Tennessee Titans: Recap, Studs, Duds, Grades vs Indianapolis Colts

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Tennessee Titans: Recap, Studs, Duds, Grades vs Indianapolis Colts

Dec 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) shakes hands after the game with Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Tennessee 22-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

An AFC wild-card participant? That dream was short-lived. Don’t expect to relive it anytime before 2014, neither.

The Tennessee Titans lost control of their grip on the AFC’s No. 6 playoff seed after they suffered a Week 13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, 22-14. This was another week when the defense held their opponent to five-plus field-goal attempts. Unlike Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski (4-of-6), Adam Vinatieri nailed all five of his chances. His fifth make put them up 15-14, a lead they’d never relinquish.

A couple of the game’s biggest turning points came on Titans penalties and turnovers. Moise Fokou was penalized before the end of the first half. That turned a dead drive into one last chip-shot field-goal attempt. This turned a 9-7 Titans deficit into a 12-7 deficit. Another turning point came when Ryan Fitzpatrick was blindsided on a sack from Robert Mathis. Up 14-12 and inside the Colts 40-yard-line, the Titans not only wasted an opportunity to take a two-possession lead, but they gift-wrapped a three-point opportunity for Indianapolis.

They took it.

Check out some of the Titans’ studs, duds and grades from this contest.


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