Colts Rout Titans In 41-17 Home Victory

Intro: The Colts closed out the first quarter of the season with an impressive offensive performance in a 41-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. Here’s a rundown of the Colts finishing September at 2-2 with their first home victory of 2014.

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INDIANAPOLIS --First Quarter Recap

The Colts won the toss and elected to receive.

Early penalties got the Colts behind schedule on their opening drive and eventually led to a punt. A pair of holding penalties would catch up to the Colts and take them out of field goal position. Andrew Luck did continue to spread the ball around with completions to four different receivers on the first drive of the game.

The Colts caught a break on the Titans' first offensive possession with receiver Kendall Wright fumbling and Ricky Jean Francois falling on the loose ball. The turnover gave the Colts the ball at their the Titans 38-yard line with 7:40 to go in the first quarter.

Indianapolis would take advantage with another touchdown drive. Penatlies inside the 10-yard line wouldn't hinder the offense this time around. On a third-and-goal form the seven yard line, Dwayne Allen hauled in a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to make the score 14-0 with 52 seconds left in the first quarter.

At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led 14-0.Second Quarter Recap

The Colts took advantage of another Titans' miscue when safety Mike Adams caught a tipped ball off the hands of Titans receiver Justin Hunter. The interception gave the Colts the ball at their own 27-yard line.

Indianapolis would capitalize again with a scoring drive. Thanks to a spectacular third-down snag by Reggie Wayne, the Colts would get a 31-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri. After the field goal, the Colts led 17-0 with 10:25 to play in the second quarter.

Tennessee would get on the board midway through the second with a six-play, 51-yard drive that ended with Ryan Succop knocking home a 36-yard field goal. The Titans field goal cut the Colts lead to 17-3 with 6:24 left in the second quarter.

The Colts would add their final points of the half on the ensuing drive with Adam Vinateiri knocking home a 30-yard field goal. It was the 14th straight made field goal for Vinatieri and pushed the Indianapolis lead to 20-3 with 1:53 to go in the half.

It looked like the Colts would get another chance to pad their first half cushion but Andrew Luck threw a wobbly interception into the arms of Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard. The Titans cut the halftime lead to 10, with tight end Delanie Walker bringing in a seven-yard touchdown following the pick.

At halftime, the Colts led the Titans 20-10.Third Quarter Recap

Thanks to a penalty on Bjoern Werner, the Titans offense pushed into Indianapolis territory on the opening drive of the second half. However, the drive would stall just across midfield and Tennessee had to punt.

The Colts turned momentum back to the home sideline with a nine-play, 91-yard drive. Reggie Wayne scored his first touchdown of the year on a 28-yard reception from Andrew Luck. The score gave Wayne 106 receiving yards on the day, his first 100-yard game in nearly a year. The Colts now led 27-10 with 8:15 to go in the third quarter.

Behind some more stout work by veterans Cory Redding and D'Qwell Jackson, the Colts offense would get the ball back after a Titans punt.

It was a rapid drive for the Colts, moving 70 yards in just over two minutes with Coby Fleener becoming the ninth player to catch a pass from Luck on the day. Fleener's two-yard touchdown gave Indianapolis a 34-10 lead. With the touchdown toss, Luck passed Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes in franchise history after four weeks (12).

The Titans would orchestrate their best drive of the day with an eight-play, 80-yard touchdown effort. The series ended with rookie Bishop Sankey scoring from two yards out.

At the end of the third quarter, the Colts led the Titans 34-17.Fourth Quarter Recap

The Colts offense continued to put on a show to start the fourth quarter. A 10-play, 80-yard drive ended with Ahmad Bradshaw scoring on a 15-yard catch. It was Bradshaw's fourth touchdown catch of the season and Luck's fourth on the afternoon. The scored gave the Colts a 41-17 lead with 9:56 left in the fourth quarter. Luck's 12 touchdown passes on the season are the most for a Colts quarterback through the first four games of a season.

The teams would trade punts on their next two possession with the game all but decided.

With subs in both sides of the ball, the scoring was done for the rest of the afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The final score had the Colts beating the Titans 41-17.Colts Inactives

16-Da'Rick Rogers

32-Colt Anderson

50-Jerrell Freeman

58-Andy Studebaker

62-Khaled Holmes

69-Hugh Thornton

97-Arthur JonesColts Pre-Game Notes

-Lance Louis will start at right guard for Hugh Thornton. Louis last started an NFL game back in 2012 with the Bears.

-The Colts have won eight straight games against the AFC South. That's four more than any other NFL team currently has over another divisional opponent.

Weather Update

-With another perfect day in the state capitol, the roof will be open this afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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