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Titans Start Strong but Fall Short Against Colts

By Ashley Braun, Sports Correspondent

The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway

 

Nashville, TN – Nov. 14, 2013 - The Titans opened Thursday night’s game as if they were another team. Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright combined for 50 yards on just 4 carries before Chris Johnson found the end zone for a 30 yard touchdown.

 After the Titans defense held Indianapolis to a three and out on their first possession, the offense was back at it. Fitzpatrick made 11 plays for 68 yards, connecting with Johnson 5 times before he scored his second touchdown of the night.

With a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, both the team and the fans were the loudest they had been all season. A Colts 48-yard field goal early in the second didn’t seem to damper that enthusiasm as Rob Bironas countered with a 25-yard field goal. Colts’ kicker Adam Vinatieri added a 30-yard field goal to cut the Titans lead 17-6 at the end of the half.

Indianapolis had three straight personal fouls during the Titans second drive of the second quarter, resulting in 49 yards. Robert Mathis was called for roughing the passer and Cassius Vaughn and Erik Walden were both called for unnecessary roughness. Walden could be facing a lofty fine and even a suspension for his penalty; after ripping off Walker’s helmet and tossing it several yards, he proceeded to head butt a helmetless Walker in the face. Results of the official review should come next week.

The third quarter favored the Colts as they had possession for a total of 11:07 while Tennessee had the ball for only 3:53. Colts opened the second half with a 6-yard touchdown by Donald Brown. And then, Devon Wylie—the Titans’ third punt returner of the season—fumbled the 63-yard punt on their own 20 yard line allowing the Colts to recover. Two plays later, quarterback Andrew Luck scrambled into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown.

Vinatieri added a 50-yard field goal advancing the Colts past the Titans 23-17. Indianapolis scored 20 unanswered points starting with their field goal that ended with first half.

Bironas brought the Titans within three early in the fourth quarter after completing a 38-yard field goal. However, two drives later, Donald Brown scored his second touchdown of the night putting the Colts up by 10.

Just before the 2-minute warning, Fitzpatrick connected with Nate Washington for a 42-yard gain that set Walker up for a 19-yard touchdown, bringing Tennessee back within three.

A failed onside kick gave Indianapolis possession with less than two minutes remaining. Rather than trying to advance, Luck took a knee three times to run the clock down and end the game.

The Titans go on the road to face Oakland in just over week before heading to Indianapolis for a rematch against the Colts.

Noteworthy:
Chris Johnson recorded 13 carried for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half. Against the Jaguars he recorded a total of 12 carries for only 30 yards for the entire game.
Kendall Wright tied his career high of 9 receptions. He had 80 yards against the Colts.
Delanie Walker had a game high of 10 receptions for 91 yards advancing his career season high to 403 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 28 passes for 222 yards with no interceptions. Justin Hunter left late in the game to be evaluated for a head injury.   

 

 

 

 

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