The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are currently champions of the Southern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL).
The team began play in 1953 as the Baltimore Colts. A previous Baltimore Colts team played between the years 1947 - 1950. The original Colts team began play in 1946 as the Miami Seahawks, a member of the upstart All-America Football Conference. They relocated to Baltimore as the Colts in 1947, and joined the NFL in 1950 after the AAFC merged into the older league. However, the franchise folded after one NFL season. After fans in Baltimore protested, the NFL formed another Colts team out of the ashes of the failed Dallas Texans for the 1953 season. While in Baltimore, the club won four NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl.
Prior to the 1984 season, the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis, highlighted by an infamous incident in which they packed all of their belongings into Mayflower Transit trucks in the middle of a snowy night on March 28. The move angered many Baltimore fans and former players so much that they completely disassociated themselves from the relocated Indianapolis team.
In the 2006 season the Colts' wild-card round playoff game; they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 23-8 despite Peyton Manning's three interceptions. Shockingly, it was their defence that bailed him out. Their maligned run defence held the Chiefs to 44 yards on the ground, and Chiefs' quarterback Trent Green only had 2 yards passing in the entire first half. The Chiefs didn't manage a first down until 3:33 remained in the third quarter.The Colts will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in the AFC's second round of the playoffs, a game which many Baltimore fans see as a karmic opportunity to dash the Superbowl dreams of a team that was once a vital part of their city. It is the Colts' first postseason game in Baltimore since moving to Indianapolis.