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1977 Baltimore Colts season

 

1977 Baltimore Colts season

1977 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Ted Marchibroda
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 10–4
Division place T-1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional (Raiders) 37–31 (2OT)
Timeline
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< 1976      1978 >

The 1977 Baltimore Colts season was the 25th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1977 season with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses, and finished tied for first in the AFC East division with the Miami Dolphins. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (9–3 to Dolphins' 8–4). This season would mark the final season in which the Colts would make the playoffs as a Baltimore-based franchise. Baltimore would not be in the playoffs again until the Baltimore Ravens, the Colts' successors in Baltimore, advanced to Super Bowl XXXV just over 23 years later.

Offseason

The Colts fired general manager Joe Thomas before the 1977 season, due to a power struggle he was having with head coach Ted Marchibroda.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 at Seattle Seahawks W 29–14 1–0 Kingdome
58,991
2 September 25, 1977 at New York Jets W 20–12 2–0 Shea Stadium
43,439
3 October 2, 1977 Buffalo Bills W 17–14 3–0 Memorial Stadium
49,247
4 October 9, 1977 Miami Dolphins W 45–28 4–0 Memorial Stadium
57,829
5 October 16, 1977 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–6 5–0 Arrowhead Stadium
63,076
6 October 23, 1977 at New England Patriots L 3–17 5–1 Schaeffer Stadium
60,958
7 October 30, 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–21 6–1 Memorial Stadium
60,225
8 November 7, 1977 Washington Redskins W 10–3 7–1 Memorial Stadium
57,740
9 November 13, 1977 at Buffalo Bills W 31–13 8–1 Rich Stadium
39,444
10 November 20, 1977 New York Jets W 33–12 9–1 Memorial Stadium
50,957
11 November 27, 1977 at Denver Broncos L 13–27 9–2 Mile High Stadium
74,939
12 December 5, 1977 at Miami Dolphins L 6–17 9–3 Miami Orange Bowl
68,977
13 December 11, 1977 Detroit Lions L 10–13 9–4 Memorial Stadium
45,124
14 December 18, 1977 New England Patriots W 30–24 10–4 Memorial Stadium
42,250

This was the last NFL regular season with 14 games, the regular season was expanded to 16 games in 1978.

Week 2

1 234Total
Colts 7 760 20
Jets 0 309 12

[1]


Week 10

1 234Total
Jets 3 036 12
Colts 6 1377 33

[2]


Standings

Playoffs

The team made it to the playoffs as a No. 2 seed and played host to the Oakland Raiders in the divisional round. The Colts held a 31–28 lead with time running out, when the famous "Ghost to the Post" play to Casper advanced the Raiders to the Baltimore 14-yard line, where Errol Mann kicked the tying field goal to send the contest into overtime. After the first overtime went scoreless, Casper caught a 10-yard touchdown pass 43 seconds into the period to win the game for the Raiders.

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site Attendance
Divisional December 24, 1977 Oakland Raiders (4) L 31–37 0–1 Memorial Stadium
60,763

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