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.
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.