Saints/Colts Memorable Game Five: 2011 – VIDEO
This Saturday evening, the New Orleans Saints will be on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, in their third preseason game of the 2014 season.
You can hear all the action on ESPN 1420, beginning with the pregame show at 5 o’clock, with kickoff set for 7 pm.
The Saints are a perfect 2-0 in the preseason, while the Colts are currently winless, at 0-2.
Prior to becoming the Indianapolis Colts in 1984, the Colts were located in Baltimore from 1953-1983, where they won NFL Championships in 1958, 1959, and 1968, and Super Bowl victory in 1970.
The Saints lead the all-time series against the Colts, 7-5, including 282-261 advantage in all-time points scored.
This week, in preparation for Saturday night’s game, we’ll look at some of the more memorable games between the two franchises.
On Monday, we went back to February 7, 2010, for Super Bowl XLIV, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, a 31-17 triumph by the Saints.
On Tuesday, we went back to October 12, 1986, for the first-ever Saints’ win over the Colts in four tries, a 17-14 triumph.
On Wednesday, we went back to November 11, 1995, for a 17-14 victory for the Saints.
On Thursday, we went back to September 27, 1998, for the first, and only, overtime game between the two franchises, a 19-13 Saints’ win at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Today, we go back to October 23, 2011 for the last time that the two franchises met, a convincing 62-7 win by the Saints.
The only reason this one is memorable is due to the final score. This one got ugly, as the Saints played really well, and the Colts, well…didn’t.
The Saints were coming off of a tough 26-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but were still 4-2 on the season, while the Colts, who had to play the entire season without their quarterback, Peyton Manning, due to a neck injury, were winless, at 0-6.
New Orleans jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, courtesy of three Drew Brees touchdown passes, two to Marques Colton, and one to Darren Sproles.
The Saints extended their lead to 28-0 in the second quarter, when Jed Collins scored on a 1-yard run, and then made it 31-unanswered points to begin the half, when John Kasay kicked through a 23-yard field goal.
Indianapolis finally scored their first points of the game at the 1:56 mark of the second quarter, when Delone Carter scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, to trim the New Orleans lead to 31-7, before Kasay was successful on his second field goal of the half, this one from 47 yards away as time expired in the half, giving the Saints a commanding 34-7 halftime advantage.
Much like the first half, the second half was dominated by the Saints.
Brees connected with Jimmy Graham on two touchdown passes in the third quarter, giving them a 48-7 lead heading into the final period, before Sproles ran a touchdown in from 16 yards away, and Leigh Torrence ran back an interception return from 42 yards away to wrap up the scoring.
The Saints outgained the Colts, in terms of total offense 557-252, including a 236-155 advantage on the ground, as well as a 321-97 edge through the air.
Brees was just about flawless, completing 31-of-35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, while Mark Ingram carried the football 14 times for 91 yards, and Colston totaled seven catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
In a losing cause for the Colts, Carter had 89 rushing yards, including a touchdown, on ten carries.
The Saints went on to win only three of their final ten games in 1998, to finish at 13-3, won the NFC South, and advanced to the NFC Divisional Playoffs, while the Colts finished limped to a finish of 2-14.
Below, view Saints highlights from the 2011 season, as well as a piece on Colston: