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article imageNFL: Colts drop to 0-8 after tough 27-10 loss to Titans

By Austin Tyler     Oct 31, 2011 in Sports
Nashville - When it comes to the Indianapolis Colts over the past decade, you never expected something like this to happen. The Colts are virtually already eliminated from the playoffs, and they are one of the only two teams left without a win.
The Tennessee Titans (4-3) hosted the Indianapolis Colts (0-8) in Nashville, Tennessee. The Colts have been struggling to get wins, and last week they took a big bump when the New Orleans Saints gave them a 62-7 beat down. The Titans are coming off a tough loss of their own as the Houston Texans gave them a 41-7 drubbing to put them at .500 coming into this game.
Indianapolis got the ball to start the drive and got a first down when Curtis Painter (26/49, 250 yards, 2 Int’s) Pierre Garcon (7 receptions, 66 yards) on a 12-yard pass. Painter and later hit Austin Collie (5 receptions, 44 yards) and Reggie Wayne (5 receptions, 61 yards) for gains to another first down. The drive then stalled and they had to punt the ball away.
Tennessee took over and Matt Hasselbeck (23/33, 224 yards, 1 TD) hit Damian Williams (4 receptions, 60 yards) for a 27-yard pass to get a first down. They continued to try and move the ball down the field, but later had trouble as they settled for a field-goal. Rob Bironas came on and made a 51-yard field-goal that gave them an early 3-0 lead.
With 12:08 to go in the second quarter the Colts drive stalled and they were forced to punt the ball away. They lined up to kick the ball away and Patrick Bailey came in to block the punt and Jason McCourty recovered it and returned it for a touchdown. The play was challenged, but upheld and the Titans took a quick 10-0 lead.
The teams traded punts and with 4:59 left in the half the Titans took the ball over. Chris Johnson (14 carries, 34 yards) had an 11-yard run to start the drive. Hasselbeck and Williams connected again as this one went for 26-yards. The drive then stalled after that connection with Hasselbeck throwing two incompletions and Johnson had a run for no gain. Bironas came on and made another 50-yard field-goal to make it a 13-0 lead.
The Colts took over on the ensuing drive and got a big play with Painter connecting with Dallas Clark (6 receptions, 77 yards) 21-yards. On the next play the Colts turned the ball over as Painter’s pass was picked off by Michael Griffin. With 1:50 left in the half the titans got the ball and moved it 64-yards on the drive.
Hasselbeck and Jared cook (2 receptions, 40 yards) for a 32-yard gain. Hasselbeck used his arm the whole drive until they used Nate Washington on a run play that went in from 3-yards out to get a touchdown. The Titans took a 20-0 lead going into halftime.
Tennessee got the ball to start the second half, but went three and out and had to punt the ball away. The Colts took over and finally got some kind of movement with their offense as they were able to get into field-goal range. Indianapolis used the no huddle shotgun to get it going and painter hit Collie for a 21-yard pass to get a first down. They used short passes to get down the field until Adam Vinatieri came on to make a 22-yard field-goal. That made it a 20-3 game.
The Colts got the ball back after a punt and had a drive that went from the third quarter well into fourth. The Drive started with a 10-yard pass to Clark, and then they went back into the no huddle. Painter and Garcon connected for an 11-yard pass, and then later hit Wayne for a 23-yard catch. Clark and Painter connected again for an 18-yard pass, and then Donald Brown (10 carries, 33 yards, 1 TD) finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. It was a 10-point Titans lead as that made it a 20-10 game.
Indianapolis had the chance to really get back into the game after a Tennessee punt. Painter and Wayne connected on a 13-yard pass and catch for a first down. Painter later tried to hit Collie on a pass, but Barrett Ruud picked it off and gave the ball back to the Titans.
They got the ball with great field position and Javon Ringer (14 carries, 60 yards) opened the drive with a 13-yard run. The Titans continued to move the ball down the field, and Hasselbeck later connected with Washington (4 receptions, 34 yards, 1 TD) for a 14-yard touchdown. Washington had a rushing and receiving touchdown which were the only touchdowns scored by the Titans to make it a 27-10 lead.
The game ended with the Colts going for it on fourth down, but was not able to convert. The Titans ran the clock out and got away with a tough win.
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