Indianapolis survived a thriller at Lucas Oil Stadium to clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Tennessee Titans 23-20. They are sole owners of the AFC South division title winners.
Today’s match-up was a must win for the Colts in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Colts played with urgency and intention determined to defeat the Titans and close their regular season on a good note.
Adam Vinatieri gave Indianapolis the first six points with two field goals. The Colts first touchdown pass was a 7-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to wide receiver Reggie Wayne putting the Colts up 13-6.
The second half started with a touchdown pass to Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt tied the game up 13-13 but wasn’t for long. Pierre Garcon got a piece of the action by catching a 30 yards touchdown pass that gave Indianapolis a 20-13 lead.
QB-Kerry Collins to RB-Chris Johnson for a 15 yard touchdown pass that tied the game up with 4 minutes left in regulation. Then things became interesting.
With time ticking Manning gave his squad in excellent field goal position and with 3 seconds remaining, the ever so clutch Adam Vinatieri kicked a 43 yard field goal and it was good! The Colts pulled a victory out and held the fans on the edge of their seats to the final second.
Peyton Manning had another solid game converting 27 of 41 passes for 264 yards and 2 touch downs. Pierre Garcon had 7 receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown.
For another week, the Colts defense held their opponent’s running game less than 100 yards with Titans running back Chris Johnson carried the ball 20 times for 39 yards.
The Colts will host the New York Jets Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8pm (PST).
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