|Ryan Fitzpatrick rushed for a touchdown and added a short TD pass for the Titans. Click here for the slideshow from the game.|
The fumble kept Tennessee from capitalizing on its best starting field position of the day and denied it the opportunity to build on a 14-12 lead in the third quarter. The Titans started the possession at the Colts’ 32-yard line after a 33-yard punt return by newly signed specialist
“Well, obviously it’s disappointing,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We felt, I think, we felt as a team very good coming in here knowing it would be a close game, but one that we felt very much we could win. Especially after the way we’ve played this team, we feel very, this team is one of those games that it comes down to the last possession it seems like every time we play. We’re wishing it wouldn’t do that. I thought we would play much better than we did as far as handling the football.”
Indianapolis added a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Donald Brown rushed for a 4-yard TD, and Freeman ended Tennessee’s hope for a comeback drive late by picking off a pass intended for
“I think you always have to give them credit. That being said, I didn’t play well today in a lot of different aspects but obviously in the turnovers,” Fitzpatrick said. “You can’t turn the ball over like that and expect to win in any game.
The Titans (5-7) fell three games behind the Colts (8-4) in the AFC South with four to play and are 0-5 this season when they have a negative turnover ratio (minus-3 on Sunday). It was Tennessee’s fifth straight loss to Indianapolis, and the past four have been decided by a combined 21 points.
Tennessee’s defense started the game with
The Titans sacked Luck five times, and the Colts fumbled the ball three times (at their own 21, 27 and 21 again) but recovered the ball each time.
"Bounce of the ball. They got the ball right back,” said defensive tackle
Fitzpatrick finished 21-of-37 passing for 201 yards and a passer rating of 47.2, ending his streak of three games in a row with a passer rating of 109 or higher.