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|First meeting||October 4, 1970|
Colts 14, Patriots 6
|Latest meeting||October 4, 2018|
Patriots 38, Colts 24
|Meetings total||81 meetings|
|All-time series||Patriots, 52–29|
|Postseason results||Patriots 4 – Colts 1
Patriots 45, Colts 7
|Largest victory||Patriots 42, Colts 3 (1974)|
|Smallest victory||Colts 29, Patriots 28 (1981)|
Colts 35, Patriots 34 (2009)
|Current win streak||Patriots, 8 wins|
The Colts–Patriots rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. It is considered one of the most famous rivalries in the NFL. The two teams have combined for seven Super Bowl victories (six by the Patriots) and ten AFC Championships (eight by the Patriots) since 2001, while both are noted for their organizational excellence.
The nature of this rivalry is somewhat ironic because while the Colts and Patriots were AFC East division rivals from 1970–2001 (dating prior to the Colts' move from Baltimore to Indianapolis), their intensified enmity was not prevalent until Indianapolis was moved into the newly formed AFC South following the 2001 season as part of the NFL's realignment. Following New England's 43–22 win in the 2013–14 playoffs the Patriots lead the series with nine wins (three in the playoffs) versus five wins (one playoff) for the Colts, and the Patriots hold a lead in points scored, 411–351.
The modern matchup spanning the period of 2001–2011 was usually headlined as a contest between quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who together won six NFL MVP awards in eight years (2003–10; four by Manning). In September 2001 Brady received his first start against the Colts after an injury to then-starter Drew Bledsoe, and proceeded to defeat the Colts in his first six games against them in the next years, including the 2003 AFC Championship Game and a 2004 AFC Divisional playoff game. The 2004 Divisional game was notable as the Patriots held a record breaking Colts offense to 3 points on snowy cold night in Foxborough. The Colts won the next three matches, notching two regular season victories and a win in the 2006 AFC Championship Game on the way to their win in Super Bowl XLI. Since then, the Patriots have won the six out of the next eight games from 2007–14. The quarterback angle of the rivalry changed in 2012 following Manning's release from the team, and with the surge to success of Colts rookie Andrew Luck. The rivalry gained momentum again in February 2018, when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who had agreed to become the head coach of the Colts, went back on his word and decided to stay on as a coordinator in New England.
|Patriots wins||Ties||Colts wins||Patriots points||Colts points|
|Postseason Meeting||Tie||Overtime Result|
1970s (Colts 11–9)
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|1970||October 4||Baltimore Colts||14–6||Boston Patriots||Harvard Stadium||Earl Morrall||Mike Taliaferro|
|October 25||Baltimore Colts||27–3||Boston Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Johnny Unitas||Joe Kapp|
|1971||October 3||Baltimore Colts||23–3||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Earl Morrall||Jim Plunkett|
|December 19||New England Patriots||21–17||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Johnny Unitas||Jim Plunkett|
|1972||November 6||Baltimore Colts||24–17||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|November 26||Baltimore Colts||31–0||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|1973||October 7||New England Patriots||24–16||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Jim Plunkett|
|December 16||Baltimore Colts||18–13||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|1974||October 6||New England Patriots||42–3||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Jim Plunkett|
|November 24||New England Patriots||27–17||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Marty Domres||Jim Plunkett|
|1975||October 19||New England Patriots||21–10||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Jim Plunkett|
|December 21||Baltimore Colts||34–21||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|1976||September 12||Baltimore Colts||27–13||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|November 14||New England Patriots||21–14||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|1977||October 23||New England Patriots||17–3||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|December 18||Baltimore Colts||30–24||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|1978||September 18||Baltimore Colts||34–27||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Bill Troup||Steve Grogan|
|November 26||New England Patriots||35–14||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Bill Troup||Steve Grogan|
|1979||October 28||Baltimore Colts||31–26||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|November 18||New England Patriots||50–21||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Greg Landry||Steve Grogan|
1980s (Patriots 13–6)
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|1980||October 19||New England Patriots||37–21||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|November 23||New England Patriots||47–21||Baltimore Colts||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Matt Cavanaugh|
