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RECAP: Colts Beat Titans 34-26

This one stings.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

After a rocky start that saw the Indianapolis Colts jump out to a 17-6 lead, DeMarco Murray and Marcus Mariota came to life. They engineered a touchdown to cut the lead to 17-13 before halftime, putting the team in position to go win it in the second half.

The defense held the Colts early in the second half, surrendering only a field goal in the third quarter. The Titans answered with a touchdown after a long drive engineered by Marcus Mariota. Marcus hit Delanie Walker in the middle of the endzone to tied the game up at 20.

After a quick possession from the Colts, Mariota hit a big pass over the middle to Delanie Walker. This put the Titans in striking distance, but the drive stalled. Succop was able to drill a 48 yard field goal to take the lead, however. The Titans lead 23-20 with seven minutes to play.

But Andrew Luck struck right back. He marched right down the field and threw a touchdown to T.Y. Hilton, but it was called back due to an illegal shift. On 3rd and 13, Luck converted to Devin Street. Massive, massive play.

A ten yard rush from Gore put the Colts on the two with two minutes to play. The Titans held on the first two downs and forced a false start on the third, but it didn't matter.

Jack Doyle hauled in the touchdown in the middle of the endzone over Avery Williamson. Marcus Mariota would get the ball with a timeout and 1:55 to play down four points.

Mariota got his chance, but pressure up the middle got to him. The Colts forced Mariota to fumble and picked it up and scored.


It was a microcosm of the Titans-Colts series. The Titans find ways to lose against the Colts. I don't know why, but it's incredibly frustrating. Tennessee had every chance to win this game, but couldn't come through when it counted.

The Titans now sit at 3-4 and have dropped their first two divisional games. This isn't the end of the season, but it certainly takes the wind out of their sails. Thursday's game against Jacksonville is huge. If you drop that one, you can throw in the towel on the rest of the year. They have a shot to get back to 4-4, but they've got to find a way to get over this one first.