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2004 Indianapolis Colts season

2004 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coach Tony Dungy
General manager Bill Polian
Home field RCA Dome
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC South
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Broncos) 49–24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 20–3
Pro Bowlers QB Peyton Manning
RB Edgerrin James
WR Marvin Harrison
OT Tarik Glenn
DE Dwight Freeney
Previous season      Next season
< 2003      2005 >

The 2004 Indianapolis Colts season was the 52nd season for the team in the National Football League and 21st in Indianapolis. The 2004 Colts season began with the team trying to maintain or improve on their 12–4 record from 2003, and advance farther into the playoffs. The Colts finished the season 12–4, and defeated the Denver Broncos for the second straight time in the playoffs, but they were halted in the Divisional round by the New England Patriots.

Peyton Manning had one of the best seasons ever by an NFL quarterback, throwing 49 touchdown passes and breaking the previous record of 48 held by Dan Marino. At season's end, Peyton Manning was named the NFL MVP. For the season the Colts set a NFL record with 51 total touchdown passes. The Colts led the NFL with 522 points scored. The Colts tallied more points in the first half of each of their games of the 2004 NFL season (277 points) than seven other NFL teams managed in the entire season.[1]

Despite throwing for 49 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning attempted fewer than 500 passes for the first time in his NFL career.[2] Sports statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that Manning had the best-ever season by a quarterback, play-for-play, in 2004.[3][4]

The 2004 Colts are the only team in NFL history to convert five or more passing touchdowns in a game four different times during the regular season.[5]


Indianapolis Colts 2004 final roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
data possibly incomplete
  • 72 Thomas Houchin DE (IR)
  • 30
  • 91 Josh Thomas DE (IR)
  • 47
  • 52

Practice Squad

data incomplete

Rookies in italics


Date Opponent Result Game Site NFL Recap
August 14, 2004 at San Diego Chargers W 21–17 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
August 21, 2004 New York Jets L 7–31 RCA Dome Recap
August 28, 2004 Buffalo Bills W 30–17 RCA Dome Recap
September 3, 2004 at Cincinnati Bengals L 13–16 Paul Brown Stadium Recap


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL Recap TV Time
1 September 9, 2004 at New England Patriots L 24–27 0–1 Gillette Stadium Recap ABC 9:00 pm
2 September 19, 2004 at Tennessee Titans W 31–17 1–1 The Coliseum Recap CBS 1:00 pm
3 September 26, 2004 Green Bay Packers W 45–31 2–1 RCA Dome Recap FOX 4:15 pm
4 October 3, 2004 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–17 3–1 Alltel Stadium Recap CBS 1:00 pm
5 October 10, 2004 Oakland Raiders W 35–14 4–1 RCA Dome Recap CBS 1:00 pm
6 Bye
7 October 24, 2004 Jacksonville Jaguars L 24–27 4–2 RCA Dome Recap CBS 1:00 pm
8 October 31, 2004 at Kansas City Chiefs L 35–45 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap CBS 1:00 pm
9 November 8, 2004 Minnesota Vikings W 31–28 5–3 RCA Dome Recap ABC 9:00 pm
10 November 14, 2004 Houston Texans W 49–14 6–3 RCA Dome Recap CBS 1:00 pm
11 November 21, 2004 at Chicago Bears W 41–10 7–3 Soldier Field Recap CBS 1:00 pm
12 November 25, 2004 at Detroit Lions W 41–9 8–3 Ford Field Recap CBS 12:30 pm
13 December 5, 2004 Tennessee Titans W 51–24 9–3 RCA Dome Recap CBS 1:00 pm
14 December 12, 2004 at Houston Texans W 23–14 10–3 Reliant Stadium Recap CBS 1:00 pm
15 December 19, 2004 Baltimore Ravens W 20–10 11–3 RCA Dome Recap ESPN 8:30 pm
16 December 26, 2004 San Diego Chargers W 34–31 (OT) 12–3 RCA Dome Recap CBS 1:00 pm
17 January 2, 2005 at Denver Broncos L 14–33 12–4 Invesco Field Recap CBS 4:15 pm


AFC South
Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 .750 5–1 8–4 522 351 L1
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 261 280 W1
Houston Texans 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 309 339 L1
Tennessee Titans 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 344 439 W1

Week-by-week results

Postseason schedule

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Host Stadium NFL Recap TV Time
Wild Card January 9, 2005 Denver Broncos (6) W 49–24 1–0 RCA Dome Recap CBS 1:00 pm
Divisional January 16, 2005 at New England Patriots (2) L 3–20 1–1 Gillette Stadium Recap CBS 4:30 pm

Postseason results

AFC Wild-Card Playoff Game: vs. Denver Broncos

1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 3 14724
Colts 14 21 01449

at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST/12:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: Game played indoors (Domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 56,609
  • TV: CBS

AFC Divisional Playoff game: at New England Patriots

1 2 34Total
Colts 0 3 003
Patriots 0 6 7720

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Game time: 4:45 pm EST/4:45 pm CST
  • Game weather: 25 °F (−4 °C), Cloudy, Cold, Snow
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • TV: CBS

Awards and records

See also


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