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Colts on cusp of AFC South title after sweep of Titans

Ricardo Mathews, Jerrell Freeman AP

The Colts moved closer to the AFC South title on Sunday, grinding out a 22-14 victory vs. Tennessee at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The win improves the Colts to 8-4 and gives them the season sweep over the Titans (5-7). The Colts will clinch the AFC South with any win or any Titans loss in the next four weeks. If both clubs were to tie once, the Colts would also clinch the division. Neither the Jaguars nor the Texans can catch the Colts.

In victory, the Colts intercepted Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times, with linebacker Jerrell Freeman’s pick in the final minute the clincher for Indianapolis.

The bulk of the Colts’ scoring came courtesy of kicker Adam Vinatieri, who hit all five of his field goal attempts.

The Colts’ running game, which underwhelmed for much of the contest, came through in the final quarter, sparking an 11-play, 92-yard march ending in Donald Brown’s four-yard TD run to give Indianapolis the 22-14 lead with 1:56 left. The Colts racked up 76 of their 104 rushing yards on the drive, with Brown breaking a pair of 14-yard runs and quarterback Andrew Luck picking up 24 yards on a rush.

Luck completed 17-of-32 passes with no TDs and one interception. He was sacked five times.

Fitzpatrick threw for 201 yards and a score and rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown, but he committed four turnovers for Tennessee, which could not capitalize on day in which Indianapolis lacked its A-game on offense for the first three quarters.

Then, when the Colts needed it most, the offense hit its stride. As a result, Indianapolis is on the doorstep of its second-straight playoff berth.

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10 Responses to “Colts on cusp of AFC South title after sweep of Titans”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 1, 2013 5:18 PM

    Richardson leading all RBs on the Colts today in Yards per Attempt with 19 on 5 tries.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 5:25 PM

    Cordarelle Patterson has as many Rushing TDs as Trent Richardson.

    A wide reciever…

  3. xli2006 says: Dec 1, 2013 5:47 PM

    8-4, 3.5 game lead in the division, wins over Broncos/Seahawks/49ers, and 4-0 div record… yeah I’ll take that at this point in the season for sure.

    With the AFC South all but wrapped up they can play for positioning next wk vs Bengals. The 2 seed isn’t out of the question either w/ games vs the Jags & Texans at home.

  4. rascalmanny says: Dec 1, 2013 5:47 PM

    The afc south sucks and the titans can’t win against the Colts, Jags, or Texans.

    The Titans are the new Raiders/Lions/Browns.

    Bottom feeders.

  5. titans12thman says: Dec 1, 2013 6:18 PM

    Credit to our defense who played hard the whole game and kept us alive…our offensive line gave fitzy more than enough time to make good decisions but the throws were off and his timing was horrible. Fitzy is not the answer and as much as i love Jake, his injuries (as freak as they are) are wearing my already thin patience. It would be borrible if munch lost his job because of the QB position, he has the rest of the team playing reasonably well but we cant put points on the board. Time to cut ties with CJ and lets get a QB who can last a full season and play consistently.

    Go Titans,
    Loyal fan (sad loyal fan)

  6. dodohead418 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:41 PM

    Why in the world did we let go a proven QB for an unproven one just for a 2 million dollar downgrade?

  7. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 1, 2013 9:37 PM

    The Colts are the weakest 8-4 team in NFL history.

  8. paychrisjohnson28 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:53 PM

    MY Titans needed someone to step up & make a big play to put them over the top offensively and no one did. The end of the 2013 Season for the Titans, they had their chances believe me, they choke under pressure. Every year an average NFL roster has 33% change over. Bring then on for next season. Every year every team is a different team. The Titans will lose to the Broncos in Denver next week eliminating them from any playoff consideration.
    On to 2014…

    —Titans Fan Dan

  9. waynesborokennyg says: Dec 2, 2013 9:55 AM

    Colts win the division next week.
    Will be bittersweet consolation prize as they lose to the Bengals in Cincinnati, while Titans lose to Denver.

  10. waynesborokennyg says: Dec 2, 2013 10:00 AM

    xli2006 says: Dec 1, 2013 5:47 PM
    “…With the AFC South all but wrapped up they can play for positioning next wk vs Bengals. The 2 seed isn’t out of the question either w/ games vs the Jags & Texans at home.”
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    Only thing is, when Colts lose a tough game next week in Cincinnati vs. The Bengals – they will then not just be one game in front but essentially 2 by also owning the head-to-head victory with only 3 games left to play. It’s looking more likely Colts finish with #4 Seed in AFC playoff picture which means they’ll get to host Kansas City. It’s a rough road ahead.

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