Head coach Tony Dungy
General manager Bill Polian
Home field RCA Dome
|Division place 2nd AFC South|
Start date 2002
Owner Jim Irsay
|Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Jets) 41–0|
Pro Bowlers QB Peyton Manning WR Marvin Harrison
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The 2002 Indianapolis Colts season was the 50th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and 19th in Indianapolis. The Colts made it to the playoffs after a one-year absence in 2001 when they finished with a 6–10 record and would not miss the playoffs again until 2011. The 2002 season marked the first for the Colts in the new AFC South after competing for 32 seasons in the AFC East. The season is memorable when the team hired Ex-Bucs coach Tony Dungy. He would later take the Colts to Super Bowl XLI after a successful 2006 season.
In the Wildcard round, the Colts were soundly embarrassed by the New York Jets, as they ended up losing the game 41-0. The Jets would go on to lose to the eventual AFC Champion Oakland Raiders the following week.
Q1 – IND – 2:38 – 6-yard touchdown 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
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.
AFC Wild-Card Playoff Game: vs. New York Jets
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.