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2013 Indianapolis Colts Season
2013 Indianapolis Colts season
OwnerJim Irsay
Head coachChuck Pagano
General managerRyan Grigson
Home fieldLucas Oil Stadium
Division place1st AFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Chiefs) 45-44
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Patriots) 22-43
Pro BowlersQB Andrew Luck
OLB Robert Mathis
LS Matt Overton
Colts football uniforms.png

The 2013 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 61st season in the National Football League, the 30th in Indianapolis and the second season under head coach Chuck Pagano, who missed most of the 2012 season due to treatment for leukemia. The Colts matched their 2012 record of 11-5, and went undefeated within the division during the season. The Colts hoped to advance further than the Wild Card round in the playoffs than in 2012, where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Ravens. They did so after falling behind by 28 points against the Chiefs, but came back and won 45-44. However, the Colts were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round, by a score of 43-22.

On March 7, 2013, Jeff Saturday signed a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

For the second consecutive season, the Colts held the final pick in the NFL Draft, number 254, which is famously known as Mr. Irrelevant. In 2012, the final player selected was Chandler Harnish. The 2013 season's Mr. Irrelevant was Justice Cunningham.

Throughout the season, the Colts wore a patch to recognize the 30th season since their move to Indianapolis.

On October 20, 2013, Peyton Manning made his first return to Indianapolis since being released by the Indianapolis Colts in March of 2012 and signed by the Denver Broncos, a game in which commentator Al Michaels dubbed "the War of 1812" (referring to Peyton Manning's number of 18 and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's number of 12). The Colts won the game 39-33.

While losing their Week 14 match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Colts overall record as well as a 4-0 record within the division was enough to earn them their 15th division title after the Denver Broncos defeated the Tennessee Titans. The Colts became the first team of the 2013 season to win their division, securing a home playoff game.[1]

With the Titans' loss to the Cardinals in Week 15, the Colts were the only AFC South team to make the playoffs.

In the AFC Wild Card Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts rallied to turn a 38-10 Chiefs' lead into a 45-44 victory for the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history. It is behind only the Bills who rallied from a 32-point deficit in the 1993 AFC Wild Card Game.

2013 NFL Draft

2013 Indianapolis Colts draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 24 Björn Werner  DE Florida State
3 86 Hugh Thornton  OG Illinois
4 121 Khaled Holmes  C USC
5 139 Montori Hughes  DT Tennessee-Martin Pick from CLE
6 192 John Boyett  S Oregon
7 230 Kerwynn Williams  RB Utah State
7 254 Justice Cunningham  TE South Carolina
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Undrafted free agents

Position Player College
T Emmett Cleary Boston College
K Brandon McManus Temple
RB Dan Moore Montana
RB Denodus O'Bryant Lindenwood
CB Sheldon Price UCLA
LB C.O. Prime Wagner
WR Rodrick Rumble Idaho State
WR Lanear Sampson Baylor
CB Daxton Swanson Sam Houston State
CB Nigel Malone Kansas State


Position Player Tag 2013 Team Notes
WR Austin Collie UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed by San Francisco on August 2, 2013.[2]
DE Dwight Freeney UFA San Diego Chargers Signed by San Diego on May 18, 2013.[3]
CB Jerraud Powers UFA Arizona Cardinals Signed by Arizona on March 13, 2013.[4]
QB Drew Stanton UFA Arizona Cardinals Signed by Arizona on March 13, 2013.[5]
WR Donnie Avery UFA Kansas City Chiefs Signed by Kansas City on March 13, 2013.[6]
LB Moise Fokou UFA Tennessee Titans Signed by Tennessee on March 13, 2013.[7]
S Tom Zbikowski UFA Chicago Bears Signed by Chicago on March 23, 2013.[8]
LB Jerry Hughes Trade Buffalo Bills Traded away on April 29, 2013.[9]
RB Alvester Alexander UFA Waived on April 30, 2013.[10]
C A.Q. Shipley Trade Baltimore Ravens Traded away on May 9, 2013.[11]


