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Another team with plenty of questions to answer is the Indianapolis Colts. Will Trent Richardson average more than four yards per carry? Will Reggie Wayne be the same player after knee surgery? Will anyone step up as the clear No. 2 wide receiver?
Preseason will answer all of these questions. Any team with Andrew Luck under center has the chance to be a contender, though, but the players will have to come together and play better than expected to contend in the AFC.
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The Indianapolis Colts have only played in 2 stadiums during their existence. Currently, the Indianapolis Colts play in the RCA Dome. The RCA Dome was originally known as the Hoosier Dome from 1983 through 1994, when RCA purchased the naming rights to the stadium. Originally, the RCA Dome had a seating capacity of 56,000 fans for football games, but a 2001 expansion increased the seating capacity to 60,272 fans. The roof of the dome is composed of Teflon-coated fiberglass and it is held up by air pressure within the stadium. The RCA Dome is one of the last of its kind to use an inflated-roof structure to support the dome.
In addition to hosting football games, the RCA Dome has hosted numerous college basketball games, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2006. The RCA Dome also hosted its first NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2005.
Lucas Oil Stadium will replace the RCA Dome as the home of the Indianapolis Colts in 2008. Lucas Oil Stadium will be located only one block from the RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis. Lucas Oil Stadium will have a new retractable roof that will allow the Indianapolis Colts to play a portion of its NFL schedule outside, whether permitting. The RCA Dome will be demolished in 2008 and its land will be used to create a Convention Center for downtown Indianapolis. Lucas Oil Stadium will also host the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2010 and the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2011.
Prior to moving to Indianapolis, the Baltimore Colts played all of their home games in one stadium, Memorial Stadium. From 1953 through 1983, Memorial Stadium was the home of the Baltimore Colts. Memorial Stadium also served as the home of MLB baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and Canadian Football’s Baltimore Stallions. Memorial Stadium was demolished in 2001.
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The Indianapolis Colts are a professional football team in the National Football League (the NFL). The Indianapolis Colts play in the American Football Conference (AFC) South Division with three other teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans. The Indianapolis Colts have won 3 NFL Championships and 1 Super Bowl Championship. The RCA Dome, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, hosts all Indianapolis Colts home games.
History – The Baltimore Colts (1953-1983)
The team that is currently the Indianapolis Colts has deep roots all over the country. The NFL awarded a new franchise to a Baltimore-based group headed by Carroll Rosenbloom in 1953. The franchise consisted of the remnants of the Dallas Texans, an NFL team that started in the city of Boston in 1944 and moved to New York City in 1949, before ending up in Dallas in 1951.
The early Baltimore Colts team struggled in its first 4 seasons, finishing with a losing record each and every year. In 1957, however, the Baltimore Colts finished the season with a 7-5 record and the pieces were in place to develop a dominating team capable of winning multiple NFL Championships. In 1958, the Baltimore Colts were led by two future NFL Hall of Famers, Head Coach Weeb Ewbank and Quarterback Johnny Unitas. The Baltimore Colts finished the season 9-3 and faced the New York Giants in the NFL Championship in Yankee Stadium. In what is now called the “Greatest Game Ever Played”, the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants 23-17 in sudden death overtime. In a back and forth game, the Baltimore Colts trailed by 3 points with only 2 minutes remaining in regulation. The Colts moved the football from their only 14-yard line and kicker Steve Myrha connected on a 20-yard field goal with only 7 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. In the overtime period, the Baltimore Colts stopped the New York Giants on their initial possession, and began a memorable drive form their own 20-yard line. Thirteen plays later, the Baltimore Colts moved all 80 yards and scored the game winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge into the end zone by Running Back Alan Ameche. The win gave the Baltimore Colts their first ever NFL Championship. The next year, the Baltimore Colts once again finished with a 9-3 record and once again faced the New York Giants in the NFL Championship Game. This time the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in more dominating fashion, winning the game 31-16. The victory gave the Baltimore Colts back-to-back NFL Championships.
