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Colts/Titans Notebook: Clayton Geathers Makes Game-Winning Fourth-Down Stop

Intro: In the Colts/Titans Week 11 Notebook, we take a look at the fourth-down stop by Clayton Geathers, the historic streak of Adam Vinatieri ending and why this Monday night is pretty important to the Colts.


INDIANAPOLIS – After a 21-0 start for the Colts on Sunday, any late game drama seemed to be on hold for a rare week.

Think again.

The Colts had that drama, but made the necessary plays late to record their first back-to-back wins of 2016.

Here's a notebook look at the Colts (5-5) beating the Titans 21-17 on Sunday afternoon:

**Colts Get 4th-And-1 Stop Thanks To Clayton Geathers

**The first tip Mike Adams got was when Titans' leading receiver Delanie Walker was on the sideline.

Staring at a 4th-and-1 with 2:45 remaining, the Titans had to go for it with the score 24-17 in the Colts' favor.

What was coming?

One of the NFL's top rushing teams was handing it off.

Adams knew this once he saw Walker outside the white lines.

"If (Walker) was in the game, we probably would have thought pass," Adams said after the 24-17 victory. "But he wasn't in the game so it was definitely run."

A play still had to be made.

And Adams' fellow safety, Clayton Geathers, was ready to make it.

It was Geathers stoning DeMarco Murray short of the first-down marker for the final play the defense had to make on Sunday afternoon.

The stuff from Geathers was yet another example of why the Colts think so highly of their second-year safety/hybrid linebacker.

"(Geathers) was always a big hitter, always smart and he can cover so he's a good player all around," Adams says.

"His developmental skills are a big help."

The 2006 Super Bowl team reunited at the week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans.

Adam Vinatieri's Historic Streak Ends

**When the kick left his right foot, you had to look around Lucas Oil Stadium to see if pigs were flying.

Did Adam Vinatieri really just miss a field goal?

Vinatieri proved that even sometimes he is human, with a 42-yard missed field goal late in the second quarter.

"Pushed it right," Vinny said of his first miss since Week Two of 2015.

"Knew it right away, didn't hit it well."

The rare miss from Vinny was his first in 44 straight field goal attempts. Vinny set the NFL-record for consecutive makes back in Week Seven.

Sunday's game wouldn't end without Vinny getting the chance to start another streak.

The 49-yard connection from Vinny in the fourth quarter was a big one. It pushed the lead back up to seven points, and was the final score on the night.

"The one at the end gave us a seven-point lead again," Vinny said after the win, "and that was a big one because we needed to get that momentum back."**

Colts With Eye On Monday Night Football

**About a month ago, Colts fans needed to break out some Patriots gear with the Texans playing them in primetime.

Well, if they have any Raiders get-up in their closet, that can be brought out, too.

The Texans (6-3) and Raiders (7-2) will meet on Monday Night Football in Mexico City.

With Sunday's win, and if things fall their way on Monday, the Colts (5-5) would be just a game back of the Texans going into Week 12.

Tennessee's loss dropped the Titans to 5-6 on the year.

The Colts will host the Texans in Week 14 (Dec. 11), in a contest that will likely dictate just how realistic the playoff chances are for Indy this season.

Next up for the Colts is a Thursday night matchup this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5).

"We are going to enjoy this for a couple of hours and get right back to Pittsburgh," D'Qwell Jackson said after the win over Tennessee, "because we all know the last few times we've faced Pittsburgh, it's been embarrassing to say the least."**

Colts/Titans Snap Counts**

  • Donte Moncrief led the receivers with 56 snaps. T.Y. Hilton (52-of-60), Jacoby Brissett (34-of-60) and Chester Rogers (1-of-60) rounded out that group.
  • The Colts used more two tight end looks on Sunday with Dwayne Allen (49-of-60) and Jack Doyle (39-of-60) leading that group. Mo Alie-Cox played 8 snaps.
  • The running back snaps were as followed: Frank Gore (44-of-60), Robert Turbin (14-of-60) and Jordan Todman (1-of-60) saw some rare offensive action.
  • The Colts had their healthiest offensive line of the season on Sunday. The starters were LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Jack Mewhort, C-Ryan Kelly, RG-Denzelle Good, RT-Joe Haeg.
  • Defensively, Clayton Geathers, Mike Adams, D'Qwell Jackson and Vontae Davis played all 71 snaps.
  • Reserve cornerback Rashaan Melvin (69 snaps) got the start for the injured Patrick Robinson. Melvin led the Colts with 11 tackles on Sunday.
  • It looks like the starting job next to D'Qwell Jackson has gone to Edwin Jackson (49-of-71 snaps).
  • With Kendall Langford on injured reserve, the defensive line snaps went to: David Parry (48-of-71), Arthur Jones (44-of-71), Hassan Ridgeway (30-of-71), Henry Anderson (19-of-71), T.Y. McGill (17-of-71) and Zach Kerr (10-of-71).
  • Sunday saw the Colts in more base defense with the nickel (Darius Butler played 44 snaps) and dime (T.J. Green played 20 snaps) used with a lot less frequency.




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