|1987 Indianapolis Colts season|
|Head coach||Ron Meyer|
|General manager||Jim Irsay|
|Home field||Hoosier Dome|
|Division place||1st AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Playoffs|
The 1987 Indianapolis Colts season was the 35th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and fourth in Indianapolis. The team finished the strike-shortened season with a record of 9 wins and 6 losses, and won the AFC East division.
This season marked the first division championship and the first trip to the playoffs for the Colts in Indianapolis. It was the franchise's first playoff appearance in ten seasons.
|1987 Indianapolis Colts draft|
|1||2||Cornelius Bennett *||Linebacker||Alabama|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1987 Indianapolis Colts final roster|
On October 31, 1987, the Los Angeles Rams traded Eric Dickerson to the Indianapolis Colts in a three team trade involving the Buffalo Bills. The Rams sent Dickerson to the Colts for six draft choices and two players. Buffalo obtained the rights to Cornelius Bennett from Indianapolis. Buffalo sent running back Greg Bell and three draft choices to the Rams, while Indianapolis added Owen Gill and three of their own draft picks to complete the deal with the Rams.
|1||September 13, 1987||Cincinnati Bengals||L 21–23||0–1||Hoosier Dome||
|2||September 20, 1987||Miami Dolphins||L 10–23||0–2||Hoosier Dome||
|3||September 27, 1987||at St. Louis Cardinals||Canceled ||0–2||Busch Memorial Stadium|
|4||October 4, 1987||at Buffalo Bills||W 47–6||1–2||Rich Stadium||
|5||October 11, 1987||New York Jets||W 6–0||2–2||Hoosier Dome||
|6||October 18, 1987||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 7–21||2–3||Three Rivers Stadium||
|7||October 25, 1987||New England Patriots||W 30–16||3–3||Hoosier Dome||
|8||November 1, 1987||at New York Jets||W 19–14||4–3||The Meadowlands||
|9||November 8, 1987||San Diego Chargers||L 13–16||4–4||Hoosier Dome||
|10||November 15, 1987||at Miami Dolphins||W 40–20||5–4||Joe Robbie Stadium||
|11||November 22, 1987||at New England Patriots||L 0–24||5–5||Sullivan Stadium||
|12||November 29, 1987||Houston Oilers||W 51–27||6–5||Hoosier Dome||
|13||December 6, 1987||at Cleveland Browns||W 9–7||7–5||Cleveland Stadium||
|14||December 13, 1987||Buffalo Bills||L 3–27||7–6||Hoosier Dome||
|15||December 20, 1987||at San Diego Chargers||W 20–7||8–6||Jack Murphy Stadium||
|16||December 27, 1987||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 24–6||9–6||Hoosier Dome||
|New England Patriots||8||7||0||.533||6–2||8–4||320||293||W3|
|New York Jets||6||9||0||.400||3–5||6–5||334||360||L4|
The team received a bye for the Wild-Card round of the playoffs and traveled to Cleveland for the Divisional round. After being tied with Browns for most of the game the 4th quarter proved to be their undoing, as they were outscored 17–7.
|Playoff Round||Date||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Game Site||Attendance|
|Wild Card||First-round Bye|
|Divisional||January 10, 1988||at Cleveland Browns (2)||L 21–38||0–1||Cleveland Stadium||
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