2004 Indianapolis Colts Season
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2004 Indianapolis Colts Season
2004 Indianapolis Colts season
OwnerJim Irsay
Head coachTony Dungy
General managerBill Polian
Home fieldRCA Dome
Division place1st AFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Broncos) 49-24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Patriots) 3-20
Pro BowlersQB Peyton Manning
RB Edgerrin James
WR Marvin Harrison
OT Tarik Glenn
DE Dwight Freeney

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 defending and eventual Super Bowl Champion 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 an 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]


NFL Draft

2004 Indianapolis Colts draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 44 Bob Sanders *  Safety Iowa from Pittsburgh
3 68 Ben Hartsock  Tight end Ohio State from Cleveland
3 69 Gilbert Gardner  Linebacker Purdue from Atlanta
4 107 Kendyll Pope  Linebacker Florida State from Pittsburgh
4 125 Jason David  Cornerback Washington State from Philadelphia via Atlanta
5 151 Jake Scott  Guard Idaho from Cleveland
6 173 Von Hutchins  Guard Idaho from Cleveland
6 193 Jim Sorgi  Quarterback Wisconsin
7 229 David Kimball  Kicker Penn State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2004 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Josh Thomas Defensive end Syracuse
Ben Utecht Tight end Minnesota



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
1 September 9 at New England Patriots L 24-27 0-1 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 September 19 at Tennessee Titans W 31-17 1-1 The Coliseum Recap
3 September 26 Green Bay Packers W 45-31 2-1 RCA Dome Recap
4 October 3 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24-17 3-1 Alltel Stadium Recap
5 October 10 Oakland Raiders W 35-14 4-1 RCA Dome Recap
6 Bye
7 October 24 Jacksonville Jaguars L 24-27 4-2 RCA Dome Recap
8 October 31 at Kansas City Chiefs L 35-45 4-3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 8 Minnesota Vikings W 31-28 5-3 RCA Dome Recap
10 November 14 Houston Texans W 49-14 6-3 RCA Dome Recap
11 November 21 at Chicago Bears W 41-10 7-3 Soldier Field Recap
12 November 25 at Detroit Lions W 41-9 8-3 Ford Field Recap
13 December 5 Tennessee Titans W 51-24 9-3 RCA Dome Recap
14 December 12 at Houston Texans W 23-14 10-3 Reliant Stadium Recap
15 December 19 Baltimore Ravens W 20-10 11-3 RCA Dome Recap
16 December 26 San Diego Chargers W 34-31 (OT) 12-3 RCA Dome Recap
17 January 2 at Denver Broncos L 14-33 12-4 Invesco Field Recap


AFC South
(3)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
Wild Card January 9 Denver Broncos (6) W 49-24 1-0 RCA Dome Recap
Divisional January 16 at New England Patriots (2) L 3-20 1-1 Gillette Stadium Recap

Postseason results

AFC Wild-Card Playoff Game: vs. Denver Broncos

AFC Divisional Playoff game: at New England Patriots

Awards and records

See also


  1. ^ Numbelivable!, p.35, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  2. ^ Numbelivable!, p.146, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  3. ^ Football Outsiders: QUARTERBACKS 2004
  4. ^ Football Outsidres: Final 2011 DVOA Ratings Stats calculated from 1992-2011
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the NFL, in the regular season, requiring Passing TD >= 5, sorted by most games in season matching criteria.
  6. ^ Maxwell Football Club - Bert Bell Award Past Recipients Archived June 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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