INDIANAPOLIS — A gut-wrenching loss at the and of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts led the Titans 10-7 at halftime, but off-key throws made by quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the fierce running attack from Derrick Henry, and suffocating play on special teams, the Titans battled back to 31-17 victory.
“Tough loss,” said head coach Frank Reich. “Thought we had a good week of practice. I thought we were ready and we just had some critical mistakes in all three phases.”
A few of those mistakes came in the form of two interceptions thrown by Jacoby Brissett at key points in the game when the Colts needed the offense to deliver. Brissett said it’s not for a lack of battling to the end game in and game out. They simply aren’t getting the desired results.
Loss is also a huge blow to the Colts post-season aspirations.
“All divisional games are must-wins in our mind, especially when we’re all in a big clump in the pile like that,” said kicker Adam Vinatieri. “Tough loss obviously, but there’s still four games left and we’re going to do all we can to right this ship.”
Vinatieri missed three field goals, two of which were blocked by the Titans special teams unit.
Vinatieri’s comments came hours before the Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots 28-22. That win extends Houston’s lead over the Colts and the Titans in the AFC South, making it all the road ahead all the more difficult for the Colts to make the playoffs.
The Colts head to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers this Sunday at 1:00 EDT.
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