Position Player Tag 2012 team Notes
P Pat McAfee FT Indianapolis Colts Applied with Franchise Tag on March 1, 2013.[12]
DE Fili Moala UFA Indianapolis Colts Re-signed on March 4, 2013.[13]
CB Darius Butler UFA Indianapolis Colts Re-signed on March 12, 2013.[14]
T Gosder Cherilus UFA Detroit Lions Signed on March 12, 2013.[15]
CB Greg Toler UFA Arizona Cardinals Signed on March 12, 2013.[16]
OLB Erik Walden UFA Green Bay Packers Signed on March 12, 2013.[17]
G Donald Thomas UFA New England Patriots Signed on March 12, 2013.[18]
OLB Lawrence Sidbury UFA Atlanta Falcons Signed on March 12, 2013.[19]
S LaRon Landry UFA New York Jets Signed on March 13, 2013.[20]
DE Ricky Jean-Francois UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed on March 14, 2013.[21]
CB Cassius Vaughn RFA Indianapolis Colts Re-signed on March 18, 2013.[22]
QB Matt Hasselbeck UFA Tennessee Titans Signed on March 19, 2013.[23]
G Joe Reitz ERFA Indianapolis Colts Re-signed on March 20, 2013.[24]
NT Aubrayo Franklin UFA San Diego Chargers Signed on March 20, 2013.[24]
NT Martin Tevaseu ERFA Indianapolis Colts Re-signed on March 22, 2013.[25]
FB Stanley Havili Trade Philadelphia Eagles Traded for on March 28, 2013.[26]
T Jeff Linkenbach ERFA Indianapolis Colts Re-signed on March 28, 2013.[27]
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey UFA Oakland Raiders Signed on April 1, 2013.[28]
ILB Josh McNary UFA No team in 2012 Signed on April 11, 2013.[29]
CB Josh Gordy ERFA Indianapolis Colts Re-signed on April 15, 2013.[30]
LB Kelvin Sheppard Trade Buffalo Bills Traded for on April 29, 2013.[31]
RB Ahmad Bradshaw UFA New York Giants Signed on June 11, 2013.[32]
RB Trent Richardson Trade Cleveland Browns Traded for on September 18, 2013 [33]

Team captains

Position Player
QB Andrew Luck
OLB Robert Mathis
K Adam Vinatieri
  • Team captains had not been selected, or at least, players selected as captains did not begin to display their signature "C-patch" on their jerseys until during their Week 15 match-up against Houston. This just so happened to be the week that followed the Colts securing the AFC South title and their 26th playoff berth in franchise history.


Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 11 Buffalo Bills L 20-44 0-1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
2 August 18 at New York Giants W 20-12 1-1 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 August 24 Cleveland Browns W 27-6 2-1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 August 29 at Cincinnati Bengals L 10-27 2-2 Paul Brown Stadium Recap

Regular season

For the first time since the 2002 season, the Colts did not play the New England Patriots during the regular season. The Colts-Patriots rivalry had become one of the most known in modern era sports. However, they did play each other in playoffs.

One highlight of the 2013 Colts season was a trip to San Francisco to play the 49ers. This game marked the return of starting quarterback Andrew Luck to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he played three seasons of college football at Stanford University, which for his first two years there was coached by Jim Harbaugh, then-coach of the 49ers. Luck got the better of his old coach with a 27-7 statement victory.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 8 Oakland Raiders W 21-17 1-0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
2 September 15 Miami Dolphins L 20-24 1-1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
3 September 22 at San Francisco 49ers W 27-7 2-1 Candlestick Park Recap
4 September 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 37-3 3-1 EverBank Field Recap
5 October 6 Seattle Seahawks W 34-28 4-1 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
6 October 14 at San Diego Chargers L 9-19 4-2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
7 October 20 Denver Broncos W 39-33 5-2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
8 Bye
9 November 3 at Houston Texans W 27-24 6-2 Reliant Stadium Recap
10 November 10 St. Louis Rams L 8-38 6-3 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
11 November 14 at Tennessee Titans W 30-27 7-3 LP Field Recap
12 November 24 at Arizona Cardinals L 11-40 7-4 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
13 December 1 Tennessee Titans W 22-14 8-4 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
14 December 8 at Cincinnati Bengals L 28-42 8-5 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
15 December 15 Houston Texans W 25-3 9-5 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Kansas City Chiefs W 23-7 10-5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 December 29 Jacksonville Jaguars W 30-10 11-5 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: vs. Oakland Raiders

