INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Tennessee Titans by a 27-23 margin to improve to 9-4 on the season and 6-1 at home.
With the Colts' victory, Luck got credit for his sixth fourth quarter/overtime game-winning drive for the Colts, which is the most by a rookie since the AFL/NFL merger. He surpassed Vince Young (2006 Titans) and Ben Roethlisberger (2004 Steelers) who each had five.
"I think the more of the situations you're in, the more your awareness builds up. I think Coach (Bruce) Arians preaches situational awareness and not playing like robots. I think the more situations we're in, the more we learn from them. If good things happen or bad things happen, we practice them," said Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. "It's uncanny how many times you walk through something on a Saturday and it shows up on that Sunday or the following Sunday, but I think it's a tough group of guys that's focusing and coaches coaching us up," said Luck.
On the team's second offensive drive of the game, Luck drove the Colts 53 yards in seven plays and found Reggie Wayne for a four-yard touchdown to tie the score at 7-7.
From that point the Titans scored 13 unanswered points and looked to be in complete control with a 20-7 lead going into halftime.
However, On the team's opening drive of the third quarter, the Colts drove 80 yards in 14 plays and tallied a touchdown courtesy of a Delone Carter one-yard rush. The score cut Tennessee's lead to 20-14.
The Colts would take the lead three minutes later as Cassius Vaughn recorded a three-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Tennessee would regain the lead in the fourth qtr as Rob Bironas connected on his third field goal of the afternoon from 25 yards away to give the Titans a 23-21 lead.
And that's when Adam Vinatieri made his presence felt. Vinatieri tied his season-long field goal with a 53-yard kick in the fourth quarter to give the Colts a 24-23 advantage. He would later add another kick from 40 yards to seal a Colts 27-23 victory.
"That was huge. I mean he's always there in the clutch. He's like the hidden weapon all the time. He was hitting it at 60 pregame so he had a great leg today. There was never a doubt we were kicking that field goal. He is a clutch man and I'm glad he's on our team," said offensive Offensive Coordinator/Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians.
The Colts improved to 8-1 in games decided by one possession or less this season. Indianapolis has won seven consecutive one-possession games with their only loss coming against Jacksonville in Week 3.
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