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Colts Build Momentum For Playoffs, Shut Out Titans 23-0

Games such as the one between the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday are few and far between as both teams had absolutely nothing to play for as their seedings were already predetermined last week. So in essence, this game had the feel of a preseason game as reserves played the bulk of the contest.

However, some records were broken as Colts quarterback Peyton Manning once again threw for 4,000 yards, wide receiver Marvin Harrison surpassed Cris Carter to become the second-leading all-time receiver and tight end Dallas Clark broke a team record for yards receiving by a tight end. Despite all those accolades, the Colts dominated the Titans in every conceivable category, including a sizable 38:20-21:40 margin in ball possession, which allowed Indianapolis to coast to the easy 23-0 shutout of Tennessee at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts dominated after about 6 minutes, commencing the scoring with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Manning to running back Joseph Addai, giving the Colts an early 7-0 lead; they would add a 28-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to increase their lead in the opening period to 10-0. Indianapolis would add a pair of FG’s by Vinatieri to pad their lead to a 16-0 halftime lead.

The third period was nondescript as no scorring took place, but the Colts would add an exclamation point to their victory when offensive lineman recovered a fumble in the Titans’ end zone for a score, putting the Colts up for good 23-0. Colts reserve QB Jim Sorgi played the bulk of the game as he went 22-of-30 for 178 yards while Manning played briefly, going 7-of-7 for 95 yards and a TD; Vince Young went 9-of-13 for 55 yards for the Titans.

Lance Ball led the Colts rushing attack with 83 yards on only 13 carries while Quinton Ganther led the Titans with 27 yard rushing on 4 carries. Clark led the Colts receivers with 55 yards on 6 receptions while Addai caught a pair of pases for 55 yards and a score; Brandon Jones led the titans receivers with 2 catches for 13 yards. Tennessee (13-3) will play again in 2 weeks as they will be the #1 seed in the AFC; Indianapolis (12-4), the #5 seed, will await the winner of the Denver-San Diego contest to determine their opponent for the AFC first-round playoffs.

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One Response to “Colts Build Momentum For Playoffs, Shut Out Titans 23-0”

  1. Nick says:

    There defense is often over-looked because of Manning

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