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I was traveling to Fontana, CA and had a layover in Vegas.  The entire airport was yelling and screaming for the Chargers.....that game hurt for sure.  I believe we were consistently pinned deep by Mike Scifres.

 

Oh, that's the 2008 playoff game. That one was rough, too...

 

Lots of SoCal transplants in Vegas, quick flights from here to there, etc. That's not surprising.

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Oh, that's the 2008 playoff game. That one was rough, too...

 

Lots of SoCal transplants in Vegas, quick flights from here to there, etc. That's not surprising.

My bad...those Charger games are so easy to roll together.  :)  That game hurt.  

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2005 Steelers game. I still replay that shoestring tackle on Harper. If  Roethlisberger was one inch off the Colts win that game, and probably the Super Bowl.

 

If Nick Harper's wife hadn't stabbed him in the leg...

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Wow, if they did a documentary/behind the scenes on the Saints onside kick, can you imagine the one they will do on the Seattle/Green Bay game this year?

 

Yea, it's pretty insane how meticulous the Saints had it planned out. They worked on it in training, said they'd do it at half-time, and even planned which direction to go with the onside kick so the Saints bench could be closest to the ball and not the Colts.

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2005 Steelers game. I still replay that shoestring tackle on Harper. If Roethlisberger was one inch off the Colts win that game, and probably the Super

Bowl.

If Nick Harper wasn't stabbed maybe he runs it back. I can't imagine running with a stab wound on your leg feels good

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Y I K E S ! ... dw49! :). Lotta dough, man, lotta dough. :)

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Wish I had the money I lost in casinos and racetracks back then. But live and learn , however that did sting a little that they just didn't kick the FG in that 2nd over time. Remember .. the goal post were stili on the goal line back then. So like an extra point....

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I'm surprised the Chargers playoff games aren't being noted that much.  Those games were hard to watch. To this day, the 2007 playoff game against the Chargers was the single best punting display I've ever seen

Yeah, 21isSuperman! I will never forget when "Philly-Boy" Rivers flipped us all off afterwards. Wanted to give that guy a knuckle sandwich. And I'm no where close to being a violent person unless people mess with my family. And ColtsNation is an extension of said family. Grrrrrrrrr! I still remember that. Makes my blood boil. Very uncalled for and very unprofessional. I mean, the dude won the game and felt like he still had to insult us. Unbelievable.

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To me, it was the 95 play off run. The AFC championship game against the steelers. Colts were up with just seconds to go, steelers receiver runs out of bounds clearly , colts dB backs off and the receiver comes back in and catches a wide open TD....colts lose.

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The '05 championship hurt!

That'd be #1 on my list as well as the Caldwell timeout (as I was at that game, and wondered why!! Just like peyton)

I think the '03 divisional game was bad too losing to the Patriots... Peyton's breakout year, I thought we were going all the way that year.

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2005 Steelers game. I still replay that shoestring tackle on Harper. If  Roethlisberger was one inch off the Colts win that game, and probably the Super Bowl.

Agree with you, mattceinicram! If the Colts win that game it's a rematch of Super Bowl V against Dallas. Loved that game, btw. :) Never will forget Jim O'Brien's 32 yard FG with under 10 seconds on the clock. A lot of people called that Super Bowl, "The Blunder Bowl", because of all the turmoil plays that both teams suffered from. Colts won, though ... 16-13 ...

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Agree with you, mattceinicram! If the Colts win that game it's a rematch of Super Bowl V against Dallas. Loved that game, btw. :) Never will forget Jim O'Brien's 32 yard FG with under 10 seconds on the clock. A lot of people called that Super Bowl, "The Blunder Bowl", because of all the turmoil plays that both teams suffered from. Colts won, though ... 16-13 ...

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Sorry about this. That was "1995" not 2005. Gotta get some better glasses or pay better attention. :)

Or both ...

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Colts were pretty unlucky in that game also. Could have easily been ahead by 10-14 points at half time.

Definitely . I've watched it many times , and the Colts were killing the Jets in the first half. Should have been 20-0. Tom Matte averaged 10.9 yards per carry in that game which is still a Super Bowl record. That 13-1 Colts team beat Cleveland 34-0 in the NFL Championship game. The 67 Colts were 11-1-2. I'm not sure people today understand the gravity of that upset, and how it should never have occurred. You can blame Rosenbloom, Shula, and Morrall for that loss.

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Agree with you, mattceinicram! If the Colts win that game it's a rematch of Super Bowl V against Dallas. Loved that game, btw. :) Never will forget Jim O'Brien's 32 yard FG with under 10 seconds on the clock. A lot of people called that Super Bowl, "The Blunder Bowl", because of all the turmoil plays that both teams suffered from. Colts won, though ... 16-13 ...

