Colts Escape With A Win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Indianapolis Colts maintain digging themselves into early holes – and proving they know easy methods to come back and win.
Donald Brown ran for two touchdowns, Andrew Luck added another and the Colts rallied yet again, this time beating the Tennessee Titans 30-27 on Thursday evening.
The Colts (7-three) trailed 14-zero in the first quarter and have been outscored 35-zero in the first quarter in their previous three games – two of them victories. Additionally they have trailed in six games after the first quarter this season.
“At the finish of the day, successful is what matters,” Luck stated. “We were fortunate in this sport to outlive our errors and have a chance to win… But we all know that is acquired to be mounted.”
Adam Vinatieri kicked three discipline objectives, together with a 50-yarder, and Coby Fleener had a career-excessive eight catches for 107 yards to assist the Colts bounce back fairly properly from a 38-eight dwelling loss to St. Louis. They have yet to lose again-to-again video games underneath coach Chuck Pagano and are eight-zero coming off a loss.
“Clearly, beginning out like that’s one thing we’re all too conversant in,” Fleener mentioned. “That’s something we now have to work (on) and get corrected.”
The Colts are again in command of the AFC South, too, now having crushed all three divisional opponents on the road.
“We’re not nervous about that yet,” Luck said. “We’re fearful about this next sport.”
The Titans (4-6) misplaced their second straight and fifth in six video games, blowing the large lead. Chris Johnson ran for 2 touchdowns and 70 yards in the first quarter however had solely 16 yards after that.
“We have got to seek out that successful formula, no matter it’s,” Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick stated. “We have to find a approach to pull these games out at the finish. It’s a powerful locker room in there right now. That’s two in a row that type of slipped away from us. Two massive ones, two expensive ones for us.”
Fitzpatrick drove the Titans eighty yards in four performs, capping the drive with a 19-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker with 1:54 left. But the Titans, identical to they did in becoming the primary group to lose to Jacksonville this season on Sunday, couldn’t execute an onside kick with the ball protecting not even 10 yards earlier than Colts linebacker Pat Angerer lined it up.
The Colts had the ball for less than six minutes in the first quarter and wound up holding the ball greater than 32:23. Additionally they outgained the Titans 366-340 after Tennessee opened with a 148-4 edge in total offense with its fast begin.
Indianapolis sealed the victory with an 11-play drive capped by Brown with an eleven-yard TD with 3:01 left, and the Colts ran on 10 of the eleven performs for 60 yards. That was the Colts’ fourth drive of 11 plays or more, and Brown praised the maligned offensive line for a phenomenal job. So did Pagano, who mentioned the linemen took it personally.
“They’d a degree to prove,” Pagano mentioned.
Luck completed 23-of-36 for 232 yards passing.
The Titans got here out with the start they only want they’d Sunday, once they lost to Jacksonville 29-27. Fitzpatrick didn’t flip the ball over as soon as in changing Jake Locker, who is out for the rest of the season with a Lisfrac injury to his proper foot.
The Titans were up 17-6 at halftime and appeared to be in control because the Colts had a mini-meltdown with three personal fouls, together with linebacker Erik Walden head-butting Walker after ripping the helmet off the Titans tight end.
The Colts gained their fourth straight and for the ninth time in 10 video games over their divisional rival, with Vinatieri’s 30-yard subject objective as the primary half expired helping settle the Colts down. That was the first of 20 straight points, as they dominated within the third quarter, holding the ball for greater than 11 minutes in taking a 23-17 lead.
They opened the third quarter with an 11-play drive throughout which Luck accomplished all 5 of his passes for forty two yards, together with two on third down. Brown capped the drive with a 7-yard TD.
Then Devon Wylie, signed to the roster Tuesday for an injured Damian Williams at returner, bumped into teammate Craig Stevens and fumbled on the kickoff for Tennessee. Daniel Herron recovered for the Colts on the Titans’ 20, and Luck scrambled for an 11-yard TD two plays later.
It was yet another particular teams gaffe this season by the Titans.
“For whatever motive, we just can’t maintain on to the soccer,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “One other seven-level play really.”
The Colts pressured Tennessee to a three-and-out, and the Titans lastly held in forcing Indianapolis to a subject goal. Vinatieri kicked his third of the night, a 50-yarder that went just over the crossbar. That capped 17 unanswered points within the third quarter as Luck related on his first eight passes and was 9-of-11 for seventy one yards in the quarter.
Vinatieri tied his career finest along with his fourth subject aim from a minimum of 50 yards this season. He is 4-of-6 this season in that vary… The Colts are eight-0 underneath Pagano when not turning over the ball… The Colts improved to four-1 on the highway this season… Walker caught a profession-high 10 passes for 91 yards… Titans WR
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