Another look at the Super Bowl V Champion Baltimore Colts as they battled through the new American Football Conference Eastern Division in 1970. In this edition they find themselves battling their new rivals from Miami coached by former head coach Don Shula. Also included will be a matchup against their old rivals from Chicago as the Bears make an unpleasant return to Baltimore.
November 1, 1970 Memorial Stadium Baltimore, MD Baltimore Colts 35 Miami Dolphins 0: Former coach Don Shula brought his Dolphins up to Baltimore for the first time since his offseason departure to Miami. For coach Shula it was a most unpleasantexperience as the Colts demolished the Dolphins in this crucial matchup. The Colts got on the board in the first quarter when Ron Gardin returned a Larry Seiple punt 80 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter Norm Bulaich’s 1-yard scoring run was setup by a Mike Curtis interception of a Bob Griese pass. The Colts Jim Duncan returned the opening kickoff 99 yards to start the second half to put the game out of reach. Johnny Unitas hit Eddie Hinton from 32 yards out for a 28-0 lead after three quarters. A Earl Morrall to Tom Mitchell 15-yard scoring pass completed the scoring in the game for the Colts.
Curtis intercepted two passes on the day to go along with a interception from Rick Volk to keep the Dolphins in check. All in all the Colts got four turnovers from the Dolphins en route to the shutout victory and Miami also contributed to the lopsided loss with eight penalties in the game which killed them.
November 29, 1970 Memorial Stadium Baltimore, MD Baltimore Colts 21 Chicago Bears 20: In a game that was as about as ugly as it could get and still not lose this one this was it. In the first seven minutes of the game the Bears intercepted three Johnny Unitas passes en route to a 17-0 lead after one quarter. However Unitas would have the last laugh in the game when he hit John Mackey on a 54-yard scoring pass with 3:47 left in the game for the winning score.
In the first three possessions of the game the Bears intercepted Unitas three times setting up three scores. Ross Brupbacher intercepted a Unitas pass setting up a Jack Concannon to George Farmer 20-yard scoring pass. George Seals intercepted a Unitas pass setting up a 27-yard Mac Percival field goal. The Bears Dick Daniels intercepted another pass which setup a Concannon to Rick Moady 1-yard scoring pass for the last score of the quarter.
In the second quarter the Colts began to fight back when Unitas drove the Colts 80 yards downfield finishing with a Jerry Hill 1-yard scoring plunge. Just before the half Unitas hit Roy Jefferson on a 7-yard scoring pass cutting down to 17-14. In the fourth quarter Percival kicked his second field goal of the game. Then Unitas hit Mackey downfied on a pass on a broken coverage play beating the Bears Gary Lyle for a 54-yard score.
December 13, 1970 War Memorial Stadium Buffalo, NY Baltimore Colts 20 Buffalo Bills 14 For one of those unexplained reasons Baltimore struggled against the lowly Bills this season. The first matchup ended up with Jim O’Brien kicking a late field goal to ensure the Colts escaped with a tie. This time the Colts had to eek out a narrow win while claiming the inaugural AFC Easter Division Championship with a win on this day.
Two O’Brien field goals of 32 and 38 yards sandwiched around two Colts touchdowns in this narrow victory. The Bils led 14-10 at halftime thanks to a Lloyd Pate1-yard scoring plunge and a Dennis Shaw to Marlin Briscoe 10-yard scoring pass. While the Colts touchdowns occurred when Tom Nowatzke bolted in from the one and Norm Bulaich bolted in from the two,
Three turnovers and seven penalties did in the Bills on this afternoon. Bills cornerback Robert James was tossed out of the game after a fight in the third quarter after he took exception to the Bulaich touchdown.
Americas Game Super Bowl V Baltimore Colts
1970 Baltimore Colts John Schaefer