They were being tipped before the season started amongst the favourites for the AFC Championship and a Super Bowl appearance, but now the Indianapolis Colts are watching the play-offs rather than taking part in them.
Last year's AFC Championship runners up haven't reached the post season following a disappointing season.
The Colts finished 8-8 and second in the AFC South behind eventual winners the Houston Texans.
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Given the high level of disappointment and underachievement from Indianapolis this season, many were wondering if head coach Chuck Pagano would join the head coach carousel.
We have already seen the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Cleveland Browns all lose their head coaches due to the end of the season.
The Indianapolis Colts have now made their choice on their head coach with the news breaking that Pagano has been handed a contract extension.
Far from being fired, Pagano has been handed a four year extension showing that owner Jim Irsay has a lot of faith in him.
Pagano was a tricky one to call and since he is now staying in Indianapolis, Colts fans can only hope that he will bring the success they expected next year.
Indianapolis made a string of big name acquisitions in the off-season to help compliment quarterback Andrew Luck and build a very effective offense.
That hasn't worked out though with Luck spending most of the season on the sidelines and the Colts being very hot and cold this season.
Better next year?
We are now awaiting the start of the Wildcard weekend on Saturday night but for Indianapolis, it will be the start of their preparations for next year.
With the Draft upcoming and of course the madness of free agency, Indianapolis will surely be hard at work to ensure a return to the play-offs at the end of next season.
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