NFL Game Summary - Tennessee at Indianapolis|
(Sunday, December 18th)
Final Score: Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 13
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Donald Brown ran for 161 yards, including
an 80-yard score to put the game away late in the fourth quarter, as the
Indianapolis Colts earned their first win of the season with a 27-13 triumph
over the Tennessee Titans.
Reggie Wayne caught three balls for 33 yards and a score for Indianapolis
(1-13), which won its first game without Peyton Manning under center since
December 14, 1997 when Jim Harbaugh led the Colts to a 41-0 win over the Miami
Dan Orlovsky threw for 82 yards and a score on 11-of-17 passing, and middle
linebacker Pat Angerer had an interception and a forced fumble.
"Obviously the guys were pretty excited about a really good performance. The
defense did a nice job of running around and hitting. They made them work for
everything that they got," Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said. "They hung in
there long enough where the offense could at least get something going at some
point. And finally (the offense) got a few things going."
Chris Johnson ran for 55 yards and caught eight passes for 54 yards for the
Titans (7-7), who have dropped two games in a row.
Matt Hasselbeck tried to gut it out with a bum ankle and threw for 223 yards
with two interceptions. Jake Locker came on in the fourth quarter and threw
for 108 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-16 passing.
It was an ugly first half as each team recorded just four first downs, and 106
yards of total offense. Tennessee led 6-3 at the half.
"We didn't play well in the first half at all on offense. And we still had the
lead, thank God the defense was playing so well early in the game in the first
half. And when you do this on the road against a division team or an NFL team,
this is what happens," Titans head coach Mike Munchak said.
The Titans went three-and-out on their opening second half possession, and the
Colts got prime field possession at the Titans' 43-yard line after a Brett
Kern punt and a Tommie Campbell unsportsmanlike penalty.
The Colts took advantage of the field position and took a 10-6 lead when
Orlovsky found Wayne in the back-left corner of the end zone for an 18-yard
Indianapolis took a 17-6 lead midway through the third when Jacob Lacey
picked off Hasselbeck on Tennessee's ensuing drive and returned it 32 yards
for the score. It was the first interception of the season by a Colts
After another Titans punt, the Colts regained possession at their own 20-yard
line. Brown broke off a 39-yard run to start the drive, leading to an Adam
Vinatieri 40-yard field goal to make it a 20-6 game early in the fourth
Jared Cook caught a 27-yard pass over the middle on Tennessee's ensuing
series, but Angerer stripped him and Chris Rucker pounced on the loose
ball at Indianapolis' 34-yard line. But the Titans defense forced a three-and-
out and Tennessee got the ball back at its own 25-yard line.
The Titans, however, turned the ball over again as Angerer picked off
Hasselbeck's pass in the end zone.
Locker took over for the Titans on their ensuing series. Johnson scampered 35
yards and Nate Washington hauled in a seven-yard score on the next play to
make it 20-13 with 3:43 left.
But Brown broke free down the left sideline for an 80-yard score on the first
play of the Colts' ensuing series to seal the win.
Vinatieri drilled a 47-yard field goal as time expired in the first quarter to
give the Colts a 3-0 advantage, their first lead in nine games. Vinatieri's
kick also snapped an eight-game, first-quarter scoreless drought.
After a Pat McAfee punt, the Titans took over at their own 47. Johnson put
Tennessee in field goal range on a broken play. Under duress, Hasselbeck
shoveled a pass to Johnson, and he scampered 19 yards down the right sideline.
Rob Bironas nailed a 53-yard field goal to tie the score with 5:32 left in the
Hasselbeck lofted a pretty pass to Lavelle Hawkins for a 22-yard gain down the
left sideline to the six. But the drive stalled and Bironas split the uprights
from 21 yards out to give the Titans a 6-3 lead with 21 seconds left in the
Orlovsky earned his first win as a starter...Cook caught nine balls for 103
yards, and Hawkins had eight receptions for 88 yards...The Titans were unable
to sweep the season series for the first time since 2002...Brown has rushing
scores in three of his last four games.
12/18 20:10:32 ET