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Colts Suffer Worst Home Loss Since Clinton Administration

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Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field after throwing his third interception against the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field after throwing his third interception against the St. Louis Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.

It's one thing to lose a game, but it's another thing to lose that game at home. But what might by even more demoralizing is to lose a game at home and get whooped in the process.

The AFC South Division-leading Indianapolis Colts on Sunday suffered their third defeat of the season, 38-8, to the last-place St. Louis Rams, who had come into that game with a 3-6 record. This 30-point defeat at home was the first time the Colts lost at home by 30 or more points since losing 31-0 to the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 29, 1993, almost 20 years ago. It had been the longest time between 30-point losses at home in the NFL.

The Baltimore Ravens franchise, which began play in the league in 1996, now holds the longest time between 30-point losses at home. In fact the Ravens have never lost a game at home by 30 points or more. The worst home loss suffered by the Ravens was a 27-point loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-8, on Oct. 21, 1999.

In addition to the Colts losing a home game by 30-plus points this year, the Jacksonville Jaguars have twice in 2013 lost a home game by 30 points or more. Last season there were seven such games in the league.

Following is the last regular season each of the NFL teams lost a home game by 30 points or more.

1996: Baltimore (have never lost a home game by 30 points or more)
1997: Pittsburgh
1998: New England
2001: Dallas, Minnesota
2002: Houston, San Diego
2003: Arizona, New Orleans
2004: Chicago
2005: Atlanta, Philadelphia
2006: Green Bay
2008: Cincinnati, Detroit
2009: NY Giants, Oakland, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
2010: Carolina, Cleveland, Seattle, Washington
2011: Denver, Kansas City
2012: Buffalo, Miami, NY Jets, St. Louis, Tennessee
2013: Indianapolis, Jacksonville