Colts fall to Titans 31-17 after 4th quarter implosion

Tanya Simon
December 2, 2019

While Vinatieri missed a pair of 50-plus-yard field goals in the first half, the big blow came in the fourth quarter when he had a kick - that would have put the Colts up 20-17 in the fourth quarter - blocked and returned for a touchdown.

Just what went through his mind as he raced across one white line after another, fast approaching the end zone with a game-changing play? Brissett started off the game hot, making smart, quick decisions and looking like a quarterback capable of leading the Colts where they want to go. The special teams were absolute trash the entire game, and have been all season.

" "CHUNK PLAYS": The primary ingredient missing from the Colts' Week 12 loss to the Texans was a lack of success down the field in the passing game; Indy defines a "chunk" passing play as a throw that nets at least 16 yards, and Indy that night was shut out in that category".

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The Colts racked up 391 yards of total offense, but Jacoby Brissett's two interceptions were absolute back-breakers. The NFL's all-time leading scorer is having the worst season of his career, as he's missed 14 kicks - six extra points and eight field goals - this season. He may not have any weapons to throw to, but those mistakes can't be made.

Imagine saying at the beginning of the season that the Titans would finally exercise their demons against the Colts, and it would be thanks to Tannehill, Raymond, Cruikshank and Smith. Instead, the 46-year-old kicker missed the first one wide right and had the second blocked after kicking it low and left. This is an aggressive defense, so to win, Tennessee's receivers must be more physical.

Now they have. And they carry the confidence that comes from it into a critical stretch run with their AFC South title and playoff hopes very much intact. Losing 4 of 5 isn't going to get you into the playoffs. "We feel like this time of year is when we make that jump, that transition".

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