Indianapolis Colts Weekly Update: vs San Francisco 49ers

A special day for the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana, as quarterback Peyton Manning returned for a weekend full of celebration. A recap of Week 5 for the Indianapolis Colts.

Peyton’s Weekend

Many Indianapolis Colts fans had Week 5 circled on their calendars as the most anticipated week of the 2017 NFL season. And it wasn’t because the San Francisco 49ers were in town.

On Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts unveiled the statue of legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, a man who meant so much not only to the Colts franchise, but to the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.

And at halftime of Sunday’s game, the team immortalized Manning inside the stadium, with a retired #18 and an induction into the Colts ring of honor. And a special treat for fans; one last snap to Manning from Jeff Saturday, hitting Reggie Wayne in the end zone one final time.

The GOAT’s Still Got It

As for the game itself, the Colts led for the majority before San Francisco was able to tie it up in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter, 23-23.

And with the overtime period slowly trickling to an end, and a potential tie-game in sight, the Colts lined up the greatest of all-time, kicker Adam Vinatieri, for a 52-yard boot for the win.

Looking Forward

The Colts hit the road in Week 6 for their second primetime game in three weeks, traveling to Nashville, TN for a Monday Night Football showdown with the Tennessee Titans. With quarterback Andrew Luck being ruled out for the Colts, Titans QB Marcus Mariota appears to have his status in question as well with a lingering hamstring injury.




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Indianapolis Colts Season Preview: Weeks 5-8

While teams are quietly hard at work preparing for the 2017 NFL season, we’re taking a look at the full schedule, game-by-game, for the Indianapolis Colts. Next up: weeks 5-8.

Week 5: San Francisco 49ers @ Indianapolis Colts – Oct. 8, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

One of the most highly anticipated games for Indianapolis Colts fans this season will be their Week 5 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers; however, the excitement isn’t building around the game. Colts owner Jim Irsay announced that the team will unveil a statue on Saturday, October 7, the day before the matchup. At halftime of the team’s game against the 49ers, the Colts will hold a jersey retirement ceremony for the future Hall of Fame quarterback, a special weekend fans truly won’t want to miss.

Week 6: Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans– Oct. 16 (Monday), 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

With plenty of new offensive weapons and a much more experienced team, the Tennessee Titans, after a 9-7 campaign in 2016 that saw them narrowly finishing 2nd in the AFC South to the Houston Texans, will play host to the Colts in the team’s first (and only) Monday Night Football game of the year on ESPN. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, coming off of a torn ACL in 2016, looks to continue to build off of impressive rookie and sophomore campaigns for the team. The Colts’ newly revamped defense will face an offensive attack that could truly test the durability of the core. This will be the first of two matchups for these two teams, with the second coming in Week 12.

Week 7: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts – Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Despite finishing 3-13 and dead last in the AFC South in the 2016-17 NFL season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a team that always seems to cause problems for the Indianapolis Colts. With a new head coach in Doug Marrone and former coach Tom Coughlin returning as the team’s new executive vice president of football operations, the Jaguars are touting a new “culture” surrounding the team. This will be the first of two matchups for these two teams, with the second coming in Week 13.

Week 8: Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals – Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Always facing each other in the NFL’s preseason, this time the Colts and Cincinnati Bengals will square off in the regulars season at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Just a short drive down I-75, the Colts will hope to contain the offensive duo of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green, two of the best in the game to date. Despite a shaky defense and a 6-9-1 record in 2016, the Bengals will prove to be one of the Colts’ tougher opponents of the 2017 season as both teams are looking to get back to the NFL playoffs.

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NFL 2016-17 Season In Review

Completed by one of the most memorable Super Bowls to date, the 2016-17 NFL Season was one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. From the conclusion of “Deflate Gate,” to Brady’s redemption, to the first year without “The Sheriff” and the rise of the Atlanta Falcons. We take a walk down memory lane and review the season that was in the NFL.

The “Rise” of the MVP

The surprise team of the 2016-17 NFL season was without a doubt, the Atlanta Falcons. Behind a stellar offensive attack and a surprisingly stingy defense, the Falcons claimed their first NFC title in decades, due large in part to league MVP, quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan finished the 2016 campaign with career-bests in yards (4,994), touchdowns (38), interceptions (7), completion percentage (69.9%) and quarterback ratings (117.1). The evening before his Super Bowl LI appearance, Ryan would go on to be named the 2016 NFL MVP.

First Year Without Peyton

The 2016-17 NFL season marked the first year since 1997 that former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning would not be under center. “The Sheriff” announced his retirement after his Super Bowl 50 victory in 2016 with the Denver Broncos, marking the end of his illustrious 18-year career. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian would take over for the Broncos, although Denver would miss the playoffs.