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A horrific game, but a great Colts victory over the Cowboys. It was technically the first Super Bowl, as the other four were NFL-AFL Championship games. Johnny was old and banged up, but managed to throw a touchdown tipped pass to John Mackey. Morrall redeemed himself when Johnny got injured. As you said, clutch kick by Jimmy O' Brien, who wasn't the greatest kicker. This was another great season, as the Colts finished 11-2-1, then beat the Bengals and Raiders to get to Super Bowl 5 against the Cowboys. They had a nice year in 1971 going 10-4 and getting the wildcard, but lost in the AFC Championship game to Miami and Shula, 21-0. That was another tough loss for the Colts rarely mentioned, because of the Colts bad blood with Shula after he exited, or was forced out by Rosenbloom for the Super Bowl 3 loss.

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anything that happened to the baltimore colts might as well have been a different franchise imo.  dfferent city, different owners, different players, different fan base.  the only things that remained were the name and logo.

 

should this team ever leave indy(god forbid) i wouldnt keep rooting for them

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The Super Bowl loss to the Saints by a mile.  First of all, I spent a ton of money to fly down there and go to the game, secondly, we gave the game away.  First a 10-0 lead, then a goal line stand after which we give the ball to Mike Hart and punt it back right away.  That is where the game was lost.  The onside kick that the Colts actually recovered but was given to the Saints because the ball was on their sideline.  

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I will go to my grave knowing in my heart that the Colts initially recovered that ball. But in the scrum that took FOREVER to unpile, partly bc of being so close the the Saints bench, they ended up with it. I've even played similar pileup "removals" and timed them. Most take around 30 seconds tops....that one took over a minute. And you could hear Colts players yelling "blue ball" repeatedly. Ugh. But the drop by Garçon hurt just as much. Would have extended the drive.

The 2005 Steelers loss hurt about as much. Had Harper just run to the sideline he walks in untouched! And the Colts wake up, roll the Broncos and Seahawks to win the SB that year.

The 2007 Pats "AFCC Part 2" was a tough one. The Colts had the lead late, but lost it. And they lost a ton of players and barely fielded a team against the Chargers the next game. Then we lost Freeney. It came back to bite us in the playoffs when we couldn't get a pass rush on Billy VOLEK!!!

That Pats game saw us lose Gonzalez, Clark, and Harrison among others. Harrison came back for the Chargers game, only to fumble when we were driving to go up 14-0. Had that not happened I think we win the game. The fumble completely changed the tone of the game and gave the Chargers new life.

For some reason the early New England losses didn't sting as bad, bc Peyton was still young and I knew we had some time....

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Mike Vanderjact missing the field goal after 18 drove us down after fumble return.

TY Law being a nemesis in the snow.

Mike Scifres pinning us inside the 10, like 4or 5 times. (I was there)

And the onside kick, losing Freeney in the Super Bowl.

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anything that happened to the baltimore colts might as well have been a different franchise imo.  dfferent city, different owners, different players, different fan base.  the only things that remained were the name and logo.

 

should this team ever leave indy(god forbid) i wouldnt keep rooting for them

Wrong or mostly wrong on half your counts ...

1. Different City - correct

2. Different Owners - wrong

3. Different Players - mostly wrong

4. Different Fan Base - mostly wrong

5. Name - correct

6. Logo - correct

Go to - Baltimore Colts Relocate to Indianapolis - Wikipedia - read it! The Colts were "FORCED" out of Baltimore by the Maryland Legislature. Different franchise, in your opinion? Okay. That's not the way thousands upon thousands see it. Including me.

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Definitely . I've watched it many times , and the Colts were killing the Jets in the first half. Should have been 20-0. Tom Matte averaged 10.9 yards per carry in that game which is still a Super Bowl record. That 13-1 Colts team beat Cleveland 34-0 in the NFL Championship game. The 67 Colts were 11-1-2. I'm not sure people today understand the gravity of that upset, and how it should never have occurred. You can blame Rosenbloom, Shula, and Morrall for that loss.

What made me so uneasy as a youngster watching this game was the total inability by the Colts to score. After witnessing the 1st & 2nd quarters, I was a wreck at halftime. 16-7 I believe was the final score and that didn't come until late as I recall.

However, you are 100% correct, The Old Crow. Yardage wise, it should've been 20-0. Jimmy Orr in the end zone made me sick.

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two playoff losses to Pittsburgh , all the playoff losses to the Patriots.  these were all brutal.  Other losses to San Diego, Titans, & two to the Jets were like getting pins stuck in your eyes on and off for four hours with everclear being poured in them for the duration.  Wasn't so distraught with Saints loss due to Freeney being injured (playing hurt)--  (thought it really killed us)

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anything that happened to the baltimore colts might as well have been a different franchise imo.  dfferent city, different owners, different players, different fan base.  the only things that remained were the name and logo.

 

should this team ever leave indy(god forbid) i wouldnt keep rooting for them

Not for me. I've been a Colt fan my whole life through the move to INDY. Would have loved to switch to a local team (NY?NJ) in 1984, but the Colts played the Jets....Same horseshoe, same color (except for those ugly grey (NOT EVEN SILVER) pants with the numbers in the horseshoe). I couldn't switch.

 

Super Bowl III and even the loss to the Rams in the last game of the 1967 season were watershed "what ifs" for the franchise.

 

People don't realize, the Colts were 26-3-2 over a 2 year period without a championship.  

