Anatomy Of The Drives: Titans Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the five touchdown drives the Colts had in a 41-17 victory over the Titans on Sunday afternoon.

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Trent Richardson's one-yard touchdown runThe scene: Tied at zero with 7:40 to play in the first quarter, the Colts took over at the Titans 38-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 2 plays for 38 yards in 0:34Key play: The Colts got a tremendous break to set up this short field. Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright lost control of the ball when he hit the turf but credit Colts defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois for hustling down field to pounce on the loose ball. The Colts offense then wasted no time with Andrew Luck taking a shot on a free play. Knowing an offsides penalty was coming, Luck went deep and T.Y. Hilton fought through some contact to make a splendid catch at the one-yard line.The score: You could make the argument that Hilton got into the end zone but with a first-and-goal at the one-yard line, the Colts did not challenge. Instead, they went with their heavy package. The tackle eligible/three-tight end set got great blocks from Dwayne Allen and H-back Jack Doyle to let Trent Richardson score rather easily from a yard out. That was Richardson's first touchdown run since the regular season finale last year.

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Dwayne Allen's seven-yard touchdown catchThe scene:Leading 7-0 with 7:04 to play in the first quarter, the Colts took over at the Titans 44-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:11 plays for 44 yards in 6:14.Key play:An aggressive afternoon for the Colts really began with this onsides kick call. It was something the Colts had been practicing for a few weeks and special teams coach Tom McMahon thought they would see the proper look to run it on Sunday. Credit Pat McAfee for the hang time, Jack Doyle for a path clearing block and finally Griff Whalen for going up to snag the onside kick. Offensively, the key play on the drive came when Andrew Luck wasn't afraid to turn to rookie Donte Moncrief for a 10-yard completion on a third-and-eight.The score:Penalties looked like they were going to spell the end of this Colts touchdown drive. The offense was pushed back to a third-and-goal from the seven-yard line and personnel had to readjust with trips to the right and Dwayne Allen in the slot, with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne to the right of the tight end. It was really a simple seam route and with Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard late to react, Luck wasted no time in delivering a strike to Allen for the tight end's third touchdown catch of the season.
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Reggie Wayne's 28-yard touchdown catchThe scene:Leading 20-10 with 12:19 to play in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own nine-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:9 plays for 91 yards in 4:04.Key play:On the Colts first drive of the third quarter, some momentum was needed following Andrew Luck's late first half interception. In times of need, Luck usually turns to No. 87 and on this drive Reggie Wayne delivered with three catches for 66 yards. Wayne is so good at not letting the ball get near his body and this drive was an indication of just that with all three receptions.The score:The Colts took several shots deep on Sunday and this was once again the case on the Wayne touchdown. Lined up in a trips formation to the left, Wayne was in man coverage with Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Wayne didn't create a ton of separation from Wilson but his ability to not show his hands to indicate when the ball was coming was remarkable. Wilson had no idea Wayne was about to snag the ball out of the air until it was too late and No. 87 was scoring his first touchdown of 2014.**

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Coby Fleener's two-yard touchdown catchThe scene:Leading 27-10 with 6:06 to play in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 30-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:4 plays for 70 yards in 2:04.Key play:The Colts had eight different players catch at least two passes on Sunday and Fleener's two came on this drive. With the Colts facing a first-and-10 at the Titans 26-yard line, Fleener got free release off the line of scrimmage to run a corner route. Fleener made a nice adjustment to the ball and hauled in the 24-yard reception to set up his touchdown.The score:It was another jumbo look for the Colts with tackle eligible Jamon Meredith joining the three tight ends. The slight wrinkle had H-back Jack Doyle motion to a right tight end spot prior to the snap. It was a play-action fake by Luck that worked so well it earned a holding penalty from Quentin Groves on Fleener. Trying to break free from the hold, Fleener eventually got into the flat and Luck found him for the score.**

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Ahmad Bradshaw's 15-yard touchdown catchThe scene:Leading 34-17 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter, the Colts look over at their own 20-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:10 plays for 80 yards in 5:39.Key play:It was another solid afternoon for the Colts tight ends with Dwayne Allen making a couple of down the field receptions. The Colts had an early second-and-10 on the drive and Allen was once again split out as a receiver. He ran a similar corner route to what we saw from Fleener on the previous scoring drive and Luck had plenty of time to find No. 83 for the 17-yard touchdown.The score:** Ahmad Bradshaw missed a bulk of the second half on Sunday but the touchdown machine was back on the field for this third-and-four. The Colts ran a similar fake they've run a lot in short yardage this year with Bradshaw running into the right flat. Bradshaw broke a tackle from Wesley Woodyard and received a terrific down field block from rookie Donte Moncrief. On the season, Bradshaw now has four receiving touchdowns.

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