Deflate Gate Revenge

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would finally go on to serve his four-game suspension, despite his multiple appeals, relating to the “Deflate Gate” drama from years prior. Despite Brady missing the first four games, the Patriots would be led to a 3-1 record by quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, leaving the door open for Brady to come back and complete one of his best statistical seasons to date.

Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots would square off in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, in what would become one of the most exciting Super Bowls to date.

Atlanta would hold a 28-9 lead heading into the 4th quarter, but with “Tom Terrific” leading the way, the Patriots were not to be counted out. Mounting the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, and creating the first overtime Super Bowl in league history, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots would capture their 5th Super Bowl trophy in the Belichick-Brady era. Brady would take home Super Bowl MVP, throwing for a Super Bowl record 466 yards and two touchdowns on 62 pass attempts.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XLII

It’s officially divisional Sunday in the NFL! As teams set their sights on Houston for Super Bowl LI in just three short weeks, we take a trip back to Super Bowl XLII between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

Played on February 3rd, 2008 in front of 71,101 fans, the New England Patriots faced up against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. What would go on to become an instant classic, the Giants would take home the Lombardi Trophy, by a score of 17-14.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, most notably the younger brother of previous Super Bowl champion and MVP Peyton Manning, was awarded the Super Bowl MVP honors just one year following his brother. Manning (Eli, that is) completed 19 of his 34 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Super Bowl XLII would go on to become known as one of the biggest upset in sports history, as the Patriots were riding an undefeated record, the first team to go 16-0 in the regular season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem for Super Bowl XLII, which was aired on FOX Sports and had a total of 97.5 million viewers. The cost of a 30-second commercial in 2008 was $2.7 million, which was continuing to rise from previous years. Halftime for Super Bowl XLII was the legendary Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XLI

As the NFL approaches divisional weekend in the 2016 NFL Playoffs, the Road to Super Bowl LI in Houston gets closer and closer. We take a step back to the 2006-07 NFL season, and Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears.

On February 4, 2007, the Colts and Bears kicked off a historic Super Bowl XLI from Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida. Super Bowl XLI would become the first Super Bowl in which not only was there an African American head coach leading one of the two teams, but both teams, and one would become the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. The Indianapolis Colts and head coach Tony Dungy would take home the title, by a final score of 29-17.

Many remember Super Bowl XLI as the Super Bowl where Colts quarterback Peyton Manning finally got the “monkey off his back.” After years of early playoff exits and disappointing finishes, Manning and the Colts had finally captured their first Lombardi trophy. Manning would go on to be named Super Bowl XLI MVP, completing 25 of his 38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown.

In front of 74,512 football fans at Dolphin Stadium, the late Prince would perform the Super Bowl halftime show, in a performance that would become iconic, and the national anthem was sung by Billy Joel. A total of 93.2 million fans tuned in to catch Super Bowl XLI, broadcast by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on CBS. And the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial spot would cost around $2.6 million.

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Indianapolis Colts Week 11: The Reunion

Not only was Sunday the 10-year celebration of the Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl XLI team, it was also an important divisional matchup for the 2016 team. This week’s Colts Weekly Update presented by Bullseye Event Group features a win, and plenty of nostalgia.


Luck Shines (Again)

Despite struggling in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finished with 262 yards and two touchdowns, with just one interception. Luck’s numbers, and 3rd-and-short pass to receiver T.Y. Hilton, helped seal the Colts’ 24-17 victory over the Titans, bringing the team to 5-5 on the year.

2006 Super Bowl XLI Team Reunion

It has been 10 years since the Indianapolis Colts made that magical run to Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida. Throughout the weekend, team owner Jim Irsay hosted several events to bring that historic team back together, starting with a 2006 Super Bowl team dinner on Saturday night, and ending with the recognition of the team at halftime of Sunday’s game.

And when the day was all said and done, the 2006 Super Bowl champions broke it down one more time in the tunnel.

Looking Forward

The Colts have a short week this week, as the team will host its first ever Thanksgiving game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday night, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, and hoping to continue to gain ground on the AFC South-leading Houston Texans.

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Best Tweets from Super Bowl 50

There’s a saying that not only is the Super Bowl the culmination of the NFL’s season, but it’s also “Twitter’s Super Bowl.” A time when fans and viewer come together on social media to share their hilarious takes on the big game. Looking forward to Super Bowl LI in Houston, here are some of the best tweets from Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.


The Twitterverse began with predictions…well, somewhat.

But the real money came from roasting the always anticipated Super Bowl commercials.

And of course, roasting Denver Broncos quarterback (and Super Bowl 50 champion) Peyton Manning.

Ah Twitter. Stay golden.

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NFL Division Preview: AFC West

In what might be one of the most perplexing divisions in the NFL, we look at the AFC West’s road to Super Bowl LI in Houston.

