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Colts Beat Titans, Extend AFC South Streak

The Colts captured their ninth consecutive divisional victory in the AFC South on Sunday, toppling the visiting Tennessee Titans, 41-17. With quarterback Andrew Luck enjoying a four-TD, 393-yard passing day, Indianapolis evened its season record at 2-2.





INDIANAPOLIS --If there were doubts at halftime about what the final outcome would be, Andrew Luck and the Colts eradicated those with their first three possessions of the second half.

The Colts departed Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday with a 41-17 victory over Tennessee safely in hand.  But an early 17-point lead became only 10 at the half after the Titans intercepted Luck and produced a touchdown three plays later, with 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

If that development bothered the Colts quarterback and his team, they concealed it nicely. Indianapolis scored touchdowns on its first three possessions after halftime to put the game away.

How the Colts scored was especially impressive.

Their three post-halftime scoring drives went 91, 70 and 80 yards. Luck was at his best, completing 12-of-13 passes for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the three marches. For the day, he hit 29-of-41 for 393 yards and four touchdowns.

"He's in a zone right now," Coach Chuck Pagano said about Luck, who passed for 370 yards and four scores in a victory at Jacksonville one week earlier. "Anytime you go out there and play fast and you're not thinking, usually the result is the numbers … that he's producing right now. And he has some great playmakers around him."

Luck echoed Pagano's statement about having numerous playmakers on hand. "I think we're blessed with a bunch," the quarterback said.

Veteran receiver Reggie Wayne caught seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. T.Y. Hilton had six catches for 105 yards.

About Wayne, Luck said: "I think he's a technician. He has mastered the craft of being a wide receiver."

Added Pagano about Wayne: "The guy obviously has a gift. He has instincts. You can't teach that stuff, but he practices that stuff over and over again."

On this day, the Colts' offense, defense and special teams all chipped in. The Indy defense produced three takeaways. The kickoff unit recovered an onside kick after the Colts' first touchdown of the game, and the Indy offense quickly added another TD after an 11-play drive.

Pagano credited special teams coordinator Tom McMahon and kicker Pat McAfee for their expertise on the onside kick, which was recovered by Griff Whalen.

"They had that thing set up," Pagano said. "If we got the look that we wanted, we were going to be aggressive and go after it. When those guys make those plays all week long (in practice), obviously it makes it easy to call from a confidence standpoint as a coach."


FIRST QUARTER (7:06 remaining)

The Colts gained the first big break of the game when Ricky Jean Francois jumped on a fumble by the Titans' Kendall Wright, who lost the ball when he hit the turf untouched. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck then connected with T.Y. Hilton for a 37-yard passing play. Trent Richardson ran in from the 1-yard line for the touchdown. Adam Vinatieri kicked the extra point. Colts 7, Titans 0.

FIRST QUARTER (52 seconds remaining)

Indy's Griff Whalen recovered his team's onside kick after the first TD of the game. Luck and the Colts went right back to work, producing an 11-play, 44-yard touchdown drive that consumed 6 minutes, 14 seconds. The big play was a 17-yard pass completion to Reggie Wayne. Tight end Dwayne Allen caught a seven-yard pass from Luck for the score. Vinatieri added the extra point.  Colts 14, Titans 0.

SECOND QUARTER (10:25 remaining)

The Colts' defense did its part, intercepting a Charlie Whitehurst pass that bounced off the hands of receiver Justin Hunter. Indy safety Mike Adams collected the interception. The Colts took over at their own 27 and marched 60 yards in 10 plays. When the drive stalled, Vinatieri kicked a 31-yard field goal.Colts 17, Titans 0.

SECOND QUARTER (6:24 remaining)

Whitehurst, who got the start because of an injury to starting quarterback Jake Locker, opened the Tennessee drive with completions of 31 yards to Delanie Walker and 20 yards to Nate Washington. But the Colts' defense stiffened and the visitors settled for a 36-yard field goal by Ryan Succop. Colts 17, Titans 3.

SECOND QUARTER (1:53 remaining)

Vinatieri extended the Colts' lead with a 30-yard field goal. Luck completed 4-of-5 passes for 57 yards on the drive. Colts 20, Titans 3.

SECOND QUARTER (13 seconds remaining)

When Tennessee's Wesley Woodyard intercepted a Luck pass, the Titans took over at the Indy 25. Whitehurst connected with Walker for an 18-yard passing gain on the first play. Two plays later, Whitehurst hit Walker again for a seven-yard touchdown. Succop made the extra point. Colts 20, Titans 10.

THIRD QUARTER (8:15 remaining)

Veteran wideout Reggie Wayne rose up and made sure the Colts scored on their first possession of the third quarter. Wayne caught three passes for 66 yards on the 91-yard march as Luck hit 4-of-5. Wayne's reception for the touchdown went for 28 yards. Vinatieri added the extra point. Colts 27, Titans 10.

THIRD QUARTER (4:02 remaining)

With the help of a 33-yard pass interference penalty against the Titans, Indy marched 70 yards in four plays for a touchdown on their second possession after halftime. Luck hit tight end Coby Fleener for a 24-yard reception to set up the score at the 2-yard line. Luck followed that with a two-yard TD pass to Fleener. Vinatieri made the extra pointColts 34, Titans 10.

THIRD QUARTER (35 seconds remaining)

The Titans used an impressive eight-play, 80-yard drive to slice into the Colts' lead. Whitehurst showed a deft passing touch as he led his team downfield. Bishop Sankey completed the march with a two-yard touchdown run. Succop hit the extra point. Colts 34, Titans 17.

FOURTH QUARTER (9:56 remaining)

Luck was a perfect 6-of-6 for 76 passing yards as the Colts scored their third touchdown of the second half in as many offensive possessions. The touchdown went to running back Ahmad  Bradshaw, who grabbed a short pass and went 15 yards down the right side. Vinatieri added the extra point.Colts 41, Titans 17.

Photos from the week 4 contest against the Tennessee Titans.

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