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2002 Indianapolis Colts season
Head Coach Tony Dungy
General Manager Bill Polian
Home Field RCA Dome
Results
Record 10–6
Place 2nd AFC South
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 41–0
Pro Bowlers QB Peyton Manning
WR Marvin Harrison
Timeline
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2001 2003

The 2002 Indianapolis Colts season was the 50th season for the team in the National Football League and 19th in Indianapolis.

The 2002 season marked the first for the Colts in the new AFC South after competing for 32 seasons in the AFC East.

Offseason Edit

2002 NFL Draft Edit

2002 Indianapolis Colts Draft Selections
Round Pick Player Position Height Weight College
1 11 Dwight Freeney DE 6–1 268 Syracuse
2 42 Larry Tripplett DT 6–2 295 Washington
3 74 Joseph Jefferson SS 6–1 202 Western Kentucky
4 106 David Thornton OLB 6–2 230 North Carolina
6 182 David Pugh DT 6–2 270 Virginia Tech
6 183 James Lewis DB 5–10 192 Miami
6 204 Brian Allen RB 5–9 205 Stanford
7 220 Josh Mallard DE 6–2 259 Georgia

Preseason schedule Edit

Date Opponent Result Host Stadium NFL Recap
August 10 at Seattle W 28–10 Qwest Field

Recap

August 20 Cincinnati L 10–22 RCA Dome

Recap

August 24 Buffalo W 19–7 RCA Dome Recap
August 30 at New Orleans L 21–25 Louisiana Superdome Recap

Roster Edit

Indianapolis Colts 2002 roster

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Receivers

Tight Ends

Kickers

Long-Snapper

 

Offensive line

Linebackers

 

Cornerbacks

Safeties

Defensive line

Regular season Edit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL Recap Attendance
1 September 8 at Jacksonville W 28–25 1–0 Alltel Stadium Recap
56,595
2 September 15 Miami L 13–21 1–1 RCA Dome Recap
56,650
3 September 22 at Houston W 23–3 2–1 Reliant Stadium Recap
69,204
4 Bye
5 October 8 Cincinnati W 28–21 3–1 RCA Dome Recap
56,570
6 October 13 Baltimore W 22–20 4–1 RCA Dome Recap
56,174
7 October 21 at Pittsburgh L 10–28 4–2 Heinz Field Recap
62,800
8 October 27 at Washington L 21–26 4–3 FedEx Field Recap
80,169
9 November 3 Tennessee L 15–23 4–4 RCA Dome Recap
56,752
10 November 10 at Philadelphia W 35–13 5–4 Veterans Stadium Recap
65,660
11 November 17 Dallas W 20–3 6–4 RCA Dome Recap
57,057
12 November 24 at Denver W 23–20 7–4 Invesco Field at Mile High Recap
75,075
13 December 1 Houston W 19–3 8–4 RCA Dome Recap
56,820
14 December 8 at Tennessee L 17–27 8–5 Adelphia Coliseum Recap
68,804
15 December 15 at Cleveland W 28–23 9–5 Cleveland Browns Stadium Recap
73,098
16 December 22 New York Giants L 27–44 9–6 RCA Dome Recap
56,579
17 December 29 Jacksonville W 20–13 10–6 RCA Dome Recap
56,755

StandingsEdit

x - clinched playoff berth y - clinched division title z - clinched first-round bye * - clinched homefield advantage Template:2002 AFC South standings

Week-by-Week results Edit

Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 7 7 7 28
Jacksonville 0 7 10 8 25

at Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST/2:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: °F,
  • Game attendance: 56,595
  • TV: NBC

Scoring summary Edit

Q1 – IND – 2:38 – 6-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning to Qadry Ismail (Vanderjagt kick) (7–0 IND)

Q2 – JAC – 7:34 – 8-yard pass from Mark Brunell to Pete Mitchell (Hayden Epstein kick) (7–7)

Q2 – IND – 0:33- Marcus Washington 40-yard interception return (Vanderjagt kick) (14–7 IND)

Q3 – JAC – 7:39 – Hayden Epstein 27-yard FG (14–10 IND)

Q3 – JAC – 5:20 – 18- yard pass from Mark Brunell to Patrick Johnson (Hayden Epstein kick) (14–17 JAC)

Q3 – IND – 2:57 – 12-yard pass from Peyton Manning to Qadry Ismail (Vanderjagt kick) (21–17 IND)

Q4 – IND – 11:26 – 3-yard pass from Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison (Vanderjagt kick) (28–17 IND)

Q4 – JAC – 4:11 – Fred Taylor 6-yard run (Mark Brunell pass to Jimmy Smith for 2-point conversion) (28–25 IND)

Week 2: vs. Miami Dolphins Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 14 7 0 0 21
Colts 0 3 0 10 13

at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST/2:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: Game played indoors (Domed stadium)
  • TV: NBC

The Colts were defeated by the Dolphins in their only game of the season against a team from their former division, the AFC East. The game was also the first following the passing of Colts Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas. In tribute to Unitas, Peyton Manning wore black cleats, this against league rules; he was fined but the league was criticized for the fine later.

Postseason schedule Edit

For more details on this topic, see NFL playoffs, 2002-03.
Playoff Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game Site NFL Recap
Wild Card January 4 at New York Jets (4) L 0–41 0–1 The Meadowlands Recap

Postseason results Edit

AFC Wild-Card Playoff Game: vs. New York Jets Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 0 0 0
Jets 7 17 10 7 41



In his playoff debut, quarterback Chad Pennington completed 19 of 25 passes for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns as he led the Jets to a shutout victory over the Colts. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was limited to 14 out of 31 (45.2 percent) completions for 137 yards, with 2 interceptions.

Scoring summary Edit

    • NYJ – FG Hall 41
    • NYJ – Jordan 1 run (Hall kick)
    • NYJ – Moss 4 pass from Pennington (Hall kick)
    • NYJ – FG Hall 39
    • NYJ – Baker 3 pass from Pennington (Hall kick)
    • NYJ – Jordan 1 run (Hall kick)

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