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1. The 2005 Steelers loss was the worst by far. So many things happened that year that made you believe the Colts would finally do it. They slayed the dragon that was New England in Foxborough. All of their wins were by atleast 7 points or more that year. They beat every team that made the playoffs outside of the Broncos. And given their recent history at the time, it's fair to say that the Colts likely would've destroyed the Broncos in the AFC Championship in Indy the next week. That team virtually had no weaknesses (outside of the liquor'd up kicker of course). Irsay and Polian have both said that was the best Colts team they had ever seen. Vanderjagt missed that kick but before that, the Colts had a 3rd and 2 where Dallas Clark was sitting wide open in the middle of the field. Peyton throws that and the FG gets a significantly easier for VJ to make.

 

2. The 2007 Chargers playoff game was the 2nd worst IMO. The team didn't have much of a running game that year but the team had a better defense than offense that season. Manning hit his first 9 passes or something like that to start the game with the Colts going up 7-0 early. Colts then got a huge pick and were driving again before Harrison had that fumble that completely changed the complexion of the game. The fact that Billy freaking Volek lead a game-winning drive still sickens me. Pretty sure he converted like a 3rd and 12 or something ridiculous on that drive too. Oh and Kenton "hands of stone" Keith letting a pass get tipped at the one yard line that got intercepted by a Chargers player with one hand.

 

3. The Saints Super Bowl. Losing the way the Colts did was what made it worse. The Colts rarely lost games in that era when they had a lead on teams. But once Freeney got hurt, the Colts could no longer get a pass-rush (which brings back memories to what happened in 2007 when he was out the 2nd half of the season). In hindsight, those Colts teams may have been a little too reliant on Freeney AND Mathis both playing to generate a pass-rush. Anywho, the Peyton pick-6 was an absolute killer. Seeing Austin Collie run wide open on the other side of the field made it worse during that play. Of course the onside kick sucks but the Colts still had plenty of chances to get re-gain control of the game. The fact that the offense only put up 7 more points after getting a 10-0 lead was mind-boggling

 

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In order:

1. Super Bowl III

2. 1972 AFC Championship game vs. Dolphins

3. Super Bowl XLIV

4. 2005 nuff said

5. Tie 1996 AFC & 2004 AFC Championship

A regular season loss I never really got over was the 1989 finale. Losing 10-6 at New Orleans we got steamrolled 31-0 in the 2nd half. Given the AFC was so weak, and we had beaten every contender except Denver I thought that team had a shot to go the Super Bowl. We also gave the Niners a real battle in the opener so I always thought we would have fared better than Denver.

 

This is a proper list, however, I think it's actually the 1995 AFC championship game. No matter, in fact, if there was replay back then I think we win that game.  If I recall we beat Dallas earlier that year, I always believed we would have given them a good fight in the Super Bowl.  Instead we had to watch Pitt get rolled by Dallas.  I'm now having a flashback of Coryatt getting trucked by Cordell Stewart on the sideline....now I see him stepping out of bounds for a touchdown.  Oops, just had a vision of the Hank Baskett nightmare...I gotta go, this isn't healthy for me.

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This is a proper list, however, I think it's actually the 1995 AFC championship game. No matter, in fact, if there was replay back then I think we win that game.  If I recall we beat Dallas earlier that year, I always believed we would have given them a good fight in the Super Bowl.  Instead we had to watch Pitt get rolled by Dallas.  I'm now having a flashback of Coryatt getting trucked by Cordell Stewart on the sideline....now I see him stepping out of bounds for a touchdown.  Oops, just had a vision of the Hank Baskett nightmare...I gotta go, this isn't healthy for me.

The game is on youtube, Go to 2:16:13.....shows the replay......Unfortunately it was a drop

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honestly the 2009 superbowl against the saints was the most crushing to me, cause to me that game was 100% momentum and the start of the 2nd half and onward just made my heart sink slower and slower, denying the inevitable doom that the colts were gonna face. like slowly watching them collapse. i firmly believe the colts were the far more superior team. but the culture and vibe of the team just spelled out doom, and i really think we would have played with more fire throughout the playoffs (more importantly the superbowl where we looked deflated 2nd half) if we tried to chase the 16-0

 

next one would be the 2005 steelers game, but i was only a fan for a year at the time so i was definitely more emotional about the chargers playoff game i forgot which year it was, but the one where colts bring it to overtime, peyton doesnt see the ball at all, and darren sproles just torches the defense. that one really sucked, and i was really frustrated after peytons efforts to tie the game back up.

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This is a proper list, however, I think it's actually the 1995 AFC championship game. No matter, in fact, if there was replay back then I think we win that game.  If I recall we beat Dallas earlier that year, I always believed we would have given them a good fight in the Super Bowl.  Instead we had to watch Pitt get rolled by Dallas.  I'm now having a flashback of Coryatt getting trucked by Cordell Stewart on the sideline....now I see him stepping out of bounds for a touchdown.  Oops, just had a vision of the Hank Baskett nightmare...I gotta go, this isn't healthy for me.

 

Sorry for the confusion. I went calendar year on the championship games. In the 1996 season the Colts beat Dallas in Dallas, 25-24 coming from 21-3 down.

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