Tennessee controlled much of the flow of its game at Indianapolis on Sunday by commanding time of possession and other stats, but controlling the ball wasn’t as simple as controlling the clock.
The Titans held the ball 33:55 but lost it four times and recovered it once in a 22-14 loss that moved the Colts closer to the AFC South title and themselves further from the final Wild Card spot in the AFC playoffs.
The Titans (5-7) recorded five sacks, eight tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits, 11 passes defensed and an interception but were unable to corral any of the three fumbles by the Colts (8-4).
“We sacked the guy (Andrew Luck) five times, two times he fumbled it,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We couldn’t recover one of them. We missed some interceptions. We knocked the ball out on a punt team, we couldn’t get the ball there. There were so many opportunities to make up and win this game and we didn’t get any of those plays.”
Indianapolis mounted its only touchdown drive in the fourth quarter and recorded its third interception of
“It seems like we stand here after a lot of these games saying we lost to Houston in overtime, we lost to these guys by three points, by a touchdown, we lost to Jacksonville by two,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We’re there, we can’t finish the game. We make too many mistakes for whatever reason.”
Of the seven losses this season, it was the sixth decided by nine points or less and again left Titans players and coaches thinking about a few missed opportunities that could have led to an important victory.
Casey recorded the Titans’ fifth sack of the day and had a tackle on a trick play that dropped WR Darrius Heyward-Bey for an 11-yard loss.
The five sacks by Tennessee equaled its season highs (at Pittsburgh, vs. New York Jets).
DRIVES FOR 80: Fitzpatrick led the Titans on 80-yard scoring drives of 10 plays in the second and 14 plays in the third quarter. The QB, who was making his fifth start as a Titan completed a 31-yard pass to
1,000-POINT CLUB: Titans kicker
Bironas entered the game with 998 points, 62 shy of Al Del Greco for the franchise record, and became the 51st player in NFL history to score 1,000 points.
THIN AT TIGHT END: The Titans entered the game with only two tight ends available because
The depth took another hit early in the second quarter when
Walker was hurt on a pass play across the middle where officials ruled he did not complete the catch. Tennessee challenged the ruling, but the call stood, dropping the Titans to 1-for-7 on replay challenges this season.
The injury from Walker prevented Tennessee from going after matchups that Walker created in the first game against the Colts when he had 10 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown on Nov. 14.
“Well, it hurts you when you lose Delanie,” Munchak said. I think it’s more about the passing game allowed the defense to play different coverages because you lose a weapon like Delanie. So that’s a huge loss.”
“it’s going to hurt you losing a fullback that takes that part out of the game also,” Munchak said. “Again, whatever you want to call that, bad luck or whatever, but yes, we lost a big weapon in losing him.”
POLLARD’s THIRD PICK: The interception by
Griffin missed the game because he was serving a one-game suspension without pay from the NFL for what the league called a repeat violation of its player-safety rules.
With the five catches, Washington became the 13th player in franchise history to record 250 receptions as a member of the Titans/Oilers. Wright’s team leading totals improved to 71 catches for 840 yards.
UP NEXT: The Titans visit Denver (10-2) next week to wrap up a three-game road trip.