Colts Close Out 2014 With Convincing Win Over Titans

Intro: The Colts (11-5) wrapped up the 2014 regular season with a convincing, 27-10, victory in Tennessee (2-14). Here’s a rundown of the Colts winning their 13th straight AFC South game.

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INDIANAPOLISFirst Quarter Recap

The Titans won the toss and chose to receive.

After a 10-day break from game action, the Titans offense got things started with an initial first down on the opening series of the game before having to punt.

The Colts first time touching the ball on Sunday saw a pair of first downs picked up. Pressure on a third-and-five pass though forced a Pat McAfee punt. McAfee's punt was pinned inside the 20-yard line, giving him a franchise record of 28 such punts this season.

Indianapolis would create some pressure of its own on the next Titans series. A third-down combo sack from Cory Redding and Josh McNary led to a Titans three-and-out.

With great field position to start their second offensive drive, the Colts took full advantage. Behind continued production from Boom Herron, the Colts would score their second opening quarter touchdown since Week Six. A misdirection play led to a wide open Coby Fleener for the seven-yard touchdown. The Colts took a 7-0 lead at the 2:54 mark of the opening quarter.

The Titans would settle for another three-and-out on their next offensive possession.

At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led 7-0.Second Quarter Recap

The Colts offense stalled on its next offensive possession but flipped field position in a major way thanks to Sergio Brown downing a Pat McAfee punt at the Titans one-yard line.

Tennessee could muster just one first down before they had to punt the ball back to the Colts.

Reggie Wayne showed that he still has a little more than something left in the tank on the next drive. Wayne made a splendid grab near the sideline and then chugged down the sideline for a career-long 80-yard reception. The big gain setup a one-yard touchdown toss to former Titans tight end Jack Doyle. The score gave the Colts a 14-0 lead at the 8:54 mark of the second quarter.

A 52-yard kick return from veteran Leon Washington gave Tennessee some life down two scores. On a third-and-goal from the six-yard line, Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst would find wide receiver Kendall Wright for a touchdown. The Colts lead was now 14-7 with 5:11 left until halftime.

The Colts would then receive a big return of their own. Josh Cribbs' 77-yard kick return gave the Colts their longest run back since the end of the 2012 season. A completion to Coby Fleener set the Colts with a goal-to-go situation but could not convert. Adam Vinatieri knocked home his 35th straight field goal, this one coming from 23 yards out. The Colts lead was now 17-7 nearing halftime.

Outside of one series that came via a short field, the Colts defense continued to play well. Another three-and-out from the Titans offense gave Indianapolis a final two-minute drive chance before halftime.

A trio of runs from the Colts dwindled the first half clock.

At halftime, the Colts led the Titans 17-7.Third Quarter Recap

The Colts started the second half with the ball and that meant the end of the day for Andrew Luck. The final regular season action for Luck saw him go 10-of-16 for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Hasselbeck took the reigns on the opening drive of the second half. The Colts would punt on their first series of the third quarter.

Tennessee's struggles offensively carried into the third quarter with a three-and-out on the first offensive possession.

On the Colts next offensive drive, they reached Titans territory before Adam Vinatieri came on for a 46-yard field goal try. The kick went just wide left though and Vinatieri's streak of 35 straight made field goals came to a close (the fourth longest in NFL history).

Following the missed field goal, the Titans offense finally got things going. Shonn Greene ripped off a 52-yard run to take the Titans inside the Colts five-yard line. The Indianapolis defense hung tough though and held the Titans to a field goal. The Colts lead was now 17-10 with 4:01 left in the third quarter.

When the third quarter came to a close, the Colts were marching deep in Titans territory.

At the end of the third quarter, the Colts led the Titans 17-10.Fourth Quarter Recap

Adam Vinatieri started a new streak with a 26-yard field goal to push the Colts lead back up to 20-10.

With the Colts defensive starters still in the game, the unit made the most of some final regular season action. Vontae Davis stripped Titans running back Bishop Sankey and recovered his own forced fumble.

The Colts offense couldn't turn that into points though and was stopped on a fourth-and-one run attempt.

Tennessee had hopes for one last-ditch comeback but the Colts defense wasn't having any of it. Jonathan Newsome dialed up his second sack of the day on a fourth-down play to give the rookie a team-leading 6.5 sacks in 2014.

In what was a solid half of football for Matt Hasselbeck, he capped it off with a late touchdown. Coby Fleener made a great adjustment to the ball for an eight-yard touchdown to give the Colts a 27-10 lead with 3:16 left in the game.

The Colts would hold on from there and finish the season with an 11-5 record for the third straight year.

Colts Inactives

40-Sheldon Price

50-Jerrell Freeman

76-Joe Reitz

78-Gosder Cherilus

83-Dwayne Allen

92-Bjoern Werner

94-Zach Kerr

Colts Pre-Game Notes

-With a win today, the Colts will have achieved their third straight season of at least 11 wins.Weather Update

-Temperatures at LP Field are in the mid 50s with a chance of rain this afternoon.

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