For the next 8 years, the Baltimore Colts endured continued success in the NFL. The Baltimore Colts lost to the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game in 1964 and returned to the playoffs in 1965, losing a tie-breaker Divisional playoff game to the Green Bay Packers to determine who would play in the NFL Championship game that year. The Baltimore Colts dominated play in 1968, losing only one game all season long. After finishing the season with a 13-1 record, the Baltimore Colts destroyed the Cleveland Brown 41-0 in the NFL Championship Game, exacting some revenge on the Cleveland Browns from the earlier 1964 loss. Most football critics at the time considered that Baltimore Colts team to be the best professional football team in NFL history. In one of the greatest professional football upsets of all time, however, the Baltimore Colts lost to “Broadway” Joe Namath and the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. That was the first year that the annual game between the NFL Champion and the AFL Champion was called the “Super Bowl”, and Joe Namath, the brash starting quarterback for the heavy underdog New York Jets guaranteed a New York Jets victory. While many critics thought his antics absurd at the time, Joe Namath guided his team to a 16-7 victory. Ironically, the New York Jets Head Coach was the same Head Coach who led the Baltimore Colts to their first 2 NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959, Weeb Ewbank.
In 1970, the ten AFL teams merged into the AFC of the NFL, in large part due to the efforts of three NFL owners, the Colts’ Rosenbloom, the Browns’ Modell and the Steelers’ Rooney. Under the new leadership of Head Coach Don Mccaferty, the Baltimore Colts took the larger NFL by storm. In 1970, the Baltimore Colts finished atop the AFC East with an 11-2-1 record. The Baltimore Colts shut out the Cincinnati Bengals 17-0 in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The Baltimore Colts then defeated the Oakland Raiders 27-17 in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl V, the first Super Bowl to be played after the AFL-NFL merger. Super Bowl V was not a pretty game, as the Baltimore Colts committed a combined total of 11 turnovers. Despite turning the ball over 7 times and facing a 13-6 halftime deficit, the Baltimore Colts emerged victorious when rookie Kicker Jim O’Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal with only 5 second left to give the Colts the 16-13 Super Bowl win over the Dallas Cowboys. It would be the Baltimore Colts first and only Super Bowl Championship. The Baltimore Colts compiled another successful 10-4 season in 1971, but lost to the Miami Dolphins 21-0 in the AFC Championship Game.
After a 3-year absence in post-season play, the Baltimore Colts rebounded with 3 consecutive first place finishes in the AFC East from 1975 through 1977. Each year the Baltimore Colts made the playoffs and each year the Baltimore Colts lost in the divisional round of the playoffs. In 1975, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Colts 28-10 behind a stout defense which forced the Colts into making 4 turnovers. The Pittsburgh Steelers scored the game’s final 21 points and ultimately won the Super Bowl that season with a 21-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. In 1976, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Colts 40-14 in convincing fashion. The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the game on both sides of the football, compiling over 500 yards of total offense while holding the Baltimore Colts to under 200 yards of total offense. The Baltimore Colts once again lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs in 1977. This time the loss came at the hands of the Oakland Raiders in a thrilling 37-31 double-overtime classic. The Baltimore Colts endured losing records in its last 6 seasons in Baltimore and never made the playoffs again until the team had re-located to Indianapolis.
History – The Indianapolis Colts (1984-Present)
By the early 1980’s, Baltimore Colts ownership threatened to move the team from Baltimore if the city did not construct a new stadium for the franchise and if other concessions were not made. Even though the City of Baltimore was ready to comply with the requests, Owner Robert Irsay secretly made arrangements to move the team to the City of Indianapolis. The City of Indianapolis had guaranteed Irsay the use of the Hoosier Dome as its stadium and a state-of-the-art training complex and a bridge loan to fund the team in the short-term. Despite efforts on the part of the City of Baltimore to prevent the move, the two sides and the NFL reached a settlement whereby the team would move to Indianapolis and the franchise would support the City of Baltimore if the NFL ever decided to expand in the future. The NFL considers the pre-1984 Baltimore Colts and the present day Indianapolis Colts as one franchise dating back to 1953. Some former Baltimore Colts were not pleased with Irsay’s actions and subsequent move to Indianapolis and consider the present day Baltimore Ravens the NFL team that succeeded the pre-1984 Baltimore Colts. But technically, the NFL views the Baltimore Ravens as a completely new franchise created in 1996.
From 1984 through 1994, the Indianapolis Colts recorded only 3 winning seasons and advanced to the playoffs only once, in 1987. In 1987, the Indianapolis Colts finished atop the AFC East with a 9-6 record, but lost to the Cleveland Browns 38-21 in the Divisional round of the playoffs.
