Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1/3/16 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Colts 30, Titans 24
January 3, 2016
Mixed in with the Week 17 NFL schedule, we had an AFC South matchup between the Titans and the Colts. Tennessee was coming off a huge loss to the Texans, while Indianapolis edged out the Dolphins in Week 16. Neither of these teams had a good season, and this game was more or less just a pride matchup to end the season on a positive note. Indy had some slim playoff hopes coming in, but they dissipated before the game was over.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from this one so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Here’s a closer look.
What Happened: The Colts got on the board first after a 49-yard drive when Adam Vinatieri booted a 49-yard field goal to make it 3-0. Zach Mettenberger got the Titans into the lead when he rushed for a 5-yard touchdown made possible by a Titans interception.
Josh Freeman and Coby Fleener hooked up on a sweet 57-yard TD pass a short time later, giving the Colts a 10-7 edge after one.
In the second, David Cobb put the Titans ahead with a 1-yard TD run after an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Vinatieri scored again on a 52-yard boot, and Andre Johnson posted a TD on an 18-yard Ryan Lindley pass.
At the end of the half, it was 20-14 Colts.
After the break, Jerrell Freeman put up a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown to extend the Colts’ lead to 27-14. Ryan Succop bagged a 49-yard field goal for the Titans’ first score of the half.
In the fourth, Dorial Green-Beckham grabbed a 5-yard TD pass from Alex Tanney to cut the lead to three, but Vinatieri booted a 35-yard field goal to get the score to 30-24. That tally would hold, and the Colts would get a divisional home victory, though it was ultimately just cosmetic.
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The Stars: The Colts got some pretty decent QB play from Freeman and Lindley, who combined for a 21-of-38 line for 207 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Frank Gore was reliable as usual, putting up 19 carries for 76 yards. Coby Fleener was the leading receiver with seven receptions for 88 yards and his score.
On the other side, Delanie Walker had nine receptions for 94 yards; no other receiver had more than two catches.
The Goats: The Titans defense allowed Indy to post 327 net yards and a 7-of-17 mark (41 percent) on third downs. Conversely, Tennessee’s offense was just 4-of-14 on third downs themselves and put up a paltry 94 net yards passing.
We can’t really fault any individual players here, as there seemed to be a prevalent sense of trying new things on both sides given the relatively meaningless status of this game.
Injuries: This looked very much like a preseason game, with key players missing on both sides. We had some additional injury situations throughout the game, but every ailing player will get a long off-season to recover.
Both teams will be looking forward to their No. 1 quarterbacks (Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota) getting back under center for Week 1 of 2016.
Outlook: The Colts finish 8-8 with the victory. They’ve been decimated by injuries this season, most notably to No. 1 QB Andrew Luck. They will look to reclaim the division in 2016.
As for the Titans, they had a pretty miserable season at just 3-14. They will have the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, however, so that’s something for them to look forward to.
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