|1981||September 6||Baltimore Colts||29–28||New England Patriots||Schaefer Stadium||Bert Jones||Steve Grogan|
|December 20||Baltimore Colts||23–21||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Bert Jones||Tom Owen|
|1982||September 12||New England Patriots||24–13||Baltimore Colts||Memorial Stadium||Mike Pagel||Matt Cavanaugh|
|1983||September 4||Baltimore Colts||29–23 (OT)||New England Patriots||Sullivan Stadium||Mike Pagel||Steve Grogan|
|October 9||Baltimore Colts||12–7||New England Patriots||Memorial Stadium||Mike Pagel||Steve Grogan|
|1984||November 18||New England Patriots||50–17||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Art Schlichter||Tony Eason|
|December 16||New England Patriots||16–10||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Art Schlichter||Tony Eason|
|1985||November 10||New England Patriots||34–15||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Mike Pagel||Steve Grogan|
|December 1||New England Patriots||38–31||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Mike Pagel||Tony Eason|
|1986||September 7||New England Patriots||33–3||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Gary Hogeboom||Tony Eason|
|November 9||New England Patriots||30–21||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jack Trudeau||Tony Eason|
|1987||October 25||Indianapolis Colts||30–16||New England Patriots||Hoosier Dome||Jack Trudeau||Tony Eason|
|November 22||New England Patriots||24–0||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Gary Hogeboom||Tom Ramsey|
|1988||October 2||New England Patriots||21–17||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Chris Chandler||Tom Ramsey|
|November 27||Indianapolis Colts||24–21||New England Patriots||Hoosier Dome||Chris Chandler||Doug Flutie|
|1989||October 29||New England Patriots||23–20 (OT)||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jack Trudeau||Steve Grogan|
|December 3||New England Patriots||22–16||Indianapolis Colts||Sullivan Stadium||Jack Trudeau||Marc Wilson|
1990s (Patriots 14–6)
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|1990||September 16||New England Patriots||16–14||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Steve Grogan|
|November 11||Indianapolis Colts||13–10||New England Patriots||Foxboro Stadium||Jeff George||Marc Wilson|
|1991||September 1||New England Patriots||16–7||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Tommy Hodson|
|December 8||New England Patriots||23–17 (OT)||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jeff George||Hugh Millen|
|1992||November 15||New England Patriots||37–34 (OT)||Indianapolis Colts||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Scott Zolak|
|December 6||Indianapolis Colts||6–0||New England Patriots||Foxboro Stadium||Jack Trudeau||Hugh Millen|
|1993||October 31||Indianapolis Colts||9–6||New England Patriots||Hoosier Dome||Jeff George||Scott Secules|
|December 26||New England Patriots||38–0||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jeff George||Drew Bledsoe|
|1994||November 27||New England Patriots||12–10||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Don Majkowski||Drew Bledsoe|
|December 11||New England Patriots||28–13||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Don Majkowski||Drew Bledsoe|
|1995||November 19||Indianapolis Colts||24–10||New England Patriots||Foxboro Stadium||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|December 23||Indianapolis Colts||10–7||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|1996||October 20||New England Patriots||27–9||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|November 24||New England Patriots||27–13||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|1997||September 7||New England Patriots||31–6||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|November 30||New England Patriots||20–17||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Jim Harbaugh||Drew Bledsoe|
|1998||September 13||New England Patriots||29–6||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|November 1||New England Patriots||21–16||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|1999||September 19||New England Patriots||31–28||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|December 12||Indianapolis Colts||20–15||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
2000s (Patriots 8–6)
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|2000||October 8||New England Patriots||24–16||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|October 22||Indianapolis Colts||30–23||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Drew Bledsoe|
|2001||September 30||New England Patriots||44–13||Indianapolis Colts||Foxboro Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|October 21||New England Patriots||38–17||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2003||November 30||New England Patriots||38–34||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2004||January 18||New England Patriots||24–14||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2004||September 9||New England Patriots||27–24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2005||January 16||New England Patriots||20–3||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2005||November 7||Indianapolis Colts||40–21||New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2006||November 5||Indianapolis Colts||27–20||New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2007||January 21||Indianapolis Colts||38–34||New England Patriots||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2007||November 4||New England Patriots||24–20||Indianapolis Colts||RCA Dome||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2008||November 2||Indianapolis Colts||18–15||New England Patriots||Lucas Oil Stadium||Peyton Manning||Matt Cassel|
