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1977 Baltimore Colts season


1977 Baltimore Colts season

1977 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Ted Marchibroda
Home field Memorial Stadium
Record 10–4
Division place T-1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional (Raiders) 37–31 (2OT)
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The 1977 Baltimore Colts season was the 25th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1977 season with a record of 10 wins and 4 losses, and finished tied for first in the AFC East division with the Miami Dolphins. However, the Colts finished ahead of Miami based on better conference record (9–3 to Dolphins' 8–4). This season would mark the final season in which the Colts would make the playoffs as a Baltimore-based franchise. Baltimore would not be in the playoffs again until the Baltimore Ravens, the Colts' successors in Baltimore, advanced to Super Bowl XXXV just over 23 years later.


The Colts fired general manager Joe Thomas before the 1977 season, due to a power struggle he was having with head coach Ted Marchibroda.

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 at Seattle Seahawks W 29–14 1–0 Kingdome
2 September 25, 1977 at New York Jets W 20–12 2–0 Shea Stadium
3 October 2, 1977 Buffalo Bills W 17–14 3–0 Memorial Stadium
4 October 9, 1977 Miami Dolphins W 45–28 4–0 Memorial Stadium
5 October 16, 1977 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–6 5–0 Arrowhead Stadium
6 October 23, 1977 at New England Patriots L 3–17 5–1 Schaeffer Stadium
7 October 30, 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–21 6–1 Memorial Stadium
8 November 7, 1977 Washington Redskins W 10–3 7–1 Memorial Stadium
9 November 13, 1977 at Buffalo Bills W 31–13 8–1 Rich Stadium
10 November 20, 1977 New York Jets W 33–12 9–1 Memorial Stadium
11 November 27, 1977 at Denver Broncos L 13–27 9–2 Mile High Stadium
12 December 5, 1977 at Miami Dolphins L 6–17 9–3 Miami Orange Bowl
13 December 11, 1977 Detroit Lions L 10–13 9–4 Memorial Stadium
14 December 18, 1977 New England Patriots W 30–24 10–4 Memorial Stadium

This was the last NFL regular season with 14 games, the regular season was expanded to 16 games in 1978.

Week 2

1 234Total
Colts 7 760 20
Jets 0 309 12


Week 10

1 234Total
Jets 3 036 12
Colts 6 1377 33




The team made it to the playoffs as a No. 2 seed and played host to the Oakland Raiders in the divisional round. The Colts held a 31–28 lead with time running out, when the famous "Ghost to the Post" play to Casper advanced the Raiders to the Baltimore 14-yard line, where Errol Mann kicked the tying field goal to send the contest into overtime. After the first overtime went scoreless, Casper caught a 10-yard touchdown pass 43 seconds into the period to win the game for the Raiders.

Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site Attendance
Divisional December 24, 1977 Oakland Raiders (4) L 31–37 0–1 Memorial Stadium


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