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Tennessee Titans Defense Not Strong Enough to Hold Off Colts

October 29th, 2012 at 10:23 AM
By Ethan Rees

'Bears v. Colts - September 9, 2012' photo (c) 2012, Mark Susina - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Tennessee Titans looked to have momentum through the entire game Sunday, all the way up until 3:24 left in the game.  The Indianapolis Colts tied up the game, 13-13, on a 1-yard run by Delone Carter.  The Colts were able to pull through and win the AFC South division match-up by a final of 19-13.

The Titans offense played efficiently, with running back Chris Johnson just falling shy of the century mark with 99 yards, while quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 22-of-29 passes on the afternoon for 236 yards and one touchdown.

Unfortunately though, they weren't able to hold onto their 13-6 lead late in the game, giving up a 14 play, 80-yard drive late in the fourth.  The defense had been aggressively rushing Luck all day, even rushing five men consistently in the second half, effectively throwing him and the Colts offense off their game plan.  

Indianapolis chipped away at the defense late in the game though, marching down field at the two most crucial times, racking up 160 yards and 13 points on their last two possessions to win the game.

Titans kicker Rob Bironas missed a 45-yard field goal late in the third quarter before knocking through a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth to put them up 13-6.  The Colts milked the clock on their scoring drive, using up 7:02 to get down to around the three minute mark for the Titans to have another chance.  The Titans made it into Colts territory but stalled on the 41-yard line, forcing them to punt and hope for overtime.

They never got another chance, as the Colts received the kick in overtime, and went down 80-yards on 9 plays, where Luck connected with running back Vick Ballard on a 16-yard to take the game out of the Titans hands.

The Titans move to 3-5 on the year while the Colts improve to 4-3.

Tags: AFC South, Chris Johnson, Football, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, Rob Bironas, Tennessee, Tennessee Titans

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