1977 Baltimore Colts Season
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1977 Baltimore Colts Season
1977 Baltimore Colts season
Head coachTed Marchibroda
General managerDick Szymanski
OwnerRobert Irsay
Home fieldMemorial Stadium
Results
Record10-4
Division placeT-1st AFC East
Playoff finishLost AFC Divisional
Pro BowlersT George Kunz
RB Lydell Mitchell
DT Mike Barnes
DE John Dutton
K Toni Linhart

The 1977 Baltimore Colts season was the 25th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Colts finished the NFL's 1977 season with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses, and 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 (the Colts next appearance in the playoffs came 10 years later in 1987, by which time the team moved to Indianapolis). Baltimore would not have a team in the playoffs again until the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, just over 23 seasons 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.

Personnel

Staff

Roster

[1]

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 Giants 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 Schaefer 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 1

1 234Total
• Colts 7 7510 29
Seahawks 0 707 14
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Kingdome, Seattle
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

[2]

Week 2

1 234Total
Colts 7 760 20
Jets 0 309 12
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Giants Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 55 °F (12.8 °C) o Wind 17 miles per hour (27 km/h; 15 kn)

[3]

Week 3

1 234Total
Bills 0 707 14
• Colts 0 1007 17
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Memorial Stadium

Week 4

1 234Total
Dolphins 14 1400 28
• Colts 10 14147 45
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Memorial Stadium

Week 5

1 234Total
• Colts 14 030 17
Chiefs 0 600 6

Week 6

1 234Total
Colts 0 030 3
• Patriots 7 0100 17

Week 7

1 234Total
Steelers 0 0714 21
• Colts 3 1477 31
  • Date: October 30
  • Location: Memorial Stadium

Week 8

1 234Total
Redskins 0 300 3
• Colts 3 007 10
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Television network: ABC

Week 9

1 234Total
• Colts 10 1470 31
Bills 7 330 13

Week 10

1 234Total
Jets 3 036 12
Colts 6 1377 33

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Week 11

1 234Total
Colts 0 3100 13
• Broncos 7 7013 27

Week 12

1 234Total
Colts 6 000 6
• Dolphins 3 707 17
  • Date: December 5
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Television network: ABC

Week 13

1 234Total
• Lions 0 3010 13
Colts 0 037 10
  • Date: December 11
  • Location: Memorial Stadium

Week 14

1 234Total
Patriots 0 14100 24
• Colts 0 31314 30
  • Date: December 18
  • Location: Memorial Stadium

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts(2) 10 4 0 .714 6-2 9-3 295 221 W1
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 6-2 8-4 313 197 W1
New England Patriots 9 5 0 .643 4-4 7-5 278 217 L1
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 2-6 2-10 191 300 L2
Buffalo Bills 3 11 0 .214 2-6 2-10 160 313 L1

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

Divisional

1 234OTTotal
• Raiders 7 014106 37
Colts 0 107140 31

References

  1. ^ "1977 Baltimore Colts starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-24.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

See also


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