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1987 Indianapolis Colts season

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1987 Indianapolis Colts season

1987 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home field Hoosier Dome
Record 9–6
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 38–21
Previous season      Next season
< 1986      1988 >

The 1987 Indianapolis Colts season was the 35th season for the team in the National Football League and fourth in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the strike-shortened National Football League's 1987 season with a record of 9 wins and 6 losses, and won the AFC East division.

This season marked the first division championship and the first trip to the playoffs for the Colts in Indianapolis. It was the franchise's first playoff appearance in ten seasons.

Regular season

On October 31, 1987, the Los Angeles Rams traded Eric Dickerson to the Indianapolis Colts in a three team trade involving the Buffalo Bills. The Rams sent Dickerson to the Colts for six draft choices and two players. Buffalo obtained the rights to Cornelius Bennett from Indianapolis. Buffalo sent running back Greg Bell and three draft choices to the Rams, while Indianapolis added Owen Gill and three of their own draft picks to complete the deal with the Rams.[1]


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 Cincinnati Bengals L 21–23 0–1 Hoosier Dome
2 September 20, 1987 Miami Dolphins L 10–23 0–2 Hoosier Dome
3 September 27, 1987 at St. Louis Cardinals Canceled [2] 0–2 Busch Memorial Stadium
4 October 4, 1987 at Buffalo Bills W 47–6 1–2 Rich Stadium
5 October 11, 1987 New York Jets W 6–0 2–2 Hoosier Dome
6 October 18, 1987 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–21 2–3 Three Rivers Stadium
7 October 25, 1987 New England Patriots W 30–16 3–3 Hoosier Dome
8 November 1, 1987 at New York Jets W 19–14 4–3 The Meadowlands
9 November 8, 1987 San Diego Chargers L 13–16 4–4 Hoosier Dome
10 November 15, 1987 at Miami Dolphins W 40–20 5–4 Joe Robbie Stadium
11 November 22, 1987 at New England Patriots L 0–24 5–5 Sullivan Stadium
12 November 29, 1987 Houston Oilers W 51–27 6–5 Hoosier Dome
13 December 6, 1987 at Cleveland Browns W 9–7 7–5 Cleveland Stadium
14 December 13, 1987 Buffalo Bills L 3–27 7–6 Hoosier Dome
15 December 20, 1987 at San Diego Chargers W 20–7 8–6 Jack Murphy Stadium
16 December 27, 1987 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–6 9–6 Hoosier Dome



The team received a bye for the Wild-Card round of the playoffs and traveled to Cleveland for the Divisional round. After being tied with Browns for most of the game the 4th quarter proved to be their undoing, as they were outscored 17–7.

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site Attendance
Wild Card First-round Bye
Divisional January 10, 1988 at Cleveland Browns (2) L 21–38 0–1 Cleveland Stadium


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