|2015 Indianapolis Colts season|
|Head coach||Chuck Pagano|
|General manager||Ryan Grigson|
|Home field||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||Mike Adams, SS|
Vontae Davis, CB
T. Y. Hilton, WR
The 2015 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League and the 32nd in Indianapolis. It was also the fourth season under the trio of head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson and quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts entered the 2015 season as the defending AFC South champions after compiling an 11-5 record before falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
After a week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Colts fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and elevated associate head coach Rob Chudzinski to replace him. The Colts failed to improve from their three consecutive 11-5 records and finished the season at 8-8 and lost the division to the Houston Texans and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and only the fourth time since 1998. Also this was their first time to lose to the Houston Texans at home since the Texans entered the NFL in 2002.
|1||29||Phillip Dorsett||Wide receiver||Miami|
|3||65||D'Joun Smith||Cornerback||Florida Atlantic|
|93||Henry Anderson||Defensive end||Stanford|
|4||109||Clayton Geathers||Safety||Central Florida|
|5||151||David Parry||Nose tackle||Stanford|
|6||205||Josh Robinson||Running back||Mississippi State|
|207||Amarlo Herrera||Inside linebacker||Georgia|
|7*||255||Denzelle Good||Tackle||Mars Hill|
|QB||Bryan Bennett||Southeastern Louisiana|
|RB||Abou Toure||Tennessee-Martin||Waived on August 31|
|TE||Jean Sifrin||Massachusetts-Amherst||Waived on June 2|
|TE||Justin Sinz||Purdue||Waived on August 31|
|C||Brandon Vitabile||Northwestern||Waived on August 31|
|WR||Ezell Ruffin||San Diego State||Waived on August 31|
|CB||Al-Hajj Shabazz||West Chester|
|CB||Donald Celiscar||Western Michigan||Waived-injured on August 31|
|ILB||Justin Shirk||Bloomsburg||Waived on August 31|
|OLB||Cody Galea||San Diego State|
|OLB||Terrell Hartsfield||Cincinnati||Waived on May 10|
|OLB||Zack Hodges||Harvard||Waived on August 31|
|K||Taylor Ponitus||North Alabama|||
|Date signed/released||2015 team||Notes|
|S||Mike Adams||UFA||March 10, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|LB||Daniel Adongo||ERFA||March 10, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|S||Colt Anderson||UFA||March 10, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|RB||Ahmad Bradshaw||UFA||October 14, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|S||Sergio Brown||UFA||March 11, 2015||Jacksonville Jaguars|||
|CB||Darius Butler||UFA||March 8, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|LB||Jerrell Freeman||RFA||April 27, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|CB||Josh Gordy||UFA||April 15, 2015||New York Giants|||
|QB||Matt Hasselbeck||UFA||February 26, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|RB||Daniel Herron||ERFA||April 1, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|LB||Cam Johnson||ERFA||March 10, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|LB||Josh McNary||ERFA||September 15, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|LS||Matt Overton||RFA||March 3, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|DE||Fili Moala||UFA||August 19, 2015||Houston Texans|||
|G||Joe Reitz||UFA||March 10, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|WR||Hakeem Nicks||UFA||April 24, 2015||Tennessee Titans|||
|DT||Jeris Pendleton||ERFA||June 30, 2015||Indianapolis Colts|||
|DE||Cory Redding||UFA||March 11, 2015||Arizona Cardinals|||
|C||A. Q. Shipley||RFA||March 11, 2015||Arizona Cardinals|||
|LB||Andy Studebaker||UFA||March 10, 2015||Tennessee Titans|||
|WR||Reggie Wayne||UFA||March 10, 2015||New England Patriots|||
|RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise tag|
|WR||Duron Carter||UFA||Montreal Alouettes||Signed on February 3, 2015.|
|OL||Ben Heenan||UFA||Saskatchewan Roughriders||Signed on February 3, 2015.|
|DE||Earl Okine||UFA||Brooklyn Bolts||Signed on March 3, 2015.|
|G||Todd Herremans||UFA||Philadelphia Eagles||Signed on March 8, 2015.|
|RB||Frank Gore||UFA||San Francisco 49ers||Signed on March 10, 2015.|
|LB||Trent Cole||UFA||Philadelphia Eagles||Signed on March 10, 2015.|
|DE||Kendall Langford||UFA||St. Louis Rams||Signed on March 10, 2015.|
|WR||Andre Johnson||UFA||Houston Texans||Signed on March 11, 2015.|
|LB||Nate Irving||UFA||Denver Broncos||Signed on March 20, 2015.|
|WR||Vincent Brown||UFA||Oakland Raiders||Signed on March 31, 2015.|
|S||Dwight Lowery||UFA||Atlanta Falcons||Signed on April 3, 2015.|
|S||LaRon Landry||UFA||--||Released on February 11, 2015.|
|LB||Andrew Jackson||UFA||--||Released on February 11, 2015.|
|T||Xavier Nixon||UFA||Washington Redskins||Released on February 11, 2015.|
|LB||Shaun Phillips||UFA||--||Released on February 16, 2015.|
|DE||Ricky Jean-Francois||UFA||Washington Redskins||Released on February 23, 2015.|
|RB||Michael Hill||UFA||Washington Redskins||Released on March 12, 2015.|
|RB||Trent Richardson||UFA||Oakland Raiders||Released on March 12, 2015.|
|1||August 16||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 10-36||0-1||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|2||August 22||Chicago Bears||L 11-23||0-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 29||at St. Louis Rams||W 24-14||1-2||Edward Jones Dome||Recap|
|4||September 3||Cincinnati Bengals||L 6-9||1-3||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 13||at Buffalo Bills||L 14-27||0-1||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 21||New York Jets||L 7-20||0-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 27||at Tennessee Titans||W 35-33||1-2||Nissan Stadium||Recap|
|4||October 4||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 16-13 (OT)||2-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 8||at Houston Texans||W 27-20||3-2||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 18||New England Patriots||L 27-34||3-3||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 25||New Orleans Saints||L 21-27||3-4||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|8||November 2||at Carolina Panthers||L 26-29 (OT)||3-5||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 8||Denver Broncos||W 27-24||4-5||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 22||at Atlanta Falcons||W 24-21||5-5||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|12||November 29||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 25-12||6-5||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 6||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 10-45||6-6||Heinz Field||Recap|
|14||December 13||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 16-51||6-7||EverBank Field||Recap|
|15||December 20||Houston Texans||L 10-16||6-8||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 27||at Miami Dolphins||W 18-12||7-8||Sun Life Stadium||Recap|
|17||January 3||Tennessee Titans||W 30-24||8-8||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
With the loss, the Colts fell to 0-1.
