The Tennessee Titans defeat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football in Week 6, 36-22. Here are all the highlights, the game recap and final score.
It went down to the wire, but the Tennessee Titans were able to hold off their AFC South rival in the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football in Week 6. Tennessee defeated Indianapolis 36-22 to improve to 3-3 on the year. Indianapolis sinks to 2-4 on the season.
There was a lot of great field goal kicking in this between Ryan Succop and Adam Vinatieri, who combined to make eight 3-point tries on the night. Outside of a missed PAT by Vinatieri, the kicking game was solid on Monday.
Where the game ultimately went in Tennessee’s favor was in the fourth quarter. Indianapolis would take a 19-15 lead into the final frame. The Colts would find pay dirt twice on the night, once on an eight-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett to Jack Doyle. Indianapolis’ other touchdown came on a pick-six of Marcus Mariota by John Simon.
Tennessee couldn’t get close enough to punch it in on their own accord until the fourth quarter. DeMarco Murray would give the Titans the 22-19 lead on a three-yard run up the middle. Vinatieri would respond with his best kick of the night, a 52-yard field goal.
It took four plays, but Mariota and the Titans offense would respond most magnificently. With pressure in his face, Mariota would unleash a tremendous 53-yard vertical bomb to rookie wide receiver Taiwan Taylor for the eventual game-clincher. That was Taylor’s first career touchdown.
Indianapolis would need a touchdown to potentially send this game into overtime. On fourth down deep in Tennessee territory, Brissett would come up inches short of getting the first down. Indianapolis would turn the ball over on downs. When they were trying to put the game out of reach, Derrick Henry would uncork a 72-yard touchdown run to seal the game.
What this game taught us was that Indianapolis can’t hang in AFC South play without Andrew Luck at quarterback. It’s not that Brissett played poorly, because he didn’t. This has more to do with him not having that extra gear to lead a comeback on the road against a division rival.
Tennessee is in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South with Houston and Jacksonville. They have all beat up on each other thus far. Indianapolis may be 2-4, but only a game back of the rest of their divisional foes.
- Marcus Mariota: Mariota completed 23 of 32 passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
- Derrick Henry: Henry had 19 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also had one catch for 14 yards.
- John Simon: Simon had 11 tackles, six solo, three quarterback hits, two tackles for a loss of yardage, a sack and a pick-six of Mariota.
The Colts will play another AFC South rival in Week 7. They will host the 3-3 Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Oct. 22. Kickoff will be at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. CBS will have the early afternoon telecast.
The Titans will have to travel to Northeast Ohio for their Week 7 game. They will play the winless Cleveland Browns on Oct. 22. Kickoff from FirstEnergy Stadium will be at 1:00 p.m. ET. CBS will have the telecast.