From 1995 through 2005, the Indianapolis Colts achieved much success. In 1995, the Indianapolis Colts finished with a 9-6 record and defeated the San Diego Chargers 35-20 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. The following week, the Indianapolis Colts upset the Kansas City Chiefs, the #1 seed in the AFC that year. That 10-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs propelled the Indianapolis Colts into their first AFC Championship Game for the city of Indianapolis. Unfortunately, The Indianapolis Colts great playoff came to an end against the Pittsburgh Steelers when Running Back Bam Morris scored the go-ahead touchdown with under 2 minutes left to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 20-16 victory. The Indianapolis Colts returned to the playoffs in 1996, only to fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2nd consecutive season 42-14 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Although the Indianapolis Colts compiled back-to-back 3-13 losing records in 1997 and 1998, the Indianapolis Colts used their first round pick in the 1998 to select highly touted Quarterback Peyton Manning from the University of Tennessee. That move would forever change the dynamics of the team. In Peyton Manning’s second year as a pro, the Indianapolis Colts finished atop the AFC East with a 13-3 record. The Tennessee Titans defeated the Indianapolis Colts in a close 19-16 game in the Divisional round of the playoffs, but it was a great experience for the young quarterback. The Indianapolis Colts returned to the playoffs in 2000 and 2002, only to exit with first round playoff losses once again. By this time, however, the Indianapolis Colts had a new head coach, Tony Dungy and a group of explosive weapons to enhance the play of Peyton Manning. Whether it was the rushing of Edgerrin James or the playmaking ability of wide receivers Marvin Harrison, Brandon Stokley, Reggie Wayne, or Marcus Pollard, the Indianapolis Colts developed one of the most feared offenses in the entire NFL. In 2003, the Indianapolis Colts finished atop the AFC South with a 12-4 record. The Indianapolis Colts marched through the first 2 rounds of the playoffs only to lose to eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots 24-14 when Peyton Manning threw 4 interceptions. In 2004, the Indianapolis Colts once again finished atop the AFC South with a 12-4 record. That season, Peyton Manning broke Dan Marino’s single-season touchdown record by throwing 49 touchdown passes. But once again, the New England Patriots shut down the Indianapolis Colts prolific offense in a 20-3 dominating victory. In 2005, the Indianapolis Colts started off the season with a perfect 13-0 record. Football critics began comparing the team to the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team in NFL history to finish both the regular season and playoffs unbeaten. But it was not meant to be as the Indianapolis Colts lost to the San Diego Chargers at home in Week 14, their first blemish on the season. And once again, a 14-2 record and a first place finish in the AFC South did not translate into a Super Bowl berth. Despite being outplayed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game, the Indianapolis Colts were aided by a controversial reversal of an interception by Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Back Troy Polamalo and a last second fumble at the Colts goal line by usually reliable running back Jerome Bettis which the Indianapolis Colts recovered. Following the Jerome Bettis fumble, Peyton Manning led his team down the field for a potential game-tying field goal by the highest percentage field goal kicker in NFL history, Mike Vanderjagt. But Vanderjagt’s 46-yard field goal attempt sailed wide-right and the Indianapolis Colts would have to wait another year for that elusive Super Bowl berth.
The Indianapolis Colts hopes and dreams were finally answered during the 2006-7 NFL season. After the disappointing AFC Championship Game loss the year before, the Indianapolis Colts didn't lose focus, winning 12 games and finishing with in 1st place in the AFC South. When the New England Patriots upset the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts found themselves hosting a 2nd consecutive AFC Championship Game, and this time they did not disappoint. In one of the most exciting and thrilling AFC Championship Games, the Indianapolis Colts overcame an early 21-3 deficit and defeated the New England Patriots 38-34 on a late 4th quarter touchdown drive orchestrated by Peyton Manning. The Super Bowl appearance would be the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance in almost 40 years. And despite facing the NFL's best defense in the Chicago Bears, Peyton Manning earned Super Bowl MVP honors by leading his team to a 29-17 victory over the Bears. During the 2007-8 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts finished with a 13-3 record which was good enough for a 5th consecutive 1st place finish atop the AFC South. It was also the Colts 6th straight playoff appearance. Despite having home field advantage in the divisional round of the playoffs, Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers denied the Colts the chance to face the New England Patriots in a 2nd consecutive AFC Championship game when the Chargers defeated the Colts 28-24. With a talented team led by future Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning and future Hall of Fame Head Coach Tony Dungy, the future still looks bright for the Indianapolis Colts.