NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Indianapolis Colts just keep digging themselves into early holes, then proving they know how to come back and win.
Donald Brown ran for two touchdowns, Andrew Luck rushed for another, and the Colts rallied yet again, this time beating the Tennessee Titans 30-27 on Thursday night after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter.
Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals, including a 50-yarder, and Coby Fleener had a career-high eight catches for 107 yards to help the Colts (7-3) bounce back quite nicely from a 38-8 home loss to St. Louis. They have yet to lose back-to-back games under coach Chuck Pagano, and are 8-0 coming off a loss.
“Obviously, starting out like that is something we’re all too familiar with,” Fleener said. “That’s something we have to work and get corrected.”
The Titans (4-6) lost their second straight and fifth in six games. Chris Johnson ran for two touchdowns and 70 yards in the first quarter, but had only 16 yards after that.
Indianapolis sealed the victory with an 11-play drive, capped by Brown’s 11-yard TD with 3:01 left. It was the Colts’ fourth drive of 11 plays or more.
Luck finished 23 of 36 for 232 yards passing.
The Titans were up 17-6 at halftime and looked to be in control, as the Colts had a mini-meltdown with three personal fouls, including linebacker Erik Walden head-butting Delanie Walker after ripping the helmet off the Titans tight end.
The Colts opened the third quarter with an 11-play drive on which Luck completed all five of his passes for 42 yards, including two on third down. Brown capped the drive with a 7-yard TD.
Then Devon Wylie, signed to the roster Tuesday for an injured Damian Williams at returner, ran into teammate Craig Stevens and fumbled on the kickoff for Tennessee. Daniel Herron recovered for the Colts at the Titans 20, and Luck scrambled for an 11-yard TD two plays later.
The Colts forced a Tennessee three-and-out, and the Titans held Indianapolis to a field goal. Vinatieri kicked his third of the night, a 50-yarder that went just over the crossbar. That capped 17 consecutive points in the third quarter, as Luck connected on his first eight passes and was 9 of 11 for 71 yards in the quarter.