Titans vs. Colts: Live Score, Video and Analysis
It took 14 games, but the Indianapolis Colts finally won their first game of the season.
Led by a stout defensive attack that held the Titans to just 13 points, the Colts managed to put multiple drives together and got a little help from the defense with a pick-six to come up with the victory.
For the first time all season, there were multiple smiles on the Colts sidelines. Fans had reason to stand and cheer. And everyone went home happy.
Playing with passion from the opening kickoff to the final kneel down, the team finally reinvigorated itself by playing with a little energy.
The Colts took an early lead, getting on the board first with a field goal. They only trailed briefly in the game at 6-3, but a touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky to Reggie Wayne put them back on top, 10-6.
Perhaps no one is happier than Orlovsky today, as he picks up his first win in the NFL as a starting quarterback.
Jacob Lacey also aided in the effort, robbing the Titans' Chris Johnson of a pass and taking it to the end zone to boost the lead.
After a Titans touchdown brought them within a touchdown of the Colts, Donald Brown responded by ripping off an 80-yard touchdown run to all but seal the game for the Colts.
The Colts have had a lot of wins in the past few years. But it's tough to remember one that felt as good as this at the end of the day.
It just feels good to finally say. The Colts win. And Peyton Manning smiles.
Final Score: Titans 13, Colts 27
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1-13 never felt so good.
Locker with an incompletion, and Lucas Oil Stadium goes into a frenzy.
Ah, it's been a long time coming.
This one still isn't quite over. The Titans are threatening on the six yard line. Fourth down. If the Colts stop them, The Luke might explode.
Have no fear, Colts fans, Donald Brown is here.
Brown sprints 80 yards for a touchdown and may have just sealed the game for the Colts, giving them a two touchdown lead.
And for the first time this season, Peyton Manning is smiling.
And just like that, the Titans are back in this game. It looks like Locker wasn't in there for mop up work; he was in there to give them a chance to win. He completes a pass to Nate Washington for his fourth TD of the season. They now trail by a touchdown with just under four minutes in the fourth quarter.
Is Tennessee waving the white flag by putting Jake Locker in? Or do they think he gives them a better chance of winning? Either way, it's an interesting move by the Titans late in the game.
Colts running the ground 'n pound? Yes, that's life without Peyton Manning.
Seriously. Pat Angerer. Give him some national recognition. You've probably never heard of him if you have never watched a Colts game, but he is GOOD. He's everything you want in a linebacker: athletic, aggressive, and attentive.
This time, Angerer faded back into the end zone and intercepted Hasselbeck. Just making a great day that much better.
The referees did come to their senses and did rule CJ down. Whew, that was close.
It's not entirely clear whether Antoine Bethea got a hand on Chris Johnson on that scoring play. It would be a tough break for the Colts if they rule this a touchdown because from all the players' angles, it certainly looked like Bethea had tackled him to the ground. Replays may show otherwise.
Pat Angerer is easily the most underrated player in the NFL. If he played for the Ravens or Patriots or Bears, he would be a star.
Could things go any better for the Colts today?
Seriously. Almost everything has gone the team's way today, just like that fumble recovery. Where has this luck been all season?
Regardless, it's nice just to have something to cheer about today. That's something Colts fans haven't been able to say almost all season.
Colts come up short on third down, but Adam Vinatieri still makes the drive worthwhile for the Colts, tacking on a field goal to give the Colts a 20-6 lead.
I can't remember the last time this team had this much positive energy going for it. Great to see the Colts finish the season with some pride, and maybe, just maybe, a win. It's still too early to talk about that though.
Where did this version of Donald Brown come from? He has put together a string of solid runs as the Colts offense begins to threaten again as the third quarter closes out.
Brown deserves it. No one was criticized more, going back to August, than him. Many even called for him to be cut from the team altogether. It's good to see him running the ball well.
Jacob Lacey adds on to his stellar day, adding on another open-field tackle on third down to force the Titans to punt. The Colts defense has once again managed to stop the Titans.
And just like that, the Colts' momentum is taken away from the ball being placed on the one-inch line after the Titans pick up the first down.
The Colts' defense has played great all day. That was its best play of the day.
Jacob Lacey stole the ball out of the air from Chris Johnson and took it to the house to give the Colts a pick-six and an 11 point lead in the third quarter.
It's tough to remember the last time the Colts had a lead this big.
There is no better way to respond from a touchdown than to force Tennessee into back-to-back negative plays. Great response from the defense.
I told you, the amazing air-show featuring Dan Orlovsky!
Ok, so perhaps that was a bit sarcastic.
But this time, the Colts really did have an amazing air-show, as Orlovsky hit Reggie Wayne on a deep pass play in the end zone. Wayne got both feet in bounds and the Colts take a 10-6 lead.
Maybe Caldwell realized that screen plays just weren't going to cut it anymore during halftime.
Here comes the amazing air-show featuring Dan Orlovsky. Back-to-back passing completions for the Colts, albeit only five or six yard plays.
All I want for Christmas is a punt play without a penalty.
Just once, JUST ONCE, can there be a punt play without a penalty?
We haven't seen the Colts defense play this well in a long time. Great way to start the second half with a play for negative yards, then an incompletion.
The defense kept the Colts in the game in the first half, it looks like that will be the same story in the second half.
At last, the Colts are finally in the position they have been most comfortable in this season. They now trail the Titans 6-3 in a battle of ugly offense.
And all of a sudden, it appears as if someone woke Matt Hasselbeck up from his nap at the retirement home. The Titans are driving due in large part to two great pass plays orchestrated by the veteran QB.
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