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Anatomy of the Drives: Titans (Road) Edition

Posted Nov 16, 2013

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For this week, here’s a look at the three offensive touchdown drive from the 30-27 road victory over the Tennessee Titans.



Donald Brown’s 6-yard touchdown run

The scene:
Down 17-6, the Colts took over at their own 26-yard line following the opening kickoff of the third quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
11 plays, for 74 yards in 6:27.

Key play:
Converting third-downs has been a problem for the Colts in the past few weeks but on this drive it was a pair of conversions in Titans territory that were vital in the first touchdown drive of the night. There was T.Y. Hilton on a seven-yard conversion (on a third-and-two) and then Griff Whalen on a six-yard reception (on a third-and-five) that allowed for the 11-play drive to continue.

The score:
Put simply, the Colts had terrific blocking on Brown’s touchdown drive. On the snap, Stanley Havili (in motion) and LaVon Brazill were lined up out wide to the left side of the line of scrimmage (short side of the field). Thanks to blocks by Havili and Brazill to seal the middle of the field and pulling blocks by Anthony Castono and Samson Satele, Brown had clear vision in giving the Colts their first touchdown of the evening.

Andrew Luck’s 11-yard touchdown run

The scene:
Down 17-13, the Colts took over at the Titans 20-yard line with 8:27 left in the third quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
2 plays, for 20 yards in 0:51.

Key play:
The Colts caught a major break on the kickoff following Brown’s six-yard touchdown run. However, credit new running back Daniel “Boom” Herron for not giving up on the play. Titans kick returner Devon Wylie ran into one of his blockers and the ball popped out. Herron pounced on the loose ball and gave the Colts the ball at the Titans 20-yard line.

The score:
It was Luck’s improvisation that led to his ninth rushing touchdown of his NFL career. On the snap, Luck faked a quick pass to Griff Whalen but right defensive end Derrick Morgan jumped up to pat down a potential pass attempt. Seeing Morgan in the air, Luck tucked the ball and ran towards the goal line. Luck avoided safety Michael Griffin for the 11-yard touchdown run and to give the Colts a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the evening.

Donald Brown’s 11-yard touchdown run

The scene:
Leading 23-20, the Colts took over at their own 26-yard line with 7:41 to go in the fourth quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
11 plays, for 74 yards in 4:40.

Key play:
This segment turns into “key plays” thanks to what Brown did to start off the drive. Just like he did last year in Nashville during the game-winning touchdown drive, Brown carved up the Titans late in the game. Brown had carries of six, 17 and eight yards to start off the final touchdown drive which pushed the Colts into Titans territory and forced Tennessee to burn its final two timeouts before the lead grew to 10 points.

The score:
It was some more outstanding blocking by a variety of Colts offensive players on Brown’s 11-yard touchdown run. The Colts lined up in an offset I-formation with tackle eligible Jeff Linkenbach and tight end Jack Doyle on the right side of the line of scrimmage. On the snap, the Colts ran a counter with Stanley Havili and Hugh Thornton pulling to the right of a Linkenbach and Doyle double team. The double team and a seal off block by right guard Mike McGlynn created the massive hole for Brown’s first ever two-touchdown game in his NFL career.

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