The American football team Indianapolis Colts is prominently known for winning two Super Bowl trophies. It’s a part of the American Football Conference (AFC) and was originally known as the Baltimore (Maryland) Colts. The franchise was established after the dissolution of the Dallas Texans NFL team in 1953.
In 1954, the Colts hired head coach Weeb Ewbank, who went on to become a Hall of Famer, along with Johnny Unitas who went on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. With him and three more future Hall of Famers — Jim Parker as tackle, Raymond Berry as tight end, and Lenny Moore as halfback. As the offense led by them, the team defeated the New York Giants by 23-17 in the NFL championship game.
The following season, the Colts again scored victory in the NFL championship by again defeating the Giants. Later in 1969, the Colts achieved another grand title game when they faced off against the AFL champions New York Jets in the Super Bowl III. However, they couldn’t claim the trophy.
After the mega-merger of AFL-NFL, the Colts again appeared in the Super Bowl in 1971, against the Dallas Cowboys. They won their first-ever Super Bowl trophy by 16-13. A couple of years later, in 1973, Unitas retired and the team had to face many mediocre seasons with no playoff wins, let alone Super Bowls.
In the 80s, the Colts relocated to Indianapolis as they were unable to gain funds from the local government for a new stadium. There also, the team struggled for some teams as they qualified for the postseason play only once in 11 seasons. In 1998, the team drafted QB Peyton Manning who led the team to form the best offenses in the league, by teaming up with wide receiver Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrim James in the early 2000s.
The team returned to the Super Bowl in 2007 and scored the victory by defeating the Chicago Bears. In 2009, the team earned the AFC’s top seed in the playoffs by winning 14 games. But they lost the Super Bowl game against the New Orleans Saints. In the seven decades of existence, the Colts have appeared in the Super Bowl four times, in which they have won two times. Super Bowl V is based in Baltimore and Super Bowl XLI when shifted to Indianapolis.
How many Super Bowl titles do the Indianapolis Colts have?
To date, the Indianapolis Colts have won two Super Bowl trophies, from their four appearances. The first title they won was when they were located in Baltimore in 1971, against the Dallas Cowboys. And the second and most recent one was when they were shifted to Indianapolis, against the Chicago Bears in 2007. The detailed list of their Super Bowl triumphs is as follows:
1971: Super Bowl V
Right before the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Colts made their first Super Bowl appearance but couldn’t score a win. Again in 1971, they returned to the Super Bowl, held in Miami, Florida. After becoming the AFC champions, the Colts faced off against the NFC Champions Dallas Cowboys.
For the majority of the three quarters, the Cowboys were in the lead at 13-6. But in the fourth quarter, the Colts scored a gen unanswered points and brought home their first-ever Super Bowl trophy with a winning score of 16-13. Though the Colts won the Super Bowl V title, the MVP title went to Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley for registering two interceptions.
2007: Super Bowl XLI
More than three and a half decades later, the Indianapolis Colts made their return to the Super Bowl. By this time, they had already shifted to Indianapolis. The AFC champions, Colts faced off against the NFC champions Chicago Bears, held in Miami, Florida.
The Bears were in the lead for just one quarter by 14-6, after that, the Colts scored ten straight points in the second quarter and took the lead by two points. Eventually, they expanded it to the final score of 29-17. Quarterback Manning won the MVP title for completing 25 out of 38 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown.
How many Super Bowl appearances does the Indianapolis Colts have?
The Indianapolis Colts have a total of four Super Bowl appearances, in which they have won two. The very first was in 1969, for Super Bowl III when they were still in Baltimore. They faced off against the New York Jets, the champions of the AFL. Though they did well, the underdog Jets outperformed them and scored a victory at 16-7. In 1971, they again appeared in the Super Bowl, but this time they won the trophy.
Later in 2007, the team once again appeared in the Super Bowl and once again scored the win, against the Bears by 29-17. Last but not least, the Colts’ most recent Super Bowl appearance was in 2010. They faced off against the Saints that year and had to accept defeat at 31-17. Ever since then, the Colts have never again made a Super Bowl appearance, let alone won another title.
How many Super Bowl trophies do the Indianapolis Colts have?
The Colts have so far won two Super Bowl trophies in their 70 years of existence. It was for the Super Bowl V in 1971 and then for Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
When was the last time that the Indianapolis Colts appeared in the Super Bowl?
The last time the Colts appeared in the Super Bowl was in 2010, for Super Bowl XLIV against the Saints. They lost by a score of 31-17.
Where is the home stadium of the Indianapolis Colts?
The home stadium of the Colts is the Lucas Oil Stadium which is located in downtown Indianapolis.
Pratyusha is a budding writer in the field of sports. She covers NFL for Firstsportz. Although she has worked with variety of companies in the past, she recently started moving towards her passion aka football. Her first tryst with the sport was when she was a child and she has been hooked ever since. She spends her free time reading.
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