Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 11/14/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Indianapolis Colts 30, Tennessee Titans 27
November 14, 2013
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 11 festivities on “Thursday Night Football” were the Colts and the Titans, two divisional rivals who always seem to produce a good game. Both teams were in need of a victory, as each was coming off a rather embarrassing loss in Week 10: the Colts were blown out by the Rams and the Titans were defeated by the previously winless Jaguars. Only one team could get their ship righted in this one, though.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and trends from the game so that we can figure out why things happened the way they did. We’ll also glance forward to Week 12 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Early on, it looked like the Titans had this one firmly in hand. Tennessee marched straight down the field on two big first-quarter drives, resulting in a pair of Chris Johnson TD runs. Indianapolis finally got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a pair of Adam Vinatieri field goals. The Titans would add one of their own as well to make it 17-6 heading into halftime.
The Colts finally started coming alive after the break. They would post a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter--one on a Donald Brown run and another on an Andrew Luck run--and add another field goal to take the lead 23-17 after three. Brown would post another TD in the fourth for a 20-30 lead. Tennessee mustered a late rally, scoring on a 19-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker, but couldn’t recover the onside kick to try and force overtime. Indianapolis took the game 30-27.
That brings the Colts to 7-3 on the season, while the Titans fall to 4-6.
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The Stars: Brown seemingly came from out of nowhere to have a huge impact on the game. He’d finish with 80 yards and the two scores on 18 carries. Coby Fleener also came up big in the receiving game, with eight grabs for 107 yards. As a team, the Colts had no turnovers, which was very important as they crawled back into it.
On the other side, Walker had a great-looking line: 10 receptions, 91 yards and a TD.
The Goats: Though he had a great first quarter, Johnson disappeared afterward. He posted 70 yards in the opening frame, but managed just 16 afterward. As a team, the Titans totaled just 21 rush yards in the second half.
Indianapolis has to figure out a way to start games better. They’ve been putting themselves into early holes, getting outscored 35-0 in the first quarters of the last three games. Also, hotshot RB Trent Richardson continued his disappearing act, giving way to Brown and posting only 22 rush yards.
Injuries: Both teams had a handful of names missing out on the game due to injury, but for the most part escaped any new ailments. Titans WR Justin Hunter was the only exception, as he sustained an injury to his head.
Outlook: Both teams are on the road next week and playing out west. The Titans will visit Oakland to see the Raiders (November 24, 4:05 PM ET on CBS) and the Colts will be in Arizona to face the Cardinals (November 24, 4:05 PM ET on CBS).
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