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Colts rally for win over Titans, take three game lead in AFC South

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The Indianapolis Colts found themselves facing a deficit of at least 14 points in the first half for the third straight game on Thursday night.

However, the Colts once again manged to come from behind to earn a 30-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans and took a commanding three-game lead over the rest of the AFC South.

Chris Johnson scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter to build an early lead for the Titans.

Trailing 17-6 at half, the Colts got the ball to start the third quarter. Indianapolis scored 14 points in less than a minute – taking advantage of a Titans’ special teams turnover – to take the lead for the first time over Tennessee.

Andrew Luck led the Colts on an 11-play, 74-yard scoring drive capped by a 6-yard touchdown run from Donald Brown to pull within four at 17-13.

Devon Wylie, who had been promoted from the Titans’ practice squad earlier this week, fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The loose ball was recovered by reserve running back Dan Herron at the Tennessee 20-yard line.

Luck hit Stanley Havili for nine yards and then scored himself to take the lead. Luck tried to throw a quick screen but Titans’ defensive end Derrick Morgan jumped into the throwing lane. Luck pulled the ball down and took off running and walked in for an 11-yard touchdown to give the Colts a 20-17 lead.

The pair of touchdowns came 57 seconds apart.

Adam Vinatieri and Rob Bironas traded field goals as the Colts held onto the slim 23-20 lead. But the Colts managed to mount another lengthy drive to put the game out of reach. Indianapolis held the ball for nearly five minutes as the Colts marched on an 11-play, 64-yard score drive. Brown scored from 11 yards out, his second touchdown of the night, as the Colts took a 30-27 lead.

Brown rushed for 80 yards on 14 carries and two scores for the Colts.

Ryan Fitzpatrick quickly led a Titans scoring drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker to pull back within three, but an onside kick attempt failed and the Colts managed to run out the clock to hold onto the win.

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30 Responses to “Colts rally for win over Titans, take three game lead in AFC South”
  1. chawk12thman says: Nov 14, 2013 11:51 PM

    Titans failed to use their RB and pound the rock after he scored twice in the first quarter. That and turnover are the story here.

  2. indytom87 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:52 PM

    Glad we won but that Rams game still stings.

  3. mf7krime says: Nov 14, 2013 11:54 PM

    The Colts have played nightmarishly bad in the last three weeks and they’ve somehow won 2 of those 3. If they start to play well, watch out.

  4. i10east says: Nov 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    Hey Tennessee, us in Jacksonville and Houston warmly welcome you to the ‘No game after week 17″ club.

  5. loyalraven says: Nov 14, 2013 11:59 PM

    Thanks for losing Tennessee!

    -Ravens Fan

  6. swaggyy says: Nov 15, 2013 12:02 AM

    Wow Andrew Suck completed 60% of his passes?

  7. 4onafloor says: Nov 15, 2013 12:04 AM

    Same old Titans, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Munchack was a great player and o-line coach, and same for Jerry Grey and his stint as a player and positions coach. Frodo the offensive co=ordinater wasn’t even a good player.

    The team has the right players, the first quarter showed that much, but this team has no chance of winning as long as they keep selecting their coaching staff from in-house alumni of the Fisher era.

  8. nfl4days says: Nov 15, 2013 12:07 AM

    Waiting for the Trent Richardson apologists. Donald Brown runs behind the same o line and he averages almost 6 yards a carry and he’s more dynamic. Trent has had twice as many carries and has less yards and one less TD once this game is counted. Brown also outperforms in the pass game. The colts run game sucks because they don’t use the right back. If Bradshaw and ballard hadnt gotten hurt trent would be the fourth best back on this team.

  9. blackngold4life says: Nov 15, 2013 12:07 AM

    Titans lost that game when they kicks a fg after the colts had 3 personal fouls and a pass interference call on one drive..they had their chance to blow it open

  10. bobman2 says: Nov 15, 2013 12:13 AM

    Agh! As soon as Brown scored “the clincher” I asked myself if he’d have been better off kneeling at the 1. Against the broncos or Pats, definitely should have. With a 1st down and no TOs for Tenn, three kneel downs and a FG ends the game. Or just 3 kneel downs….

    There was no reason to expect the Titans to rip off 80 yards in 4 plays, but anything can happen. And almost did.

  11. souljaboiz says: Nov 15, 2013 12:18 AM

    I was a fan of Andrew Luck back when he was in High School. Told you guys he was he real deal.

  12. wmelch says: Nov 15, 2013 12:50 AM

    If the Colts took a 30-27 lead, and then the Titans scored a TD, wouldn’t that make it 34-27 in favor of the Titans before the onside kick attempt?

