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1968 Playoffs - Minnesota at Baltimore
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1968 Baltimore Colts season Top  #5 Facts
1968 Baltimore Colts season Top #5 Facts
Published: 2016/01/28
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America's Game - Missing Rings - 1968 Baltimore Colts - Earl Morrall - Mike Curtis - Jimmy Orr
Published: 2012/11/17
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America's Game 1970 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Desmond Amy
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Super Bowl III: "Joe Namath's Guarantee" | Jets vs Colts | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/11/22
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1970 AFC Championship Broadcast Highlights - Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Colts
1970 AFC Championship Broadcast Highlights - Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Colts
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1969 Baltimore Colts punter David Lee talks about the differences in this years team than last
1969 Baltimore Colts punter David Lee talks about the differences in this years team than last
Published: 2016/10/01
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1967 Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas comments on New Orleans Saints
1967 Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas comments on New Orleans Saints
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One-on-One with Baltimore Colts Quarterback Bert Jones
One-on-One with Baltimore Colts Quarterback Bert Jones
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Colts Crusade - The Story Of The 1970 Baltimore Colts - 1080p/60fps
Colts Crusade - The Story Of The 1970 Baltimore Colts - 1080p/60fps
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1969 NFL Championship Cleveland Browns @ Minnesota Vikings
1969 NFL Championship Cleveland Browns @ Minnesota Vikings
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Published: 2017/08/13
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America's Game SB V 1970 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2018/01/28
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1963 Oakland Raiders vs. 1968 Baltimore Colts
1963 Oakland Raiders vs. 1968 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2014/05/16
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Super Bowl 3 Highlights - Jets vs Colts
Super Bowl 3 Highlights - Jets vs Colts
Published: 2017/03/15
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Tom Matte interview - Baltimore Colts 1971
Tom Matte interview - Baltimore Colts 1971
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: nutty.archives
Madden NFL 07 Legendary Team Roster 1968 Baltimore Colts
Madden NFL 07 Legendary Team Roster 1968 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2015/04/15
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Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (1 of 4)
Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (1 of 4)
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Super Bowl III: Jets vs. Colts highlights
Super Bowl III: Jets vs. Colts highlights
Published: 2015/03/25
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1972 Baltimore Colts season Top  #5 Facts
1972 Baltimore Colts season Top #5 Facts
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: Trisha Jignesh
Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (3 of 4)
Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (3 of 4)
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Rusty Brewer
NFL Films: "Mad Dog" Mike Curtis-Baltimore Colts
NFL Films: "Mad Dog" Mike Curtis-Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/05/23
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Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams play a game of football at Baltimore Memoria...HD Stock Footage
Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams play a game of football at Baltimore Memoria...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/05/31
Channel: CriticalPast
1971 Week 6 MNF Baltimore Colts @ Minnesota Vikings
1971 Week 6 MNF Baltimore Colts @ Minnesota Vikings
Published: 2017/07/31
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Published: 2014/10/04
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1995 - Feature on Baltimore Colts Legend Lenny Moore
1995 - Feature on Baltimore Colts Legend Lenny Moore
Published: 2016/07/20
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Super Bowl III New York Jets 16   Baltimore 7
Super Bowl III New York Jets 16 Baltimore 7
Published: 2015/05/19
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1973 Baltimore Colts
1973 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2018/01/17
Channel: PAL 6363
Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (4 of 4)
Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (4 of 4)
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Super Bowl 3 - Jets vs Colts - Extended Version Documentary
Super Bowl 3 - Jets vs Colts - Extended Version Documentary
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Adrian Horodecky
1974 Baltimore Colts
1974 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2018/01/27
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1980 Browns vs Colts part 1
1980 Browns vs Colts part 1
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: John Castro
NFL 1971 Los  Angeles Rams at Baltimore Colts  MNF 11 8 1971
NFL 1971 Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Colts MNF 11 8 1971
Published: 2018/02/04
Channel: Virgil Moody
1958 NFL Championship Game Baltimore Colts vs New York Giants @ Yankee Stadium (December 28, 1958)
1958 NFL Championship Game Baltimore Colts vs New York Giants @ Yankee Stadium (December 28, 1958)
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: Solrac Ollitsac
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NFL '68 : THE YEAR OF THE GAME
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Gabriel Bassa
Former Baltimore Colts Placekicker Jim O
Former Baltimore Colts Placekicker Jim O'Brien on the NFL Protests
Published: 2017/10/04
Channel: The Daily Ledger
Super Bowl III - New York Jets vs  Baltimore Colts slideshow - AFL vs. NFL - Segue Commercials
Super Bowl III - New York Jets vs Baltimore Colts slideshow - AFL vs. NFL - Segue Commercials
Published: 2013/06/03
Channel: Rusty Brewer
1964 Colts at Browns NFL Championship Game
1964 Colts at Browns NFL Championship Game
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Stepanie Teodora
NFL   Men Who Played The Game   Baltimore Colts OT Jim Parker   imasportsphile
NFL Men Who Played The Game Baltimore Colts OT Jim Parker imasportsphile
Published: 2016/07/09
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Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (2 of 4)
Colts Stampede LP - The Baltimore Colts Rush to the 1968 Championship (2 of 4)
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Rusty Brewer
1970 BALTIMORE COLTS SUPER BOWL V CHAMPIONSHIP RING FOR SALE
1970 BALTIMORE COLTS SUPER BOWL V CHAMPIONSHIP RING FOR SALE
Published: 2014/11/12
Channel: tj kaye
Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights (NFL 1970-71)
Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts vs Dallas Cowboys Highlights (NFL 1970-71)
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: SANFRANFANAD
NFL Hghilights Super Bowl İ N Y Jets VS Baltimore Colts Part 1 imasportsphile.com
NFL Hghilights Super Bowl İ N Y Jets VS Baltimore Colts Part 1 imasportsphile.com
Published: 2017/12/25
Channel: yafg klutz
Steve Stonebreaker NFL Linebacker
Steve Stonebreaker NFL Linebacker
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: Linda Stonebreaker
1968 AFL Championship   Jets vs Raiders
1968 AFL Championship Jets vs Raiders
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: Adrian Horodecky
RARE: Colts leave Baltimore overnight. - Baltimore Colts   The Long Goodbye   VHSrip March 1984
RARE: Colts leave Baltimore overnight. - Baltimore Colts The Long Goodbye VHSrip March 1984
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: belcherman
1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17
1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: Tim McMillen
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America's Game New York Jets
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Desmond Amy
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1968 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Don Shula
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 13–1
Division place 1st NFL Coastal
Playoff finish Won Western Conference Championship Game (Vikings, 24–14)
Won NFL Championship Game
(at Browns, 34–0)
Lost Super Bowl III
(vs. Jets, 7-16)

