Perhaps futility has a way of softening bitterness-even when its nearly three decades old.
On the electronic scoreboards that wrap M & T Bank Stadium, there was the word "Colts." Doesn't seem like a big deal, right? We'll don't forget about history.
Since the Indianapolis franchise left Baltimore in 1984, its was customary for the current Ravens franchise to place the phrase "Indy" on the scoreboard instead of the mascot name. Consider it a protest to a move that still sticks in the minds of Maryland football fans.
But on Sunday this tradition changed. As fans milled into the stadium they saw the name "Colts" on the scoreboard instead of "Indy".
Perhaps the field on the play of the team they once called their own is enough to bring some sense of closure.
For a 13th consecutive week the Colts lacked offensive consistency and the ability to make a big play on defense, falling to the Ravens 24-10 Sunday afternoon at M & T Bank Stadium.
It ties the franchise record for futility to start a season, matching the 1986 squad that was just three years removed from the departure from Baltimore.
The Ravens didn't waste much time sealing the Colts fate, scoring 4:44 seconds into the game when Joe Flacco found Torrey Smith for an eight-yard touchdown to make it 7-0. Billy Cundiff completed another drive with a 36-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
Flacco led the Ravens on a 69-yard drive in the second quarter and Ray Rice completed the play with a six-yard scoring run to make it 17-0.
Indianapolis got some unexpected help in getting some momentum late in the first half, when struggling returner Joe Lefeged took kickoff 47-yards into Ravens territory. Dan Orlovsky's drive stalled out inside the Ravens' five, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 22-yard field goal to get the Colts on the board.
That was as good as the offense would have it, however, even as the Baltimore defense played without star middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Orlovsky's offensive unit went three-and-out during two third quarter drives and the Ravens brought the lead to 24-3 on a Flacco touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta.