|1964 Baltimore Colts season|
|Head coach||Don Shula|
|Home field||Memorial Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFL Championship|
(Cleveland Browns, 27–0)
The 1964 Baltimore Colts season was the 12th season for the team in the National Football League. The Colts finished the regular season with a record of 12 wins and 2 losses and finished first in the Western Conference. It was their first conference title since 1959, clinched on November 22 with three games remaining.
|194 Baltimore Colts staff|
None - vacant
|1||September 13||at Minnesota Vikings||L 24–34||0–1||Metropolitan Stadium|
|2||September 20||at Green Bay Packers||W 21–20||1–1||Lambeau Field|
|3||September 27||Chicago Bears||W 52–0||2–1||Memorial Stadium|
|4||October 4||Los Angeles Rams||W 35–20||3–1||Memorial Stadium|
|5||October 12||St. Louis Cardinals||W 47–27||4–1||Memorial Stadium ^|
|6||October 18||Green Bay Packers||W 24–21||5–1||Memorial Stadium|
|7||October 25||at Detroit Lions||W 34–0||6–1||Tiger Stadium|
|8||November 1||San Francisco 49ers||W 37–7||7–1||Memorial Stadium|
|9||November 8||at Chicago Bears||W 40–24||8–1||Wrigley Field|
|10||November 15||Minnesota Vikings||W 17–14||9–1||Memorial Stadium|
|11||November 22||at Los Angeles Rams||W 24–7||10–1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|12||November 29||at San Francisco 49ers||W 14–3||11–1||Kezar Stadium|
|13||December 6||Detroit Lions||L 14–31||11–2||Memorial Stadium|
|14||December 13||Washington Redskins||W 45–17||12–2||Memorial Stadium|
^ The game with the Cardinals in week 5 was scheduled to be played at St. Louis, but was shifted to Baltimore when the baseball Cardinals reached the World Series, preempting football use of Busch Stadium during the Series.
|NFL Western Conference|
|Green Bay Packers||8||5||1||.615||6–5–1||342||245||T1|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||7||2||.417||3–7–2||283||339||T1|
|San Francisco 49ers||4||10||0||.286||3–9||236||330||L1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
After Baltimore's 12–2 regular season, they traveled to Cleveland to take on the Browns (10–3–1) for the NFL title on December 27. The host team was alternated between the conferences, Eastern in even-numbered seasons and Western in the odd-numbered. This was the third championship game appearance for the Colts since joining the NFL in 1953, and they entered the game as seven-point favorites. Both teams had two weeks to prepare: the first half was uneventful and scoreless, but the home underdog Browns scored seventeen points in the third quarter in their 27–0 rout of the Colts.
|Playoff Round||Date||Opponent||Result||Game Site||Attendance|
|Championship||December 27, 1964||at Cleveland Browns||L 0–27||Cleveland Municipal Stadium|
1964 NFL Championship Game: at Cleveland Browns
- Date: December 27
- Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
- Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), relative humidity 75%, wind 15 mph (24 km/h), wind chill 23 °F (−5 °C)
- Game attendance: 79,554
- Referee: Norm Schachter
- TV announcers (CBS): Chuck Thompson (BAL) (second half) and Ken Coleman (CLE) (first half) (play-by-play), Frank Gifford (color commentator)
Awards and honors
- Shula, Don; Maule, Tex (January 11, 1965). "How the Colts met triumph — and disaster". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
- Shula, Don; Maule, Tex (January 18, 1965). "The road to the title in the West". Sports Illustrated. p. 42.
- "Colts jar Rams, 24-7, to clinch Western title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 23, 1964. p. 4, part 2.
- "Vikings, 34-24". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 14, 1964. p. 3B.
- "Colts edge fumbling Frisco". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 30, 1964. p. 3B.
- "Lions smash Baltimore, 31-14". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 7, 1964. p. 3B.
- "Moore, Berry break records". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). December 14, 1964. p. 3B.
- Johnson, Chuck (December 28, 1964). "Browns play best game of year, Colts their worst - result: 27-0". Milwaukee Journal. p. 10, part 2.
- "Cleveland Browns blank Colts for NFL title". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 28, 1964. p. 7.
- "Cleveland wallops Baltimore, 27-0". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). December 28, 1964. p. 1D.
- "Moore, Unitas lead Colts". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 27, 1964. p. 4B.
- Taylor, Jim (December 27, 1964). "Colts seven-point favorites". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. F1.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)