|2009||November 15||Indianapolis Colts||35–34||New England Patriots||Lucas Oil Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
2010s (Patriots 8–0)
|Year||Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Colts QB||Patriots QB|
|2010||November 21||New England Patriots||31–28||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Peyton Manning||Tom Brady|
|2011||December 4||New England Patriots||31–24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Dan Orlovsky||Tom Brady|
|2012||November 18||New England Patriots||59–24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2014||January 11||New England Patriots||43–22||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2014||November 16||New England Patriots||42–20||Indianapolis Colts||Lucas Oil Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2015||January 18||New England Patriots||45–7||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2015||October 18||New England Patriots||34–27||Indianapolis Colts||Lucas Oil Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
|2018||October 4||New England Patriots||38-24||Indianapolis Colts||Gillette Stadium||Andrew Luck||Tom Brady|
- August 13, 1967 (preseason):
The 1967 football season for both the NFL and the American Football League opened with the agreement for the pending merger of the two leagues already in place. On August 13, 1967 the Boston Patriots hosted the Baltimore Colts at Harvard Stadium. The Colts won 33-3 as Tom Matte scored in the first quarter and the Colts got a safety when Jon Morris blew a snap and the ball flew out of the endzone.
- October 4, 1970:
The Patriots and Colts met for the first time in NFL regular-season play at Harvard Stadium in week three of the 1970 season. The Colts jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Patriots closed to a 7-6 fourth-quarter score on two Gino Cappelletti field goals. On following series, Johnny Unitas, who relieved starter Earl Morrall, finished off the Patriots with a 55-yard touchdown pass and a 14-6 Colts win.
- November 14, 1976:
Battling the Colts for the AFC East title, the Patriots traveled to Baltimore with a 6-3 record (including a 27-13 Colts victory in Foxborough in week one of the season). The Patriots picked off Bert Jones twice, leading to a 21-14 win. The win accelerated a six-game winning streak for the Patriots and their first playoff berth since 1963.
- September 18, 1978:
The Colts had been AFC East champs the previous three seasons, but were minus many of their best players due to trades and injuries, including Bert Jones and starting cornerbacks Nelson Munsey and Norm Thompson. They were 0-2 and 18-point underdogs when they traveled to Foxboro to play the Patriots on Monday Night Football. It was a sloppy game for three quarters, with New England leading 13-7 heading into the final period. As it started raining hard, Baltimore came to life behind running back Joe Washington, making his first start with the team after an off-season trade from San Diego. First he threw a 54-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option to Roger Carr. Later he caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bill Troup. After Troup and Carr connected for a 67-yard score, the Colts led 27-13 with eight minutes to play. The Patriots came back to score twice on runs by Steve Grogan and Sam Cunningham sandwiched around a successful onside kick to tie the game with 1:32 left. But Washington fielded the bouncing ensuing kickoff and darted 90 yards across the shimmering rain-soaked field for the touchdown to give Baltimore the stunning 34-27 win, causing Howard Cosell to exclaim, "What a football game this turned out to be!"
- October 9, 1983:
The Patriots lost to the Baltimore Colts 12-7 in Baltimore; it turned out to be the final meeting between the Patriots and the Baltimore Colts, as the team moved to Indianapolis for 1984. It was also New England's last game in Baltimore until the Baltimore Ravens debuted in 1996.
- November 18, 1984:
In their first meeting at Indianapolis, the Patriots made their first trip to the Hoosier Dome and defeated the Colts 50-17. The win was the second for new coach Raymond Berry, a former Colts receiver.
- November 15, 1992:
The 4-5 Colts hosted the 0-9 Patriots and the two teams lit up the Hoosier Dome scoreboard in an overtime thriller. The game lead tied or changed 10 times and the Patriots scored twice off Jeff George interceptions. Patriots kicker Charlie Baumann accounted for the Patriots' final nine points of a 37-34 overtime triumph that came amid illness to coach Dick McPherson.
- September 19, 1999 :
Peyton Manning made his second career trip to Foxborough and led the Colts to a 28-7 halftime lead. The Patriots, behind Drew Bledsoe, scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth off Colt turnovers and the game-winning Adam Vinatieri field goal came in the final thirty seconds.
