Saints/Colts Memorable Game Three: 1995
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.
Today, we go back to November 11, 1995, for a 17-14 victory for the Saints.
After losing five-straight games, and six of their first seven, to begin the 1995 season, New Orleans went into the game winners of two-straight, and three of their last four, for a 3-6 record, while Indianapolis brought in an overall record of 5-3 into the Louisiana Superdome.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Colts got on the scoreboard first, courtesy of a 6-yard touchdown run by Marshall Faulk, to take a 7-0 lead in the second period, before New Orleans tied it after Jim Everett connected with Torrance Small on a 32-yard touchdown pass, to even the score, 7-7, at halftime.
The Saints grabbed the lead for the first time in the third quarter on Everett’s second touchdown pass of the game, this one to Quinn Early from two yards out, giving them a 14-7 advantage after three quarters.
The Colts tied the score, 14-14, in the fourth quarter, when Jim Harbaugh tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Roosevelt Potts, before New Orleans got a 25-yard field goal from Doug Brien to win it, 17-14.
Indianapolis actually outgained New Orleans, in terms of total yards, 300-294, including a 120-69 advantage on the ground, but also suffered a key fumble loss, which helped the Saints escape with a 3-point win, their third-consecutive win.
Everett finished the game 27-of-37 for 228 yards, along with two touchdowns and one interception, while running back Mario Bates accumulated 45 yards on 18 carries on the ground.
In a losing cause for Indianapolis, Faulk carried the football 17 times for 98 yards, including a toouchdown.
The Saints went on to finish 1995 at 7-9, while the Colts also finished at 7-9, who lost their first 13 games of the year, won their final three, and finished 3-13.
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