Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 12/1/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Indianapolis Colts 22, Tennessee Titans 14
December 1, 2013
The Week 13 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans will most certainly have a heavy impact on this year’s playoff seeding. Despite their struggles over the past few weeks, the Colts had to be confident coming into this one, as they’d owned the Titans in their most recent handful of matchups. Games between these two teams always seem to be competitive, however, so literally anything could have happened.
Let’s take a closer look at the statistical trends and key players involved in this one so that we can figure out exactly why things played out the way they did. We’ll also glance forward to Week 14 so we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Neither team was able to do a whole lot on offense during a hard-hitting first half. The Colts were able to get on the board first, thanks to a pair of Adam Vinatieri field goals that put them up 6-0. In the second quarter, the Titans put together a nice drive and took a brief lead on a 1-yard TD run by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Another Vinatieri field goal would put the Colts back on top, and it looked like we’d go to halftime with a 9-7 score. However, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Indianapolis’ final offensive play put them into field goal range and Vinatieri connected again. The Colts went into the locker room with a 12-7 advantage.
Early in the second half, it looked like the Titans had turned things in their favor. After a lengthy drive to start the third, they punched it in with a 1-yard Chris Johnson TD catch to retake the lead. The Colts would respond with another field goal later in the quarter, but would completely stall out on offense otherwise.
Indianapolis was finally able to put together a nice drive in the fourth quarter, thanks to a couple of wily runs from QB Andrew Luck. They would ultimately score on a 4-yard Donald Brown run to make the score 22-14. After sealing the game with an interception, that’s the way it would stay.
The win runs Indianapolis to 8-4 and puts them firmly in control of the division. Meanwhile, the Titans drop to 5-7 and see their playoff hopes slipping away.
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The Stars: Adam Vinatieri can take a bow after this one. He saved the Colts’ day, going a perfect 5-of-5 on kicks and helping the team come away with points when the offense stalled.
Luck didn’t have the greatest game--he was 17-of-32 for 200 yards and a pick--but was on point when he needed to be, and his 42 rushing yards certainly helped matters.
Cassius Vaughn stood out on defense with two interceptions and two tackles.
On the other side, Nate Washington stepped up with a nice receiving day. He had five catches for 82 yards.
The Goats: Fitzpatrick showed some veteran poise at times today, but ultimately was the cause of four turnovers. The bright side here is that he looks more comfortable every week.
The Colts’ shaky line play continued, resulting in four sacks and a lack of push in the running game. Donald Brown and Trent Richardson accounted for just 73 yards on 19 carries.
Injuries: The Colts appear to be relatively healthy after this one, but the Titans got a double dose of injury concern today, with RB Collin Mooney (thigh) and key TE Delanie Walker (concussion) leaving the game.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 14, both teams have difficult road matchups ahead. The Colts will be heading to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals (Sunday, December 8, 1:00 PM ET on CBS), while the Titans will travel up to Denver to visit Peyton Manning and the Broncos (Sunday, December 8, 4:05 PM ET on CBS).
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