The 1968 Baltimore Colts season was the 16th season for the team in the National Football League. Led by sixth-year head coach Don Shula, they finished the regular season with a record of 13 wins and 1 loss, and won the Western Conference's Coastal division.

The previous season, the Colts' record was 11–1–2, tied for the best in the league, but were excluded from the playoffs. They lost a tiebreaker with the Los Angeles Rams for the Coastal Division title in 1967; the other three teams in the NFL postseason, all division winners, had nine wins each.

In 1968, Baltimore won the Western Conference playoff game with the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL Championship Game in a shutout of the Cleveland Browns, but then lost to the New York Jets of the American Football League in Super Bowl III.[1] Hall of fame quarterback Johnny Unitas had been injured during the pre-season, so Earl Morrall led the offense. Shula decided to bring Unitas back in during the second half of the Super Bowl, to no avail.

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster[edit]

1968 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 15, 1968 San Francisco 49ers W, 27–10 1–0 Memorial Stadium
56,864
2 September 22, 1968 at Atlanta Falcons W, 28–20 2–0 Atlanta Stadium
50,428
3 September 29, 1968 at Pittsburgh Steelers W, 41–7 3–0 Pitt Stadium
44,480
4 October 6, 1968 Chicago Bears W, 28–7 4–0 Memorial Stadium
60,238
5 October 13, 1968 at San Francisco 49ers W, 42–14 5–0 Kezar Stadium
32,822
6 October 20, 1968 Cleveland Browns  L, 20–30 5–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
7 October 27, 1968 Los Angeles Rams W, 27–10 6–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
8 November 3, 1968 at New York Giants W, 26–0 7–1 Yankee Stadium
62,973
9 November 10, 1968 at Detroit Lions W, 27–10 8–1 Tiger Stadium
55,170
10 November 17, 1968 St. Louis Cardinals W, 27–0 9–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
11 November 24, 1968 Minnesota Vikings W, 21–9 10–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
12 December 1, 1968 Atlanta Falcons W, 44–0 11–1 Memorial Stadium
60,238
13 December 7, 1968 at Green Bay Packers W, 16–3 12–1 Lambeau Field
50,861
14 December 15, 1968 at Los Angeles Rams W, 28–24 13–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
69,397