- December 12, 1999:
The Colts hosted the Patriots, holding a 10-2 record to New England's 7-5. The Colts earned a 20-15 win despite 344 passing yards from Drew Bledsoe. It was the first for Manning over New England after three straight losses and the first win over the Patriots for the Manning family (Peyton's dad Archie was 0-3 lifetime against the Patriots with the New Orleans Saints and Houston Oilers.)
- September 30, 2001 :
Week three of the 2001 season, Tom Brady made his first NFL start when the 2-0 Colts came to Foxborough. The Colts were defeated 44-13 as Peyton Manning threw three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. On October 21, New England traveled to the RCA Dome and won 38-17, where Patriot David Patten became the first player since Walter Payton in 1979 to score touchdowns three separate ways: throwing a 60-yard pass to Troy Brown, a 91-yard reception from Brady, and a rushing score.
- November 30, 2003:
The first meeting since divisional realignment put the Colts into the now-second year AFC South, the two clubs sported 9-2 records, the latest into a season two teams with such records had met. The Patriots erupted to a 31-10 lead in the third quarter. Peyton Manning rallied the Colts back, throwing three touchdowns to tie the game, however the Patriots clawed back to a 38-34 lead. The Colts drove to the Patriots' 2-yard line in the final minute, only to be stopped on four downs.
- November 7, 2005:
Heading into the Monday Night fight between the Colts (7-0) and the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Patriots (4-3), QB Peyton Manning was winless against New England in Foxborough (0-7). The Colts beat the Patriots, 40-21. In the game's closing minutes, veteran QB Doug Flutie replaced Brady, and Colts president Bill Polian was heard in the press box yelling "break his leg!"
The Colts and Patriots met in their first AFC Championship game since 2003, a game in which New England won en route to their third Super Bowl Championship in 4 years. The Patriots and Colts were both wild card teams at the end of the 2006 season, the first time in the series history that they had met in the playoffs as wild cards. New England was coming off of wins over the Jets and Chargers, and finished the 2006 season with a 12-4 record. The Colts were also 12-4, but finished ahead of the Patriots by virtue of their head-to-head win over them during the regular season in Foxborough. The Colts were coming off wins over the Chiefs and Ravens. In this game, the Patriots ran out to a 21-3 lead in the 2nd quarter, but the Colts would pull off a fierce comeback to win 38-34, the largest comeback win in conference championship history at the time. With 1 minute remaining in the game, Joseph Addai rushed in for a touchdown from 3 yards out to give the Colts the lead. The game was sealed with an interception by Marlin Jackson with 14 seconds remaining, sending the Colts to the Super Bowl, which they won 29-17 over the Chicago Bears. The 15-point comeback by Indianapolis was the largest in conference championship history until it was broken 8 years later in the 2014 NFC Championship game, in which the Seahawks came back from 16 points down to beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime.
- November 4, 2007:
The 8-0 Patriots faced the 7-0 Colts in the RCA Dome, the latest in a season that two undefeated teams had ever faced off. The Patriots had scored over 34 points in every game but the Colts defense stifled the Patriots' attack and Indianapolis clawed to a 20-10 lead in the fourth. But a 58-yard Tom Brady bomb to Randy Moss was caught at the Colts' 3-yard line, leading to a Wes Welker touchdown catch. After stopping Manning and forcing a punt, a strong kick return by Welker set up a three-play touchdown drive highlighted by a 32-yard catch by Donté Stallworth and a Kevin Faulk touchdown catch. Manning was hit and threw the ball into the hands of Rosevelt Colvin on the next Colts drive and the Patriots ran out the remaining clock for the 24-20 win. This win was number 9 in the Patriots' 16-0 regular season.