With the loss, the Colts fell to 0-2 for the second straight year.
After leading 14-0 in the first half, the Titans would score 27 unanswered points to take a 27-14 lead. However, the Colts would own the fourth quarter, as they outscored Tennessee 21-6. The Titans had a chance to tie the game after pulling within 35-33, but the 2-point attempt failed, and the Colts held on for the win. With the win, the Colts improved to 1-2 and picked up their 8th straight win over the Titans.
Due to an injured shoulder, Andrew Luck missed the first game of his career, and was replaced by 40-year-old veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who avoided any turnovers and led the Colts to a 16-13 win in overtime. Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers would miss 3 game-winning field goal attempts at the end of the fourth quarter and one in overtime. Adam Vinatieri would nail the game winner in overtime to give Indianapolis the win. With the win, the Colts evened their record at 2-2.
Despite a Hail Mary being thrown at the end of the first half, the Colts still managed to hold on for the win. With their 3rd straight win, the Colts improved to 3-2, and set a new NFL record for most consecutive wins against division opponents with 16.
This game was notorious for a terrible playcall by the Colts, now known as the Colts Catastrophe. With the Colts trailing 27-21 late in the 3rd quarter, Pagano opted to run a scrimmage play using special teams on 4th and 3 on the Colts' 37-yard line. However, a bizarre formation resulted in a Patriots tackle for loss, Colts turnover, and a flag for illegal formation. The Patriots easily scored a touchdown on the next drive and went on to win the game by 7 points, 34-27. The playcall was universally criticized and was considered by many to be the worst play in NFL history.
In the Super Bowl rematch between the two teams, the Saints started the first half, dominating the Colts 20-0, which stunned Indy's home crowd. The Colts looked for answers in the second half, but Andrew Luck struggled to find open receivers and he was intercepted twice on defense.
The Colts traveled to Charlotte to take on Cam Newton and his undefeated Carolina Panthers, looking to hang their first loss on them. After struggling much in the first half, the Colts answered back in the fourth quarter. However, it wasn't enough to stop the Panthers in overtime and the Colts would lose 29-26.
Peyton Manning returned to Indianapolis for the final time.
Late in the fourth quarter, with the Colts leading 27-24, they looked to extend the lead on a field goal by Adam Vinatieri, but it was overturned and the Colts still won 27-24.
With the win, the Colts went to 4-5, while the Broncos suffered their first loss and dropped to 7-1.
However, two days later, Andrew Luck was hospitalized with a lacerated kidney along with an abdominal injury. He ended up missing the rest of the season, putting more pressure on veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck, who was 2-0 in 2 starts due to Luck's previous injury.
The Colts would trail 21-7 late in the third quarter, but they would fight back to tie the game at 21 after D'Qwell Jackson returned an interception at the Atlanta 6-yard line for a touchdown. The Colts would then later on march down the field to win it with an Adam Vinatieri field goal with 52 seconds left. With the win, the Colts improved to 5-5. They also improved to 14-2 all time against the Falcons.
With the win, the Colts improved to 6-5 and remained in the playoff hunt.
The Colts would suffer an embarrassing loss on national television to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers would lead for the majority of the game, and the Colts could not get into any rhythm. With the loss, the Colts fell to 6-6.
The Colts would lead 13-3, but Jacksonville would outscore Indianapolis 48-3 from then on. With the loss, the Colts fell to 6-7 and lost to a divisional opponent for the first time since 2012, snapping their NFL record 16-game winning streak in division play.
This, notably, is the Colts' first loss to the Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium since the latter team began play in 2002.
With the win, the Colts improved to 7-8. This was Matt Hasselbeck's final career game.
With the win, the Colts ended their season at 8-8 and won their 9th straight game against the Titans.
|(4) Houston Texans||9||7||0||.563||5-1||7-5||339||313||W3|
|2[a]||New England Patriots||East||12||4||0||.750||4-2||9-3||.473||.448||L2|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||West||11||5||0||.688||5-1||10-2||.496||.432||W10|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|7[b]||New York Jets||East||10||6||0||.625||3-3||7-5||.441||.388||L1|
|14||San Diego Chargers||West||4||12||0||.250||0-6||3-9||.527||.328||L2|