Indianapolis Colts Tickets
When the Miami Seahawks of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) went bankrupt in 1946, the team’s ownership changed hands and moved to Baltimore. As the AAFC merged with the NFL in 1950, the newly formed Colts joined the NFL. However their stay at the NFL was short lived and the Colts suffered major financial problems in 1951 which resulted in the league dissolving the team. For the Colts to re enter the league, in December 1952, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell challenged the franchise to sell 15,000 tickets in a six week period. The Colts completed the challenge with one and a half week to spare. Established once again in 1953, the Baltimore Colts became one of the first NFL teams to have a marching band, a fight song and cheerleaders.
Even though the team was not again rebranded as the Indianapolis Colts until 1984, the Colts stay at Baltimore produced some of the best football NFL has seen. If you’re interested in Indianapolis Colts tickets, you can get them here.
The Colts Time in Baltimore
Starting in 1953, the Colts stay in Baltimore lasted thirty years. During this time, the Baltimore Colts made it to the playoffs ten times. The Colts also won five Division and an equal number of Conference titles. They also won three NFL Championships and Super Bowl V in 1970. In addition to the success, the Colts time in Baltimore will be known for Johnny Unitas leadership. Unitas joined the Colts in 1956 and remained with the team for sixteen years. During this time, Unitas helped the Colts win three NFL Championships and one Super Bowl. He was named MVP three times during his time with the Colts.
Unitas played an instrumental role in popularizing football in the US. This was due to the 1958 NFL Championship Game that was later dubbed as the ‘Greatest Game Ever Played’. First time an NFL playoff game went into sudden death overtime, the game was televised by NBC across the nation which gave football national coverage. The 1958 NFL Championship game will also be remembered for Raymond Berry’s 12 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown.
1970 was the year when the American Football League (AFL) merged with the NFL placing the Colts in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). After winning Super Bowl V in 1970, the Colts hit a rough patch. Even though they were able to reach the playoffs in 1971, they lost to the Miami Dolphins in the Conference Championship game. In 1975, 1976, 1977, the Colts topped their division and reached the playoffs, however lost every time – twice to the Pittsburg Steelers and once to the Oakland Raiders. For the next six years the Baltimore Colts were unable to reach the playoffs.
The Colts Move to Indianapolis
Indianapolis made an offer to the Colts to move in 1984 as it was without a football team. Baltimore unable to match the offer, tried to persuade the owners to stay. Fearing a domain threat from Baltimore, the Colts packed up their bags in the middle of the night on March 29, 1984, and relocated to Indianapolis. The move is considered controversial as many matters, particularly legal, were still pending at the time. The Colts were in such a hurry and the move was so unplanned that they left some of their equipment back in Baltimore. After sorting legal matters, the Colts were rebranded once again as the Indianapolis Colts. It took Baltimore twelve years to get their own football team in the form of the Baltimore Ravens.
The Colts played their first NFL season in Indianapolis in 1984. The first few seasons for the Colts were not successful. The only highlight from 1984 till 1986 was Duane Bickett getting Rookie of the Year Award in 1985. Things looked up for the Colts in 1987 when they topped the East Division in the AFC, but lost to the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional playoffs 38-21. The Colts entered another playoff drought after 1987, which lasted till 1994. A couple of smart picks turned the Colts fortunes around. In 1994, the Colts drafted Running Back Marshall Faulk and acquired Quarterback Jim Harbaugh. These changes helped the Colts make it to the playoffs after seven years as a Wild Card entry where they defeated San Diego Chargers 35-20 and won the divisional playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs 10-7. They lost the Conference championship to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jim Harbaugh was named Comeback Player of the Year.
Colts in Recent Years
Since 1995, the Indianapolis Colts have made it to the playoffs regularly. This had a lot to do with the drafting of New Orleans Saints legend Archie Manning’s son Peyton Manning. The New Orleans, Louisiana, native stayed with the Colts from 1998 till 2011. During his tenure, Manning won six MVP awards and led the Colts to a Super Bowl win 2006 against the Chicago Bears 29-17. The Indianapolis Colts reached the Super Bowl again in 2009 where they were defeated by the New Orleans Saints 31-17. Since Manning’s departure in 2011, the Colts have reached the playoffs as a Wild Card entry in 2012, 2013, 2014. The furthest they could reach was in 2014 when they lost to the New England Patriots in the Conference Championship game 45-7. The last two years for the Colts have been unremarkable with the team unable to make it to the playoffs.
The Indianapolis Colts fans have a lot to look forward to in 2017. With a rich history, the Colts have always been able to claw their way back. This is one of the reasons the Indianapolis Colts have a passionate fan base. With the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, expected to be a sellout throughout the 2017 season, the Indianapolis Colts tickets will be harder to get as the first game of the season comes closer. If you’re a Colts fan, then get these tickets before they all sell out.