- November 15, 2009 (4th and 2 Game):
The undefeated Indianapolis Colts again played the 6-2 New England Patriots in what was Tom Brady's first start at Lucas Oil Stadium. With 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, the Patriots had pulled away 34-21. Thanks to a leap in field position due to a pass interference call, Colts RB Joseph Addai scored a touchdown on a four-yard run with 2:23 left. Leading 34-28, but backed up on their own 28-yard-line and needing to reach the 30-yard-line for a first down, Patriots coach Bill Belichick elected to go for it on 4th and 2 instead of punting. Brady completed a pass to halfback Kevin Faulk, but Faulk appeared not to make a clean catch and was immediately driven backwards. Officials determined that Faulk had not secured possession of the ball until he was short of the first down marker, resulting in a turnover on downs, and giving Manning and the Colts the ball on the Patriots' own 29-yard line with two minutes remaining. After three plays, Manning completed a one-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne, making the score even at 34-34 with 13 seconds left. Kicker Matt Stover, filling in for Adam Vinatieri, made the extra point to make the score 35-34 and secured the victory for Indianapolis.
Belichick obliquely criticized the ball-spot on the play in his Monday morning press conference. Nevertheless, his decision was highly criticized by the media. Jarrett Bell of USA Today claimed the coach had "outsmarted himself," while Bill Simmons, ESPN.com writer and Patriots fan, asked "What the fuck was Belichick thinking" and compared the entire ordeal to "riding in the passenger seat of a friend's car and watching helplessly as he plows over a pedestrian".
- November 21, 2010:
The 6-3 Colts traveled to New England for the first time since 2006 and New England won its first home game against Indianapolis since a playoff game in 2004. Manning and his Colts were down by 17 in the 4th quarter and came back to reduce the New England lead to 31-28 with a few minutes left. Manning led the drive down the field, but a terrible play call would occur, as had happened in the previous year's matchup. With the Colts already in great field goal range (24-yard line of New England), Manning was intercepted by James Sanders with 32 seconds left; it was Manning's third pick of the game and the 31-28 New England win put the Patriots to 8-2 while the Colts fell to second in the AFC South with a 6-4 record. The game turned out to be the last game ever between the Patriots and Manning as a member of the Colts; he would miss the 2011 season due to neck surgery and was released; he then signed with the Denver Broncos and faced the Patriots in his first season there.
- 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs:
Because the division-rival Texans won the AFC South with the Patriots winning the AFC East, there was no regular season meeting in 2013 between both teams for the first time since 2002, the first year of the NFL's current division alignment. Both teams won division titles in 2013 and with a stunning comeback win over Kansas City combined with San Diego's playoff win over Cincinnati, the Colts met the Patriots in the AFC Divisional round on January 11, 2014. The Patriots and Colts played a tight game until the Patriots scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 43-22. LeGarrette Blount erupted to 166 rushing yards and four touchdowns while Tom Brady reached 6,000 postseason passing yards with 198. Andrew Luck threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted four times for the second consecutive game, twice by Alfonzo Dennard. The Patriots would go on to lose the AFC Championship Game 26-16 against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
- 2014 AFC Championship Game:
The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 following Indianapolis playoff wins over Cincinnati and Denver and New England's divisional round win over Baltimore. With the victory the Patriots moved on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX to win their fourth championship. New England's victory has been controversial, as the Patriots were alleged to have deliberately or negligently underinflated footballs used in the game, which has been dubbed "Deflategate". The controversy was addressed by Bill Belichick in a snap press conference a week before Super Bowl XLIX and took a bizarre turn when Adam Schefter reported a league employee was fired after this game for stealing footballs and illegally selling them.
Connections between the teams
- Upton Bell was personnel director of the Colts in their first two Super Bowl appearances (III and V) and in 1971 took over as GM of the Patriots on the recommendation of Colts team owner Carroll Rosenbloom. Bell clashed with coach John Mazur because Mazur objected to Bell's policy of picking up waiver-wire free agents for him to train during the season. Eventually the two all but stopped speaking (the corridor between their two offices at Schaefer Stadium became known as "the DMZ") and Bell wanted to fire Mazur; the Patriots' board of directors agreed to the move provided the Patriots lost to the Colts by more than seven points in the 1971 season finale. Bell expected the Colts to win, since he knew the Colts team having helped build it, but instead of losing, Jim Plunkett's 88-yard touchdown pass caught by Randy Vataha made for a 21-17 Patriots win. Bell was heard furiously screaming for Vataha not to score, for the win guaranteed Mazur would continue as coach for 1972. Mazur and Bell were both released in the 1972 season.
