The Colts vs Titans score was one of survival last night. But since the Colts vs Titans score finally got Indianapolis back on track, their 30-28 win checked off stage 1 of their comeback. Whoever won last night would still be alive in the AFC South race, while the loser would be all but finished. Although Indianapolis was 6-6 and Tennessee was 5-7, the struggling teams still had a pulse in this division. After the game, the score still gave Indianapolis hope to cling to – if only because there were no major Peyton Manning mistakes.
By now, the defending AFC champions are used to being 12-0 or 11-1, and usually clinch the South by now. But nowadays, their standards have taken a hit, as just winning a game and having Manning interception-free qualifies as a big achievement now.
The game started off just like the old days for Manning and company, as they jumped to a 21-0 lead. Manning threw two touchdowns to Pierre Garcon, and Tennessee appeared to be free falling toward another disaster. Yet they did get a late touchdown drive to close the gap before halftime.
Tennessee started the second half with another touchdown, as the desperate Titans would not go away. All Indianapolis could muster in the second half was three field goals, while Tennessee pressured with touchdowns. But the early deficit was too much to overcome, with Tennessee’s final touchdown coming with no time left.
Although the Colts vs Titans score got closer than Indianapolis would have liked at the end, just getting out with a win was a relief. It was better than the alternative, as three straight losses had turned them from Super Bowl contenders to a mere .500 team. Winning this game still won’t put them back on top in the AFC South, even if the Jaguars lose on Sunday.
Manning’s quick start gave relief to Colts Nation, especially since he didn’t blow it with interceptions. Usually a 25-for-35, 319-yard, two-touchdown and no interception game is mediocre for him, yet it was the best possible result for him in this case.
As Indianapolis managed to stay alive, the score served as the final nail in the coffin for Tennessee. After a 5-2 start, they have now lost six in a row, with Jeff Fisher’s job security in question thanks to Vince Young. A once promising season has officially been destroyed, officially narrowing the AFC South down to the Colts and Jaguars.
Fittingly, those two teams will meet next week in Indianapolis. Yet, in spite of the positive results, Indianapolis will be eliminated if Jacksonville beats Oakland this Sunday, and then beats them for the second time.
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