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The 1984 Indianapolis Colts season was the 32nd season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and first in Indianapolis, as they relocated from Baltimore after the 1983 NFL season. The Colts finished the year with a record of 4 wins and 12 losses, and fourth in the AFC East division. In their inaugural game in Indianapolis, they lost 23-14 to the New York Jets and did not win their first game at Indianapolis until week 5, when they defeated the Buffalo Bills 31-17. The Colts would lose five games in a row (including another one to the Bills, who started the season 0-11 and finished 2-14) to end the season and miss the playoffs for the 7th straight season.

1984 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coachFrank Kush
General managerJim Irsay
OwnerRobert Irsay
Home fieldHoosier Dome
Results
Record4–12
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The Colts' 2,107 passing yards and 4,132 total yards gained on offense were the fewest in the league in 1984.[1]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1984 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office
  • President and Treasurer – Robert Irsay
  • Vice President and General Manager – Jim Irsay
  • Assistant General Manager – Bob Terpening
  • Director of Player Personnel – Jack Bushofsky

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Mike Westhoff

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Zupancic

RosterEdit

1984 Indianapolis Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 New York Jets L14–23 0–1 Hoosier Dome
61,148
2 September 9, 1984 at Houston Oilers W 35–21 1–1 Astrodome
43,820
3 September 16, 1984 St. Louis Cardinals L 33–34 1–2 Hoosier Dome
60,274
4 September 23, 1984 at Miami Dolphins L 7–44 1–3 Miami Orange Bowl
55,415
5 September 30, 1984 Buffalo Bills W 31–17 2–3 Hoosier Dome
60,032
6 October 7, 1984 Washington Redskins L 7–35 2–4 Hoosier Dome
60,012
7 October 14, 1984 at Philadelphia Eagles L 7–16 2–5 Veterans Stadium
50,277
8 October 21, 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–16 3–5 Hoosier Dome
60,026
9 October 28, 1984 at Dallas Cowboys L 3–22 3–6 Texas Stadium
58,724
10 November 4, 1984 San Diego Chargers L 10–38 3–7 Hoosier Dome
60,143
11 November 11, 1984 at New York Jets W 9–5 4–7 The Meadowlands
51,066
12 November 18, 1984 New England Patriots L 17–50 4–8 Hoosier Dome
60,009
13 November 25, 1984 at Los Angeles Raiders L 7–21 4–9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
40,289
14 December 2, 1984 at Buffalo Bills L 15–21 4–10 Rich Stadium
20,693
15 December 9, 1984 Miami Dolphins L 17–35 4–11 Hoosier Dome
60,411
16 December 16, 1984 at New England Patriots L 10–16 4–12 Sullivan Stadium
22,383

StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(1) 14 2 0 .875 8–0 10–2 513 298 W2
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 6–2 9–3 362 352 W1
New York Jets 7 9 0 .438 3–5 7–7 332 364 L1
Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 2–6 4–8 239 414 L5
Buffalo Bills 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 250 454 L2

Regular SeasonEdit

"Good Things come to those who hustle", are words attributed by Pittsburgh's eventual Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll when he recalled Franco Harris Immaculate Reception in 1972. Those words were never so true when Ray Butler scored in the last minute of play off a deflected pass to give the Colts a dramatic 17-16 win over the eventual AFC Central Division champion Steelers. The 54-yard score capped a 17-point fourth quarter for the Colts, as they moved on drives of 57, 77 and 80 yards for the Colts third victory for the season.

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