Indianapolis Colts, American expert turf football crew situated in Indianapolis that plays in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The establishment, initially known as the Baltimore (Maryland) Colts (1953–84), has won three NFL titles (1958, 1959, 1968) and two Super Bowls (1971, 2007).
The Colts started from the disintegrated Dallas Texans NFL group in 1953. There had been two expert football crews with the name Baltimore Colts before 1953, and proceeded with fan support in the Baltimore zone drove the NFL to affirm the buy and migration of the outdated Texans by the Baltimore-based proprietors. The rechristened Colts enlisted future Hall of Fame head mentor Weeb Ewbank in 1954 and marked Johnny Unitas, who wound up one of football's unsurpassed most noteworthy quarterbacks, in 1956.
In the late 1950s Unitas headed a considerable offense that included, notwithstanding Unitas, three other future Hall of Famers: handle Jim Parker, end Raymond Berry, and halfback Lenny Moore. In 1958 the Colts vanquished the New York Giants 23–17 out of a broadly broadcast NFL title game, which the Colts won when their running back Alan Ameche scored a one-yard touchdown keep running in an abrupt demise extra time period. The 1958 title game took on the epithet "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and was likely the absolute most significant minute in the promotion of expert football in the last 50% of the twentieth century. The Colts reemerged as NFL champions the accompanying season, beating the Giants again in the title game.
The group showed up in another important title game in 1969, when the vigorously supported NFL champion Colts met the upstart American Football League (AFL) champion New York Jets in Super Bowl III. The Jets were driven by youthful quarterback Joe Namath, who stated, before the game, that he ensured a Super Bowl triumph and afterward guided his 18-point dark horse group to the greatest miracle in Super Bowl history. In 1971 the Colts won their first Super Bowl, a 16–13 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys.
The years after Unitas' 1973 takeoff from the group were loaded up with numerous average seasons and no playoff triumphs for the rest of the group's residency in Baltimore. In 1984 group proprietor Robert Irsay—in the wake of neglecting to get neighborhood government financing for another arena—migrated the group to Indianapolis in a move that occurred amidst the, prior night most Colts fans realized that any move had been arranged. Indeed, even after the establishment had withdrawn, the Colts Marching Band kept the soul of the group alive in Baltimore by proceeding to perform in processions and at metro occasions until 1996, when the Cleveland Browns moved to the city as the Ravens.
The migrated Colts at first battled, fitting the bill for postseason play just once in their initial 11 seasons in Indianapolis. In 1998 the Colts drafted quarterback Peyton Manning, who collaborated with wide beneficiary Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrin James to give the Colts one of the class' best offenses in the mid 2000s. Keeping an eye on set up record passing numbers and drove the group to various winning seasons, yet he was regularly accused for his group's disappointments to progress in the playoffs.
The group got through in 2007, beating the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl and putting a stop to analysis that Manning couldn't win the major event. In 2009 the Colts won their initial 14 rounds of the period on the way to winning the AFC's top seed in the playoffs. Indianapolis then effectively progressed to the Super Bowl, where it was angry with the New Orleans Saints. Keeping an eye on missed the whole 2011 NFL season attributable to preseason neck medical procedure, and the Colts posted a 2–14 record, finishing the group's dash of nine successive periods of at any rate 10 triumphs (which additionally incorporated a NFL-record seven straight 12-win battles [2003–09]). The poor record earned the Colts the primary pick in the 2012 NFL draft (spent on quarterback Andrew Luck), and the group discharged Manning during the off-season to abstain from paying him a sizable contract reward and to start revamping around a more youthful center of players. Karma then drove the Colts to an amazing 11–5 season that finished in a first-round playoff misfortune in his first season with the group.
The Colts won a division title in 2013, which the group pursued with a mixing 28-point rebound triumph in its opening playoff game—the second biggest point differential made up during a success in NFL postseason history—before getting disposed of in the accompanying playoff round. Karma kept on improving, and in 2014 the Colts won a third straight division title and upset Manning's new group, the Denver Broncos, in the playoffs on the way to a misfortune in the AFC title game. Notwithstanding, the Colts were unfit to advance from that accomplishment, and the group completed the accompanying two seasons with 8–8 records and outside the playoffs. Karma experienced shoulder medical procedure after the 2016 season, yet inconveniences during his recuperation kept him out of the sum of the accompanying season, during which the Colts attempted to a 4–12 record. Karma returned in 2018 and played a full season, during which he revitalized the Colts from a 1–5 begin to win 10 recreations and fit the bill for the playoffs, which finished in a misfortune in the divisional round.