Standings[edit]

NFL Coastal
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts 13 1 0 .929 6–0 10–0 402 144 W8
Los Angeles Rams 10 3 1 .769 3–2–1 6–3–1 312 200 L2
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 2–3–1 4–5–1 303 310 W1
Atlanta Falcons 2 12 0 .143 0–6 1–9 170 389 L4

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Post-season[edit]

The team made it to the playoffs as winners of the Coastal division and hosted the Minnesota Vikings of the Central division for the Western Conference title. The Colts took a 21–0 lead and went on to win 24–14.[2] They then traveled to Cleveland to take on the Browns in the NFL Championship Game. Baltimore's only loss of the season came at home to the Browns in October, falling 20–30.[3][4] In late December, the Colts defense was on top of their game as they shut out the Browns 34–0 to gain their third NFL title.[5][6][7] The 1968 Colts were being touted as "the greatest football team in history."

In Super Bowl III, the Colts took on the heavy underdog New York Jets led by quarterback Joe Namath, with the Colts favored by 17 to 21 points.[8][9][10] Before the game, former NFL star and coach Norm Van Brocklin ridiculed the AFL, saying "This will be Namath's first professional football game." Three days before the game, Namath was being heckled in Miami and he responded by saying: "We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it."[10][11][12] The Jets beat the Colts 16–7 in one of the biggest upsets in American sports history.[1]

Perhaps the biggest effect of the Colts' loss is that the predominant sentiment that the AFL was not strong enough to merge with the NFL was firmly squelched.[13]

Playoff Round Date Opponent Result Game Site Attendance
Western Conference December 22, 1968 Minnesota Vikings W, 24–14 Memorial Stadium
60,238
NFL Championship December 29, 1968 at Cleveland Browns W, 34–0 Municipal Stadium
80,628
Super Bowl January 12, 1969 New York Jets  L, 7–16 Orange Bowl
75,389

Awards[edit]

Earl Morrall: AP NFL MVP

Don Shula: AP NFL Coach of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strickler, George (January 13, 1969). "Jets score Super upset over Colts". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  2. ^ Bledsoe, Terry (December 23, 1968). "Kapp, the tough Viking, finds Colts even tougher". Milwaukee Journal. p. 10, part 2. 
  3. ^ "Browns prove Colts are human". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. October 21, 1968. p. 25. 
  4. ^ "Browns hand Colts first loss". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. October 21, 1968. p. 1, part 2. 
  5. ^ Strickler, George (December 30, 1968). "Colts crush Browns for NFL title". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  6. ^ Scholl, Bill (December 30, 1968). "Colts gain revenge, wallop Browns, 34-0, to win National League crown". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. p. 12. 
  7. ^ Hannen, John (January 30, 1968). "Colts' Matte returned home to KO Cleveland". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 18. 
  8. ^ Strickler, George (January 10, 1969). "Colts soar to 21-point favorites". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section 3. 
  9. ^ "Jets' Namath carries hopes for AFL prestige today". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 12, 1969. p. 1, sports. 
  10. ^ a b "Quarterbacks Super Bowl topics". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 11, 1969. p. 13. 
  11. ^ Dorman, Larry (January 15, 1989). "A guarantee of greatness". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Knight-Ridder. p. C1. 
  12. ^ Zinser, Lynn (May 25, 2012). "Pregame Talk Is Cheap, but This Vow Resonates". The New York Times. p. B10. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ Funk, Ben (January 13, 1969). "Jets make believers out of Colts, NFL". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. p. 3B. 

See also[edit]

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