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Tennessee Titans mistakes costly in 22-14 loss to Indianapolis Colts

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans’ (5-7-0) defense held Indianapolis Colts’ (8-4-0) running back Donald Brown to only 8 yards rushing until midway through the 4th quarter.

With 8:08 left to play, the Colts were looking to chew up clock. A heavy dose of running ended with Brown scoring a 4 yard touchdown putting Indianapolis up 22-14. Brown had 46 yards on the drive.

Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown (31) is tackled by Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Tennessee 22-14. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown (31) is tackled by Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Tennessee 22-14. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

The Titans got the ball with a 1:56 left. After four plays, Ryan Fitzpatick’s pass to Kendall Wright is intercepted at the Indianapolis 25 yard line by Jerrell Freeman with 0:33 seconds to play. It was Fitzpatrick’s third interception of the day.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri was the hero for the Colts with five field goals that tied his career high.

Tennessee kicker Rob Bironas broke into the NFL’s 1,000-point club with his 2 extra point kicks Sunday. Bironas is now the second player in Titans history to achieve the feat. Former kicker Al Del Greco finished his career with 1,584 points (1,060 with the Titans/Oilers franchise).

The win gives Indianapolis a three game lead in the AFC South division race over Tennessee. The Colts also own the first tiebreaker since they swept the Titans this season. Indy needs one more win or a Titans loss to wrap up the division.

Tennessee’s Fitzpatick ended the game with completing 21 passes on 37 attempts for 201 yards and 3 interceptions. He also had a fumble when Robert Mathis sacked him and stripped the ball free in the 3rd quarter. Fitzpatick ran 8 times for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Johnson had 69 yards on 18 attempts. He averaged 3.8 yards a carry. Johnson also caught 6 balls for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Nate Washington led all receivers with 81 yards on 5 catches. Kendall Wright pulled in 6 balls for 77 yards. Justin Hunter has held to 1 catch for 9 yards.

Andrew Luck was 17 of 32 attempts for 200 yards and an interception for Indianapolis. He ran 5 times for 42 yards. Donald Brown ran for 54 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. He had 2 catches for 10 yards.

Tight end Coby Fleener had 3 catches for 50 yards. T.Y. Hilton grabbed 5 balls for 46 yards.

The Tennessee Titans will look to regroup next week as they head to Mile High to face the Denver Broncos Sunday, December 8th. Kickoff is at 3:05pm CT.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 Final
Tennessee Titans 0 7 7 0 14
Indianapolis Colts 6 6 3 7 22

 

Scoring
1st Quarter
Colts FG A.Vinatieri 47 yd. Field Goal (12-59, 6:09)
Colts FG A.Vinatieri 48 yd. Field Goal (5-32, 1:09)
2nd Quarter
Titans TD R.Fitzpatrick 1 yd. run (R.Bironas kick) (10-80, 4:20)
Colts FG A.Vinatieri 45 yd. Field Goal (8-57, 2:47)
Colts FG A.Vinatieri 37 yd. Field Goal (5-45, 0:26)
3rd Quarter
Titans TD C.Johnson 1 yd. pass from R.Fitzpatrick (R.Bironas kick) (14-80, 7:31)
Colts FG A.Vinatieri 49 yd. Field Goal (4-1, 1:14)
4th Quarter
Colts TD D.Brown 4 yd. run (A.Vinatieri kick) (11-92, 6:12)

 

 

Tennessee Titans
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
R. Fitzpatrick 21/37 201 1 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Johnson 18 69 0 9
R. Fitzpatrick 8 54 1 16
S. Greene 10 39 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Washington 5 81 0 31
K. Wright 6 77 0 35
C. Johnson 6 32 1 11
J. Hunter 1 9 0 9
D. Walker 1 5 0 5
S. Greene 1 1 0 1
C. Mooney 1 -4 0 -4
Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
R. Fitzpatrick 1 1 0 0
K. Klug 0 0 0 0
D. Morgan 0 0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bironas 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG I20 LG
B. Kern 6 32.2 4 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
L. Washington 3 26 0 32
Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
L. Washington 2 21 0 33

 

 

Indianapolis Colts
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
A. Luck 17/32 200 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Brown 14 54 1 14
A. Luck 5 42 0 24
T. Richardson 5 19 0 11
D. Heyward-Bey 1 -11 0 -11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Fleener 3 50 0 21
T. Hilton 5 46 0 20
L. Brazill 3 42 0 17
S. Havili 3 29 0 19
D. Heyward-Bey 1 23 0 23
D. Brown 2 10 0 7
Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
A. Luck 2 0 1 0
C. Rainey 1 0 0 0
S. Brown 0 0 1 6
D. Brown 0 0 1 0
J. Freeman 0 0 1 24
R. Mathis 0 0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Vinatieri 5/5 49 1/1 16
Punting NO AVG I20 LG
P. McAfee 5 36.8 1 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
C. Rainey 2 22 0 25
Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
C. Rainey 3 9 0 18

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