- Ron Meyer coached the Patriots from 1982 until mid-October 1984. He became coach of the Colts in December 1986 until October 1991, leading the team to a 36-35 record and one playoff appearance, in the 1987 AFC Divisional Playoffs where the Colts lost 38-21 to the Cleveland Browns. Meyer was fired after the Colts lost their first five games of 1991. His record against the Patriots in nine games was 3-6.
- Before leading the Patriots to seven Super Bowl appearances and five Super Bowl wins as head coach, Bill Belichick's first job in the National Football League was as an assistant with the Baltimore Colts in 1975 under head coach Ted Marchibroda. In 1996, Belichick, then the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, returned to Baltimore following the Browns relocation but was fired shortly after the move. He was replaced by Marchibroda, who had just completed a four-season stint with the Indianapolis Colts. Belichick then took his first job with the Patriots, becoming an assistant under head coach Bill Parcells for the 1996 season.
- Kicker Adam Vinatieri made the iconic winning field goal against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI with the Patriots and also played with them in three other Super Bowls (XXXI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX), winning three in total out of four. After the 2005 season, the Patriots chose not to place the franchise tag on Vinatieri as they had the year before, allowing him to become a free agent. He joined the Colts in 2006 and won the subsequent Super Bowl with them to earn his fourth ring. He was injured during the 2009 season, and did not play in Super Bowl XLIV, which the Colts lost 31-17 to the New Orleans Saints.
- Raymond Berry was one of the most famous receivers in Colts history when they played in Baltimore. He joined the Patriots coaching staff under Chuck Fairbanks and became head coach in 1984; among his first wins was a 50-17 triumph versus the Colts in New England's first ever trip to Indianapolis. Berry went 10-2 against the Colts as Patriots head coach, including season sweeps in 1984-86 and 1989.
- Jim E. Mora worked for the Patriots in 1982 under head coach Ron Meyer and became Colts head coach from 1998–2001; his record against the Patriots was 2-6.
- In 2009, the Colts finished the regular season 14-2 with the best record in the NFL, and an AP MVP award for starting quarterback Peyton Manning, while the Patriots finished the season 10-6 receiving the No. 3 seed. The exact reverse would occur the following season, with the Patriots' starting quarterback Tom Brady winning AP MVP honors. None of the teams though, would win a Super Bowl. The 2009 Colts were defeated by the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV while the 2010 Patriots were knocked out in the Divisional Playoffs by Mark Sanchez and divisional rival New York Jets, who had narrowly defeated the Colts 17-16 in the Wild Card round a week earlier on a last-second field goal.
- The Patriots played Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts' home field and were defeated by the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning, the younger brother of Peyton Manning. Manning and the Giants previously beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The majority of Colts fans rooted for Eli Manning and the Giants over their arch-rivals.
- Joseph Addai was the starting running back for the Colts for the most part from 2006–2011. After the 2011 season, he was released and then signed a one-year contract with the Patriots in May 2012; however he was cut before taking a snap in 2012 training camp.
- Austin Collie played his first four years in the NFL with the Colts, catching 173 passes for sixteen touchdowns (118 of his catches and fifteen of his touchdowns were from Manning); Collie signed with the Patriots in 2013; in his first game two late catches for first downs set up the game-winning score for the Patriots against New Orleans. He was released during the season but re-signed in December for the 2013 playoffs; his 15-yard catch late in the fourth quarter of the divisional playoff against the Colts set up a late Stevan Ridley touchdown.
- Deion Branch was a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots during his time with the team from 2003–2005, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX. He also played in one other Super Bowl for the Patriots after returning for three seasons from 2010–2012. On January 6, 2014, five days before the Colts were set to play the Patriots in a Divisional round game, Branch signed with Indianapolis. He was inactive during the Colts 43-22 playoff loss.
- Reggie Wayne played his first fourteen seasons (2001–14) with the Colts; against the Patriots he caught 67 passes on 118 targets for 897 yards and five touchdowns; his touchdown with thirteen seconds to go won the 4th and 2 game for the Colts in 2009. On August 24, 2015 Wayne signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Patriots but was cut on September 5, 2015.
- Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was drafted by the Patriots in 2016 and played in three games in that season with wins over the Dolphins coming off the bench and against the Texans as starter. After a five-touchdown performance against the NY Giants in the 2017 preseason with the Patriots he was traded to the Colts for receiver Phillip Dorsett after a season-ending ACL tear to Patriots' star receiver Julian Edelman. Brissett became Colts starter in 2019 following the unexpected retirement of Andrew Luck.