The Colts began their 2013 season at home, for the first time since 2009, against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders, who received the opening kickoff, would turn the ball over on a Terrelle Pryor interception by Colts cornerback Greg Toler. The interception would allow Andrew Luck and the Colts offense to drive down the field and score the first touchdown of the season on a pass from Luck to Reggie Wayne. Heading into the second quarter, the Colts defense would continue to prevent the Raiders from scoring, forcing Oakland to punt on second drive of the game. Luck would again lead the Colts down the field in an eight play, 69-yard drive that would result in a touchdown pass from Luck to tight end Dwayne Allen, giving the Colts an early 14-0 lead.[34] Pryor and the Raiders would respond for the first time on their next offensive drive, which ended in a touchdown run from Darren McFadden. Defensive stops by both the Colts and the Raiders would ensure no further scoring in the half and would allow Indianapolis to head into halftime with the 14-7 lead. Indianapolis was forced to punt on their first offensive possession of the second half, while the Raiders would drive down to the Colts 20-yard line and would score on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal, cutting the Colts lead to 14-10 lead. The Raiders would again begin to drive down the field and would score the go ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a pass from Denarius Moore from Terrelle Pryor, giving the Raiders a 17-14 lead.[35] Andrew Luck, on the next Colts offensive drive, would lead the team down the field, 71 yards in 11 plays, with Luck himself scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 19-yard run.[36] Pryor and the Raiders would drive down to the Colts 24-yard line, though the drive would end with an interception by Antoine Bethea, sealing the Colts victory.

With the win, the Colts went to 1-0 on the season and extended their home winning streak to seven games.

Week 2: vs. Miami Dolphins

The Colts faced the Miami Dolphins in week two, a rematch of the 23-20 Colts victory during the 2012 season. This game also marked the second meeting between Andrew Luck of the Colts and Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins, both sophomore quarterbacks.[37] Indianapolis, who received the opening kickoff, were unable to score on their first drive, unlike the Dolphins who drove down 58 yards in six plays, while scoring on a Tannehill pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace, giving the Dolphins an early 7-0 lead. The Colts would respond with a long drive of their own, however they would be able to put it into the endzone, settling instead for an Adam Vinatieri field goal.[38] The Dolphins would strike again, this time scoring in just two plays following a Tannehill 67-yard pass and a Lamar Miller touchdown run. The Colts, who entered the second quarter trailing 14-3, quickly scored their first touchdown on the day with an Andrew Luck pass to tight end Coby Fleener. After trading possessions, the Indianapolis offense would strike again, scoring their second touchdown of the quarter and taking the first lead of the day, though it would be taken away by a Caleb Sturgis field goal to end the half, with the teams going into halftime tied at 17. Indianapolis would drive down on their first possession of the second half, though a touchdown would be nullified by an illegal shift penalty and forcing the Colts to settle for a field goal. Midway through the third quarter, the Dolphins would score the go ahead touchdown on a Charles Clay run, putting them ahead 24-20. On their last offensive possession of the day, Luck and the Colts would drive down to the Miami 23-yard line, though the comeback would fall short following a sack of Luck on fourth down.[39]

With the loss, the Colts went to 1-1 on the season and lost their first home game since September 23, 2012.

Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers

Week 4: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 5: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 6: at San Diego Chargers

Week 7: vs. Denver Broncos

Week 9: at Houston Texans

The Colts fell behind 21-3 before rallying to defeat the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football 27-24.

Week 10: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 11: at Tennessee Titans

Week 12: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 13: vs. Tennessee Titans

Week 14: at Cincinnati Bengals

With the loss, the Colts dropped to 8-5, however, they clinched the AFC South division title after the Broncos defeated the Titans later in the evening.

Week 15: vs. Houston Texans

With the win, the Colts improved to 9-5 and 12-0 at home against the Texans.

Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 17: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, the Colts were the only team during the 2013 season to sweep all of their division rivals.



AFC South
(4) Indianapolis Colts 11 5 0 .688 6-0 9-3 391 336 W3
Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 .438 2-4 6-6 362 381 W2
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 12 0 .250 3-3 4-8 247 449 L3
Houston Texans 2 14 0 .125 1-5 2-10 276 428 L14


Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5-1 9-3 .469 .423 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 .473 .427 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3-3 8-4 .480 .494 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6-0 9-3 .484 .449 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2-4 7-5 .445 .335 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4-2 6-6 .496 .549 W4
Did not qualify for the postseason
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4-2 6-6 .469 .441 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3-3 6-6 .484 .418 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 .488 .414 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2-4 7-5 .523 .523 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2-4 6-6 .504 .375 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 .520 .500 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1-5 4-8 .523 .359 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3-3 4-8 .504 .234 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 .516 .477 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1-5 2-10 .559 .500 L14
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42-28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19-6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19-3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19-9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32-28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
Wild Card January 4, 2014 Kansas City Chiefs (5) W 45-44 1-0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
Divisional January 11, 2014 at New England Patriots (2) L 22-43 1-1 Gillette Stadium Recap

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: vs. #5 Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #2 New England Patriots


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