|2020 Indianapolis Colts season|
|Head coach||Frank Reich|
|General manager||Chris Ballard|
|Home field||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC South|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Bills) 24-27|
|Pro Bowlers||C Ryan Kelly|
G Quenton Nelson
OLB Darius Leonard
|AP All-Pros||G Quenton Nelson (1st team)|
DT DeForest Buckner (1st team)
LB Darius Leonard (1st team)
ST George Odum (1st team)
C Ryan Kelly (2nd team)
LS Luke Rhodes (2nd team)
The 2020 season was the Indianapolis Colts' 68th in the National Football League and their 37th in Indianapolis. It will also be their third season under head coach Frank Reich and fourth under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard. Long-time San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers signed a one-year contract worth $25 million on March 17, 2020 to take over as the team's starting quarterback, reuniting him with Frank Reich, who served as quarterbacks coach for the Chargers during the 2013 season.
Despite giving the Jacksonville Jaguars their only win of the season in their season opener, the Colts improved upon their 7-9 season from the previous year with a Week 13 win over the Houston Texans and returned to the playoffs as a Wild Card as the 7th seed. The Colts finished tied with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South division title, with an 11-5 record, but lost the tiebreaker based on record vs. division opponents (5-1 to 4-2). In the Wild Card, the Colts were defeated by the Buffalo Bills 27-24, marking the only time in his career Rivers lost in the Wild Card Round.
Following the season, Rivers announced his retirement on January 20, 2021, after 17 years in the league. After starting a total of 252 straight games and never missing a single start in his career, Rivers also retired as 2nd in the all-time consecutive starts list, only behind former long-time Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Rivers' retirement left Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks as the new longest active leader for consecutive starts by a quarterback.
|2||34||Michael Pittman Jr.||WR||USC||from Washington Redskins|
|41||Jonathan Taylor||RB||Wisconsin||from Cleveland Browns|
|3||85||Julian Blackmon||S||Utah||from Philadelphia Eagles via Detroit Lions|
|5||149||Danny Pinter||G||Ball State||from Detroit Lions|
|6||193||Robert Windsor||DT||Penn State|
|211||Isaiah Rodgers||CB||UMass||from New York Jets via Kansas City Chiefs|
|212||Dezmon Patmon||WR||Washington State||from New England Patriots|
|213||Jordan Glasgow||LB||Michigan||from New England Patriots|
|1||Philadelphia Eagles||Lucas Oil Stadium||Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|2||Washington Football Team||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|3||at Buffalo Bills||New Era Field|
|4||at Cincinnati Bengals||Paul Brown Stadium|
|1||September 13||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 20-27||0-1||TIAA Bank Field||Recap|
|2||September 20||Minnesota Vikings||W 28-11||1-1||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 27||New York Jets||W 36-7||2-1||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|4||October 4||at Chicago Bears||W 19-11||3-1||Soldier Field||Recap|
|5||October 11||at Cleveland Browns||L 23-32||3-2||FirstEnergy Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 18||Cincinnati Bengals||W 31-27||4-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|8||November 1||at Detroit Lions||W 41-21||5-2||Ford Field||Recap|
|9||November 8||Baltimore Ravens||L 10-24||5-3||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|10||at Tennessee Titans||W 34-17||6-3||Nissan Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 22||Green Bay Packers||W 34-31 (OT)||7-3||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 29||Tennessee Titans||L 26-45||7-4||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 6||at Houston Texans||W 26-20||8-4||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 13||at Las Vegas Raiders||W 44-27||9-4||Allegiant Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 20||Houston Texans||W 27-20||10-4||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 27||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 24-28||10-5||Heinz Field||Recap|
|17||January 3||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 28-14||11-5||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
The Colts failed to win in Week 1 for the seventh consecutive season, dating back to 2014. In addition, they also suffered their sixth consecutive road loss to the Jaguars. This was the Jaguars only win of the season.
This game marked the team's 300th home win in franchise history. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins struggled immensely, throwing 3 interceptions, just 113 yards and 11 completions on 26 attempts, and a passer rating of 15.9
Philip Rivers reached 400 touchdowns and 60,000 passing yards for his career. Sam Darnold threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Colts defensive backs, and was sacked in the end zone for a safety.
After trailing 0-21 in the second quarter, the Colts outscored the Bengals 31-6 to improve to 4-2 entering their bye week. The 21-point deficit is the largest comeback in a home regular season game in franchise history. It was also Philip Rivers' largest comeback win since 2006, coincidentally also against the Bengals, also Rivers' first year as a starting quarterback.
As one of five AFC teams with a 10-5 record entering Week 17, the Colts were on the outside of the playoff picture until the Miami Dolphins fell to the Buffalo Bills earlier in the afternoon. The Colts held on for a 28-14 win to avoid being swept by the otherwise winless Jaguars. With the win and the Houston Texans' loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Colts finished the season with an 11-5 record and were eliminated from contention for the division title, but clinched the seventh and final wild card slot in the expanded NFL playoffs.
|(4) Tennessee Titans||11||5||0||.688||5-1||8-4||491||439||W1|
|(7) Indianapolis Colts||11||5||0||.688||4-2||7-5||451||362||W1|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||West||14||2||0||.875||4-2||10-2||.465||.464||L1|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|9||Las Vegas Raiders||West||8||8||0||.500||4-2||6-6||.539||.477||W1|
|10[e]||New England Patriots||East||7||9||0||.438||3-3||6-6||.527||.429||W1|
|11[e]||Los Angeles Chargers||West||7||9||0||.438||3-3||6-6||.482||.344||W4|
|15||New York Jets||East||2||14||0||.125||0-6||1-11||.594||.656||L1|
|Playoff round||Date||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Venue||Recap|
|Wild Card||at Buffalo Bills (2)||L 24-27||0-1||Bills Stadium||Recap|
In what would become quarterback Philip Rivers' last game in the NFL, the Colts fell to the Bills by a final score of 27-24 despite coming back from a 24-10 fourth-quarter deficit. Rivers threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and led another drive to the Bills' 47-yard line in the final two minutes, but the Colts were unable to score on the drive, sealing the win for the Bills.