- Josh McDaniels agreed to become Colts head coach for 2018 and even began hiring a staff such as assistant coach Joe Judge, but on February 7, a day the Colts officially announced him as head coach, he abruptly backed out of the deal to stay with the Patriots. The two teams met in 2018 for the first time in three seasons and McDaniels' Patriots won 38-24.
Appearances in advertising
The rivalry forms the basis of a Sprint telecommunications television ad for their service providing NFL updates to cell phones. In the ad, a cell phone opens up to form a miniature NFL stadium with the Patriots logo in one end zone and the Colts logo in the other (the only scenarios in which this type of field layout would occur are the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game and the NFL International Series). As two men watch, a winning field goal is kicked and fireworks erupt. The winner is not named but evidence suggests the Patriots, as the "game" call is by New England's radio play-by-play announcer Gil Santos.
Manning: "That's right, I am." "Fourth floor, I'm getting a massage today, I'm excited.
–Peyton Manning and a Patriots fan in a MasterCard commercial
The rivalry is also referenced in a MasterCard ad in which Peyton Manning is staying in hotels in New England as well as San Diego and Cleveland while misunderstanding taunting comments made to him by fans of the opposing teams, as well as taking their taunts literally (In New England: "Going down" to 4th floor of the hotel; Cleveland: "Don't choke on it" Planning on cutting the fruit into a fruit salad so he won't choke on it; San Diego: "Take a hike" Literally planning on taking a hike).
The rivalry is referenced in billboards for the United Way's "Live United" campaign, featuring the mascots of both teams together to promote the charity to which the two teams contribute.
The rivalry is also referenced in a 2010 spoof of the movie The Blind Side titled The Dark Side made for that year's ESPY awards; the piece mixes Sandra Bullock footage from the film with new footage of Manning. In the piece Bill Belichick is quoted as calling the "film" hilarious.
Notes and references
- "Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots Results". The Football Database. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- Chadiha, Jeffri (2007-10-31). "Ranking the NFL's best rivalries: Where does Colts-Pats fit?". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
- New England Patriots future opponents 2014-17
- Indianapolis Colts future opponents 2014-17
- October 4, 1970 Colts at Patriots box score from Pro Football Reference
- MNF Classic: Colts vs. Patriots, 9/18/78
- Box Score
- Joe Washington highlights 9-18-1978 Monday night football
- New England Patriots 1992 Season box scores Archived October 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- September 1999 Colts at Patriots box score and play-by-play list from Pro Football Reference
- Archie Manning career splits from Pro Football Reference
- September 2001 Colts at Patriots box score and play-by-play list from Pro Football Reference
- October 2001 Patriots at Colts box score and play-by-play list
- November 2003 Patriots at Colts box score and play-by-play list from Pro Football Reference
- Reiss, Mike (January 31, 2007). "Polian takes stand". The Boston Globe.
- "No matter which way you dissect it, Bill Belichick made the wrong call". CNN. November 16, 2009.
- Snyder, Whitney (November 16, 2009). "Bill Belichick's 4th-And-2 Call Against Colts Debated, Derided (VIDEO)". Huffington Post.
- Bell, Jarrett (November 17, 2009). "NFL Replay: Failed fourth down call a stain in Belichick's record". USA Today.
- Peyton Manning's late INT kills rally as Tom Brady lifts Patriots
- LeGarrette Blount runs for 4 TDs as Patriots clobber Colts
- Tom Brady carries Pats to rout of Colts, claims sixth Super Bowl trip
- 2015 Super Bowl odds/line: Seahawks early 2.5 favorites against Patriots
- See "Welcome To The DMZ" in Fox, Larry (1979) The New England Patriots Triumph & Tragedy (New York: Atheneum)
- Reggie Wayne on signing with the Patriots from Pro Football Talk
- Patriots trade Brissett to Colts from Pro Football Talk
- "Source: Tuesday meeting convinced McDaniels". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
- Sprint NFL Mobile Live service ad
- Manning New World MasterCard Ad
- The Dark Side, from the 2010 ESPYs