Colts 30, Titans 27

Indianapolis rallies again in 2d half for another victory

Colts running back Donald Brown eluded Titans safety Michael Griffin and scored a touchdown during the third quarter.

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Colts running back Donald Brown eluded Titans safety Michael Griffin and scored a touchdown during the third quarter.

NASHVILLE — The Indianapolis Colts just keep digging themselves into early holes, then proving they know how to come back and win.

Donald Brown ran for two TDs, Andrew Luck added another, and the Colts rallied yet again, beating the Titans, 30-27, Thursday night after trailing, 14-0, in the first quarter.


‘‘At the end of the day winning is what matters,’’ Luck said. ‘‘We were fortunate in this game to survive our mistakes and have a chance to win . . . But we know that’s got to be fixed.’’

Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals, including a 50-yarder, and Coby Fleener had a career-high eight catches for 107 yards to help the Colts (7-3) bounce back from a 38-8 home loss to St. Louis. They have yet to lose back-to-back games under coach Chuck Pagano and are 8-0 coming off a loss.

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‘‘Obviously, starting out like that is something we’re all too familiar with,’’ Fleener said. ‘‘That’s something we have to work and get corrected.’’

The Titans (4-6) lost their second straight and fifth in six games. Chris Johnson ran for two TDs and 70 yards in the first quarter, but had only 16 yards after that.

Ryan Fitzpatrick drove the Titans 80 yards in four plays, capping the drive with a 19-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker with 1:54 left. But the Titans couldn’t execute the ensuing onside kick.


Indianapolis sealed the victory with an 11-play drive capped by Brown’s 11-yard TD with 3:01 left.

The Colts won their fourth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games over their divisional rival, with Vinatieri’s 30-yard field goal as the first half expired helping settle the Colts down. That was the first of 20 straight points as they dominated in the third quarter, holding the ball for more than 11 minutes in taking a 23-17 lead.

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