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Last Year (2015): Denver Broncos (12-4, Super Bowl 50 Champions), Kansas City Chiefs (11-5), Oakland Raiders (7-9) and San Diego Chargers (4-12)

The Denver Broncos, despite being the champions of Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, might be the team with the biggest questions on offense heading into the 2016 NFL season.

Following quarterback Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler signing with the Houston Texans, the Broncos face a big question in who will be the offensive leader of the team.  The team does, however, return the core of their strength on defense, meaning that whether its new rookie Paxton Lynch or incoming veteran Mark Sanchez playing QB, the team will still contend for the division title.

The Kansas City Chiefs had a quiet offseason, with no major departures or arrivals to their squad. The team will look to build on a 2015 that saw a surging second half, falling just short of the AFC West division title.

The Oakland Raiders surprised many people in 2015, making them the dark horse candidate in the AFC in 2016. Quarterback Derek Carr and receiver Amari Cooper headline an offense that seemed to mesh in the second half of the 2015 season, and with head coach Jack Del Rio returning and a solid 2016 NFL Draft class, it would be well advised to be on the lookout for the Raiders in 2016.

The San Diego Chargers have a lot of work to be done, beginning on the defensive side of the ball after losing cornerback Patrick Robinson to the Indianapolis Colts. The offensive side of the ball shows a lot of glaring needs as well, with quarterback Phillip Rivers realistically the only surefire piece in place.

Prediction: The Oakland Raiders continue their rise and take the AFC West.

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Manning Memories: Part III

In Part III of Bullseye Event Group’s Manning Memories series, we take a look at Peyton Manning’s top three moments as a member of the Indianapolis Colts: breaking an “unbreakable” record, completing an epic comeback, and a world championship.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS(5)3) Single-season passing touchdowns record

In 2004 against the San Diego Chargers, Peyton Manning threw a touchdown pass over the middle to Brandon Stokely to record his 49th touchdown pass of the regular season, breaking Dan Marino’s longstanding record of 48. Relive the moment:

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2) Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago Bears

While most would argue that Manning’s Super Bowl XLI victory might be the greatest moment in Indianapolis Colts history, The Colt’s 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in February of 2007 might be considered more of a 1A type option.

The Colts’ first world championship came on February 4, 2007 as the Colts defeated the NFC Champion Chicago Bears 29-17. Manning ended the game with 247 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and collected his first Super Bowl MVP trophy. Relive the Super Bowl XLI highlights by clicking here.

1) 2006 AFC Championship Game

Considered by many to be the “Super Bowl” for Indianapolis in the 2006 season, the Indianapolis Colts completed a comeback of epic proportions against their nemesis, the New England Patriots, to advance to Super Bowl XLI and their eventual first world championship.

Trailing 21-3 at half time, it seemed all but a foregone conclusion that the New England Patriots would be headed for yet another AFC Championship victory over the Colts. But in the second half, Manning and the Colts offense led an all-out attack on the Patriots defense, capping off the comeback with a Joseph Addai run at the goal line to put the Colts ahead 38-34, and the eventual victory.

Manning ended the AFC Championship with 349 yards and one touchdown, but the biggest relief of Manning’s career; finally beating the New England Patriots in a clutch performance.

It’s no surprise that with all of these great memories in Indianapolis, Manning will be heading back for a farewell press conference with the Colts sometime in the near future. The son of a basketball town was able to turn Indianapolis into a city of “football evangelists,” as he put it. And for that, we speak for all of Indianapolis when we say “thank you, Peyton,” for fourteen magical years in the circle city.

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Manning Memories: Part II

Following Peyton Manning’s farewell to the NFL press conference, Bullseye reviews Manning’s top 10 moment in Indianapolis. Part II of that series counts down numbers 6-4.


6) 4th-and-2 game vs. New England Patriots

In November of 2009, the Colts and Patriots squared off once again at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was in this game that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick showed perhaps the most reverence for Peyton Manning, opting to go for it on 4th-and-2 late in the game with a small lead, as opposed to punting and giving Manning and the Colts a game-winning drive opportunity.

Brady’s pass to Kevin Faulk was caught right at the first down marker, but officials ultimately ruled Faulk short, leaving Manning with a short field for the eventual game-winning touchdown in the final minute to receiver Reggie Wayne.

5) First playoff victory

Peyton’s first playoff victory came in the 2003 wild-card matchup with…guess who, the Denver Broncos.

Manning was brilliant in the 41-10 victory over Denver, recording 377 yards and five TDs against the Broncos defense, which earned Manning his first ever perfect passer rating of 158.3.

4) Monday Night Miracle vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Whenever Colts fans think of Peyton Manning’s numerous comebacks as an Indianapolis Colt, one of the first that comes to mind is the Monday Night Miracle in Tampa Bay on head coach Tony Dungy’s birthday.



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