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Anatomy Of The Drives: Titans Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the three touchdown drives the Colts had in their 27-10 victory over the Titans on Sunday.






Coby Fleener's seven-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene: Tied at zero with 5:54 to play in the first quarter, the Colts took over at the Titans 44-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 6 plays for 44 yards in 3:00Key play: Boom Herron was once again the starting running back on Sunday and continued to make an impact in a multitude of ways. On this drive, the Colts faced a third-and-11 and threw a screen pass in the direction of Herron. A play that might have been called to get into better field goal range, instead went for 26 yards thanks to the playmaking ability of Herron after the catch.The score: After two carries for 10 yards from Herron, the Colts faced a first-and-goal at the seven-yard line. Pep Hamilton dialed up a nice misdirection play-action pass with Coby Fleener sneaking through the Titans defense wide open. It's been a really solid season for the Colts third-year tight end with over 50 catches and 700 receiving yards.


Jack Doyle's one-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Leading 7-0 with 10:44 to play in the second quarter, the Colts took over at the Colts 44-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:3 plays for 80 yards in 1:50.Key play:The Colts second touchdown of the afternoon came thanks to a record-breaker from Reggie Wayne. The 36-year old receiver made an impressive sideline grab before taking off down the sidelines for a career-long, 80-yard reception, down to the Titans one-yard line. The completion for Andrew Luck also broke the Colts franchise record for passing yards in a season (4,761).The score:No time was wasted from there with the Colts taking advantage of Wayne's 80-yard catch. A play-action call from the Colts sprung Jack Doyle into the flat for his second career touchdown. The play was very similar to Doyle's first career touchdown, back in Week Two against the Eagles. The Colts tight ends had an incredible 18 touchdown receptions on the season and this one was particularly sweet for Doyle, a player who was with the Titans during the 2013 offseason program.

Coby Fleener's eight-yard touchdown catch from Matt HasselbeckThe scene:Leading 20-10 with 6:27 to play in the fourth quarter, the Colts took over at the Titans 33-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:7 plays for 33 yards in 3:11.Key play:This drive was set up via a short field thanks to a stop on fourth-and-three from rookie Jonathan Newsome. Going into the postseason, it's Newsome who is the Colts leader in sacks with 6.5 on the season. Newsome added two more on Sunday afternoon and it's pretty remarkable the Colts found a pass rusher of his caliber in the fifth round of the 2014 draft.The score:** The second half provided plenty of opportunities for Matt Hasselbeck under center. On this scoring drive, Hasselbeck looked to tight end Coby Fleener split out wide. On a third-and-seven from the Titans eight-yard line, Fleener is split out wide and takes full advantage of his size opposite a much smaller defensive back. The touchdown catch came via a nice in-air adjustment by Fleener and gave the third-year tight end a team-leading eight touchdowns on the season.

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