Q&A: AFC runner-up team captured Indy’s hearts in ’95



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Ted Marchibroda, right, was the Indianapolis Colts' head coach from 1992 to 1995. His familiar 1995 phrase, ''Let 'er rip,'' was his frequent pre-game advice to quarterback Jim Harbaugh during the team's march to the AFC Championship Game, where the Colts came up one play short of a Super Bowl trip. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Low expectations? There was no shortage of those for the Indianapolis Colts heading into the 1995 NFL season.

With no star power, no winning tradition and no resolution to a chronic quarterback quandary, the long-suffering Colts were expected to win no more than the eight games they’d won in 1994.

Were the experts to be believed, they would win considerably fewer than that.

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