Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 17 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 28, 2014
There wasn’t a whole lot to play for in the Colts-Titans regular-season finale in Week 17, but there was a lot of pride on the line. Indianapolis came into LP Field looking to sweep the AFC South for a second straight year and needed some momentum after getting embarrassed last week. The Titans wanted to finish strong after losing to the Jaguars in Week 16. That said, the outcome of this game didn’t matter a whole lot when it came to playoff seeding.
Let’s check out some of the key players and stats from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll check out what’s coming in the playoffs.
What Happened: Indianapolis was in control here for most of the game. Things got going near the end of the first quarter, when Coby Fleener scored on a 7-yard Andrew Luck TD pass for a 7-0 lead after one.
In the second, Indy kept it going when Jack Doyle hauled in a 1-yard TD pass from Luck. Tennessee was able to respond on a 6-yard Kendall Wright TD pass from Charlie Whitehurst, but the Colts got the final score of the half on a 23-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal for a 17-7 lead.
After the break, Ryan Succop posted the only scoring of the third on a 31-yard field goal to make it 17-10. Vinatieri connected on a 26-yarder early in the fourth, and Fleener posted his second TD of the day on an 8-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck.
That score would hold up, as the Colts finished strong on a 27-10 victory on the road.
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The Stars: Luck and Hasselbeck combined for a very nice showing here, logging 314 pass yards and three touchdowns between them. The line held strong all afternoon long, giving up just one sack for one lost yard. Reggie Wayne was the big contributor on the receiving end with two grabs for 91 yards. Luck now holds the Colts record for pass yardage in a season.
On the other side, Shonn Greene put up 94 yards on 11 carries but couldn’t get into the end zone.
The Goats: The Titans offense couldn’t get much going, putting up just nine first downs to the Colts’ 16. They were only 4-of-16 on third downs and lost the time of possession battle 26:34 to 33:26.
Whitehurst threw for just 72 yards and was sacked four times for 29 lost yards.
Injuries: The Colts have a few notable injury situations heading into the playoffs, most notably Reggie Wayne. He left with a groin injury. A.Q. Shipley is also dealing with an injury issue; we’ll have to watch these guys in practice this week.
Outlook: For the Titans, the season comes to a disappointing end. They’ll look forward to the draft and a top pick to utilize in their rebuilding efforts. The Colts, meanwhile, will be starting their playoff run this coming weekend. They’ll be scoreboard-watching to see how things will play out. Indy gets the loser of the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game tonight.
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