The city restored the name of the Colts. To the surprise of most observers, the hometown team pulled off the upset while beating the Monsters of the Midway After starting the season with a win, the Colts would go on to a start before dropping the last 7 games of Upon the season's conclusion, Molesworth was reassigned and the club's Director of Scouting would take over as Head Coach. His name was Weeb Ewbank. Ewbank's first season in '54 was no different than the team's last when the Colts again finished with a record of Despite having 12 rookies on the roster, the Colts may have given their fans a glimpse of things to come when they jumped out to a start.
Prominence would have to wait as the youthful team stumbled to a finish. Quarterback George Shaw goes down with an injury after the fourth game of the season.
They stared a start square in the face and were forced to turn to an unproven backup named John Unitas. Unitas won 4 games in his 8 starts to begin what would ultimately be a remarkable career. In Johnny Unitas' first full season as starting QB, the Colts get off to a start, and are a factor all year in the race for the Western Division Title.
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After losing 3 in a row, the Colts responded by winning 4 in a row, and sat at with the Western Title with in their grasp. However, the Colts would lose their final 2 games of the season and at , 1 game out of a 2-way tie for the title. The Colts burst out of the gates to start the season winning their first 6 games on their way to a start.
But this season would soon take a historic and heroic turn. At the time the NFL was a rather distant second to baseball in terms of the attention it attracted from the viewing public. The Colts finished the season with a record and after winning their second consecutive Western Conference Championship they earned the right to engage in a rematch with the New York Giants only this time the game would be played at Memorial Stadium. However behind Johnny Unitas, the Colts would score 24 unanswered points on their way to a win and their second consecutive NFL championship.
But they faded quickly, losing their final four games and finishing the season at and far short of the lofty aspirations and expectations. Along with a youthful head coach, the Colts roster also grew a lot less long in the tooth. Early on the inexperience was a factor although the team rebounded later to win its final 3 contests and finished with an mark.
Matte while wearing a plastic wrist band designed to display the Colts playbook, led Baltimore to a victory and a share of the Western title with the emerging Packers from Green Bay. The Colts and Packers would later take on the Pack to decide the West.
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The game went into overtime with the score tied at The Packers would eventually win the game on a field goal late in the second overtime period. Despite an record the Colts still had to beat the Los Angeles Rams in order to advance into the playoffs. The failed miserably losing to the Rams With only 1 loss on the season, the Colts were home for the playoffs. With Johnny Unitas out most of the season with an ailing elbow that would plague him for the balance of his career and even after his playing days, Earl Morrall stepped in and not only led the Colts to a record breaking finish of , he won the MVP along the way.
Easily capturing the Coastal Division Title, the Colts were dominant defensively as well chalking up three shutouts and holding opponents to a record low points. To kick off the playoffs the Colts hosted the Vikings, beating Minnesota Baltimore was never threatened for the Coastal Division title finishing with a record of After the season, Don Shula had a falling out with Carroll Rosenbloom.
He asked for and allegedly received permission to speak with the Miami Dolphins about their head coaching position. Shula would leave for Miami, replaced by Don McCafferty. The Colts received a first round pick from the Dolphins as compensation.
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Along the way the Colts would get a small measure of revenge against the Jets, defeating New York in the regular season finale, The game was marred by 11 turnovers and is referred to by some as the Blunder Bowl. Shop Indie eBooks. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books.
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Baltimore Colts 1970: A Game-by-Game Guide
Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview Relive the Baltimore Colts' championship season with this guide that explores the entire year game by game, from the season opener all the way through Super Bowl V. All of the highs and lows from the team that brought Baltimore its first Super Bowl championship are here. A full recap and box score from every game is included, so you can follow the exploits of Johnny Unitas, Mike Curtis and the rest of the Colts heroes from start to finish.
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