Saints/Colts Memorable Game Four: 1998 – 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.
Today, we go 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.
After wins over the St. Louis Rams (24-17) and the Carolina Panthers (19-14), New Orleans was looking to extend their season-opening win streak to three games, while Indianapolis, under the direction of former Saints’ head coach Jim Mora, was looking for their first win of the year, after losses in the first three weeks to the Miami Dolphins (24-15), New England Patriots (29-6), and New York Jets (44-6).
All of the first half scoring were courtesy of the respective kickers, as the Colts’ Mike Vanderjagt was successful on field goals of 52, and 19 yards, while the Saints got a 22-yard field goal from Doug Brien making it 6-3, Indianapolis, at the half.
The Saints tied the game, 6-6, in the third quarter on Brien’s second field goal of the game, this one from 20 yards away, and the game was even after three periods.
Indianapolis grabbed the lead back in the fourth quarter, when rookie quarterback Peyton Manning connected with Marshall Faulk on a 78-yard touchdown pass, making the score 13-6.
New Orleans tied it one possession later, when Danny Wuerffel tossed a 15-yard scoring strike to Andre Hastings, to help send the game into overtime, 13-13.
In the extra period, Wueffel hit Cam Cleeland with a 33-yard touchdown pass, giving the Saints a 19-13 overtime victory, extended their season-opening win streak to three games.
Indianapolis actually outgained New Orleans, in terms of total yards, 357-320, including 292-137 advantage through the air, but also suffered three key turnovers, which helped the Saints escape with the six-point win.
Wuerffel finished the game 12-of-27 for 153 yards, along with two touchdowns and one interception, while running back Lamar Smith accumulated 157 yards on 24 carries on the ground.
In a losing cause for Indianapolis, Manning went 19-of-32 for 309 yards and a touchdown through the air, while Faulk carried the football 27 times for 61 yards on the ground.
View the game box score.
The Saints went on to win only three of their final ten games in 1998, to finish at 6-10, while the Colts also finished at 3-13.
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