Don Shula-1969-Last Year in Baltimore

Perhaps in 1969, the Baltimore Colts were reeling from their loss in the Super Bowl.  The Colts fell from 13-1 to 8-5-1 and showed little of their form from the previous year.  Carrol Rosenbloom, always impatient, fired Shula after the season.  There were two big victories over long rival coaches, Vince Lombardi from the Washington Redskins and George Allen from the Los Angeles Rams.

Week 6 Washington at 4-4-1 came into Baltimore to play the 3-3 Colts.

The Redskins got off to a tremendous start under Vince Lombardi.  They tailed off after this game but their 7-5-1 record was their first winning season since 1955.  Today it was all Baltimore.   Tom Matte carried 21 times for 117 yards and scored three touchdowns.  For Washington, Sonny Jurgensen completed 28 of 33 passes for 339 and two touchdowns but three interceptions.   Redskins’ running back Charlie Harroway caught seven passes for 67 yards.   Colts 41 Redskins 17.

Week 14 Baltimore at 7-5-1 came to Los Angeles to play the 11-2 Rams.

The Rams were coasting having won the Coastal Division.    The Rams won the earlier game at Baltimore 27 to 20.  For this game, Johnny Unitas went 19 for 33 for 260 yards.  The Colts held the Rams to 159 yards and 10 first downs.  Colts 13 Rams 7.

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