|1996 Indianapolis Colts season|
|Head coach||Lindy Infante|
|Home field||RCA Dome|
|Division place||3rd AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Steelers) 42–14|
The 1996 Indianapolis Colts season was the 44th season for the team in the National Football League and 13th in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Colts finished the National Football League's 1996 season with a record of 9 wins and 7 losses, and finished third in the AFC East division.
On October 13, the Colts hosted the newly established Baltimore Ravens, based in the Colts' previous city. The Colts won 26–21. This game has the distinction of being the first NFL on TNT broadcast after TNT's parent Turner Broadcasting System completed its merger with Time Warner, only 3 days earlier.
The season saw the Colts draft Marvin Harrison. Harrison would go on to become a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, after spending his entire career as a Colt. Harrison was named to Pro Bowl several times and later helped the Colts win a Super Bowl in 2006. He continued to play for the team until 2008 and retired during the 2009 season.
|1996 Indianapolis Colts draft|
|1||19||Marvin Harrison †||Wide receiver||Syracuse|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1996 Indianapolis Colts staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1996 Indianapolis Colts final roster|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Record||Game Site||TV Time (ET)||Attendance|
|1||September 1, 1996||Arizona Cardinals||W 20–13||1–0||RCA Dome||FOX 1:00 pm||
|2||September 8, 1996||at New York Jets||W 21–7||2–0||The Meadowlands||NBC 4:15 pm||
|3||September 15, 1996||at Dallas Cowboys||W 25–24||3–0||Texas Stadium||NBC 4:15 pm||
|4||September 23, 1996||Miami Dolphins||W 10–6||4–0||RCA Dome||ABC 9:00 pm||
|6||October 6, 1996||at Buffalo Bills||L 13–16||4–1||Rich Stadium||NBC 4:15 pm||
|7||October 13, 1996||Baltimore Ravens||W 26–21||5–1||RCA Dome||TNT 8:15 pm||
|8||October 20, 1996||New England Patriots||L 9–27||5–2||RCA Dome||NBC 1:00 pm||
|9||October 27, 1996||at Washington Redskins||L 16–31||5–3||RFK Stadium||NBC 1:00 pm||
|10||November 3, 1996||San Diego Chargers||L 19–26||5–4||RCA Dome||NBC 1:00 pm||
|11||November 10, 1996||at Miami Dolphins||L 13–37||5–5||Joe Robbie Stadium||NBC 1:00 pm||
|12||November 17, 1996||New York Jets||W 34–29||6–5||RCA Dome||NBC 1:00 pm||
|13||November 24, 1996||at New England Patriots||L 13–27||6–6||Foxboro Stadium||NBC 1:00 pm||
|14||December 1, 1996||Buffalo Bills||W 13–10||7–6||RCA Dome||NBC 4:15 pm||
|15||December 5, 1996||Philadelphia Eagles||W 37–10||8–6||RCA Dome||ESPN 8:15 pm||
|16||December 15, 1996||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 24–19||9–6||Arrowhead Stadium||NBC 4:15 pm||
|17||December 22, 1996||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 24–31||9–7||Cinergy Field||NBC 1:00 pm||
|(2) New England Patriots||11||5||0||.688||418||313||W1|
|(4) Buffalo Bills||10||6||0||.625||319||266||W1|
|(6) Indianapolis Colts||9||7||0||.563||317||334||L1|
|New York Jets||1||15||0||.063||279||454||L7|
The team received Wild Card playoff berth to the playoffs and traveled to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers. The Colts came back from a 13-point lead in the first half but the Steelers scored 29 unanswered points in the second half and went on to beat the Colts.
|Playoff Round||Date||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Game Site||TV Time||Attendance|
|Wild Card||December 29, 1996||at Pittsburgh Steelers (3)||L 14–42||0–1||Three Rivers Stadium||NBC 12:30 pm||
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