Anatomy of the Drives: Titans Edition

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Each week will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For this week, here’s a look at the one offensive touchdown drive in the Colts 22-14 over the Titans.

Donald Brown’s 4-yard touchdown catch

The scene: Up 15-14, the Colts took over at their own eight-yard line with 8:08 to go in the fourth quarter

The anatomy of the drive:
11 plays, for 92 yards in 6:12.

Key play:
In trying to eat up as much clock as possible, the Colts faced a third-and-two at the Indianapolis 43-yard line with 4:51 remaining. With Joe Reitz in the game as a tackle eligible, the Colts were in a running formation with Donald Brown and Stanley Havili lined up behind Andrew Luck. On the snap, Luck gave a subtle fake to Brown (with Jeff Linkenbach pulling left from his right guard spot) and rolled out to his right with Havili in the flat. Instead of risking a pass, Luck kept the ball, did a tremendous job to stay in bounds and rumbled 24 yards down the Titans sideline. It was yet another display of Luck’s playmaking ability with his feet that has kept numerous Colts drives alive in 2013.

The score:
Thanks to some big runs by Brown and an eight-yard reception by Coby Fleener, the Colts set up shop at the four-yard line facing a second-and-goal with 2:00 remaining. With eligible linemen Reitz, Mario Harvey and Mike McGlynn in the game, it was clear the Colts were going to pound the rock. The Titans couldn’t stop it though with rookie Hugh Thornton paving the way for Brown to score from four yards out.

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