  13. kayakattack says: Nov 15, 2013 12:57 AM

    Jax probably has a better chance of catching the Colts than the Texans or Titans at this point. Tough division, eh?

  14. 1964bclions says: Nov 15, 2013 1:03 AM

    An great Thursday Night Game… Great Theatre… Enjoyable watch.

    I kind of felt sorry for “The Amish Rifle”

    But, then I realized the Amish do not watch T.V. so they were not disappointed, so it is OK the Colts won.

  15. commonsenseisundetvalued says: Nov 15, 2013 1:32 AM

    one and done in january, they have a worse team than last year without Wayne

  16. leothelyon says: Nov 15, 2013 1:34 AM

    But the Colts managed to mount another lengthy drive to put the game out of reach. Indianapolis held the ball for nearly five minutes as the Colts marched on an 11-play, 64-yard score drive. Brown scored from 11 yards out, his second touchdown of the night, as the Colts took a 30-27 lead.

    Brown rushed for 80 yards on 14 carries and two scores for the Colts.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick quickly led a Titans scoring drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker to pull back within three,

    Doesn’t make sense. The score would have been 30-20 then 30-27

    And, why not expand on, ‘facing a deficit of at least 14 points in the first half for the third straight game? A brief update on the earlier two comebacks would have been enlightening.

  17. codenamez says: Nov 15, 2013 1:41 AM

    Donald Brown – 5.7 yards per carry. Trent Richardson – 2.8 yards per carry. Same bad offensive line. Next excuse?

  18. leothelyon says: Nov 15, 2013 1:54 AM

    Indianapolis Colts 27 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    The Colts actually had a 20 to 3 lead at halftime, not a 14 point deficit in their prior Thursday game they played which was last year.

    Top of the article says, “The Indianapolis Colts found themselves facing a deficit of at least 14 points in the first half for the third straight game on Thursday night.

    at least 14 points in the first half for the third straight game on Thursday night.

    Did not happen. I’m not even going to search what they did on their other Thurs in 2011…….bye!

  19. easywolf says: Nov 15, 2013 4:45 AM

    Wow the Tennessee titans looked like a dimbly coached team maybe it’s all that honkey tonk crap they got going on down there, looked like a dumb team, period.

  20. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2013 4:59 AM

    Whether you like him or not is irrelevant, Andrew Luck is the real deal.

  21. nflbeastrulz says: Nov 15, 2013 6:54 AM

    The Colts woke up from their Richardson Slumber and starting using D Brown as a all purpose back. Good move.

  22. heeeeelzfan says: Nov 15, 2013 6:55 AM

    Vinatieri just quietly goes about his business. Don’t forget that 50-yard fieldgoal. Especially considering that three points was the margin of victory.

  23. firerogergoodellnow says: Nov 15, 2013 6:57 AM

    Peyton Manning: “You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.”

  24. rascalmanny says: Nov 15, 2013 7:50 AM

    NOTHING about this game surprised me. The Titans have NO leadership and no “want to”.

    The Colts have Luck who showed spirit during his halftime rant and the Colts have a winning attitude and desire.

  25. natepalmer1 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:03 AM

    So Luck is a hero for a another come from behind win but Wilson and the Seahawks suck when they do it…Thankfully the Rams exposed the Colts for what they really are…

  26. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 15, 2013 8:09 AM

    Just so you know, the AFC South is actually worse than the NFC East as hard as that may be to believe.

    NFC East has 16 wins this year, the AFC south 14.
    NFC East has two teams without a losing record and the AFC south has only one (Colts)

    In conference play the NFC East is 12-13 and the AFC south is 11-14.

    Out of conference NFC East 4-9 and AFC south 3-10.

    While the NFC east is weak and gets all the publicity, actually the AFC south is the weakest divison is the NFL.

  27. turtlehut says: Nov 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    Looks like CJ thought at the amount of dollars the Titans are paying him he only had to try for 1 quarter and then coast on home!

  28. headonaswivel says: Nov 15, 2013 10:29 AM

    Once again, the Titans give away another game they should have won. Nothing new to see here.

  29. techieluddite says: Nov 15, 2013 10:29 AM

    Now that Bud Adams is dead, i guess i can stop rooting against the titans, but i can’t help it. I still love seeing them lose. Houston is out of it, so what’s the difference.

  30. realfootballfan says: Nov 15, 2013 10:58 AM

    Luck’s amazing. If there’s such a thing as a clutch gene, he’s got it in spades.

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