium||
|7||October 15, 1978||New York Jets||L 10–33||2–5||Memorial Stadium||
|8||October 22, 1978||Denver Broncos||W 7–6||3–5||Memorial Stadium||
|9||October 29, 1978||at Miami Dolphins||L 8–26||3–6||Miami Orange Bowl||
|10||November 6, 1978||Washington Redskins||W 21–17||4–6||Memorial Stadium||
|11||November 12, 1978||at Seattle Seahawks||W 17–14||5–6||Kingdome||
|12||November 19, 1978||Cleveland Browns||L 24–45||5–7||Memorial Stadium||
|13||November 26, 1978||New England Patriots||L 14–35||5–8||Memorial Stadium||
|14||December 3, 1978||at New York Jets||L 17–30||5–9||Shea Stadium||
|15||December 9, 1978||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 13–35||5–10||Three Rivers Stadium||
|16||December 17, 1978||Buffalo Bills||L 14–21||5–11||Memorial Stadium||
|New England Patriots(2)||11||5||0||.688||6–2||9–3||358||286||L1|
|New York Jets||8||8||0||.500||6–2||7–5||359||364||L2|
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single game, from 1940 to 2012, in the Regular Season, team won game, requiring Underdog By >= 0, sorted by descending Underdog By.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: Baltimore Colts 34 at New England Patriots 27, Monday, September 18, 1978
- "1978 Baltimore Colts starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.