Titans lose to Colts 34-26 in pivotal AFC South match-up

(Courtesy: Daishawn Hayes)
(Courtesy: Daishawn Hayes)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Titans saw a familiar story unfold as Andrew Luck rallied the Colts to a 34-26 win Sunday in Nashville.

The Titans took a 23-20 lead with 6:02 to play on a 48-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, but this time the Titans defense could not slam the door.

Luck led the Colts on a game-winning 70-yard touchdown drive that finished with a 7-yard TD pass to former Titan Jack Doyle with only 1:55 to play. Earlier in the drive, Luck also converted on 3rd and 14 as the Titans were unable to apply the pressure against him.

Luck was sacked only two times after coming in with a league high 23.

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Brian Orakpo came in with 7 sacks for the Titans, but finished the day with none and lamented the finish.

“We didn’t finish, we didn’t finish. We fought extremely hard to get ourselves back in the game. To the very end, with a 23-20 lead, feeling very confident, but we didn’t finish and these are the games we have to win,” Orakpo said.

Marcus Mariota and the Titans’ offense did have the ball with a chance to win the game, but on the very first play Mariota had the ball stripped out and Robert Mathis scored the first touchdown of his Colts career to put it away at 34-23.

Tennessee managed another 44-yard field goal by Succop, but the ensuing onsides kick was unsuccessful and Luck ran out the clock.

The game started well for the Titans, who took a 6-0 lead on a trick play that saw Mariota throw a 9-yard touchdown pass to tackle Taylor Lewan, who was eligible and wide open. Brett Kern dropped the snap on the P-A-T and that point seemed to haunt the Titans all day.

The Colts scored the next 17 points as Luck hit Frank Gore and TY Hilton for touchdowns to take an 11 point lead.

Tennessee put together an 11 play 80 yard drive just before halftime to trail 17-13 at the break. Titans running back DeMarco Murray had another big day with 107 yards and that touchdown.

In the second half, they tied it at 20-20 when Mariota hit Delanie Walker with a 7-yard TD pass with just over 12 minutes to play.

“I think it was a big missed opportunity,” said Walker. “I thought when we went down and kicked the field goal, 20-23, that we were gonna stop them and be in four minute and control the game with the offense, but that didn’t happen. They went down and got points.”

The Titans fall to 3-4, while the Colts improve to 3-4.

Tennessee has a short week, as the Titans host Jacksonville Thursday night.