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Brown’s 80-Yard Run Extends Colts’ Lead to 27-13

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 2:55 pm

Just when it appeared the Titans had Donald Brown stopped for a loss, he broke away from three defenders, bounced to the outside and raced 80 yards down the sideline for a touchdown, likely sealing the Colts’ first victory of the season.

Indianapolis now leads 27-13 with 3:26 remaining.

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Locker TD to Washington Pulls Titans Within 20-13

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 2:51 pm

Jake Locker entered the game for Matt Hasselbeck and proceeded to lead the Titans on an eight-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington.

You can watch Washington’s touchdown right here.

Tennessee now trails 20-13 with 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Locker completed 4-of-5 passes on the drive that used just 2:30 on the clock.

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Vinatieri Field Goal Gives Colts 20-6 Lead

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 2:21 pm

It’s now a two touchdown game.

Adam Vinatieri made good on a 40-yard field goal, extending the Colts’ lead to 20-6 with 12:53 remaining in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Donald Brown’s 39-yard run highlighted the 7-play, 58-yard drive that used 3:40 on the clock.

The Titans have one quarter left to get things going offensively, or the Colts may pick up their first win of the season and deal a serious blow to Tennessee’s playoff hopes.

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Colts Extend Lead to 17-6

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 2:02 pm

Jacob Lacey stepped in front of a Matt Hasselbeck pass intended for Chris Johnson and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown, extending Indianapolis’ lead to 17-6 with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Colts Take 10-6 Lead on Wayne Touchdown

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 1:55 pm

Reggie Wayne hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky, giving the Colts a 10-6 lead with 9:36 remaining in the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

After holding Tennessee to a three-and-out to start the second half, Indianapolis drove 43 yards on seven plays, using 3:51 on the clock.

Orlovsky is 11-of-17 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown. Matt Hasselbeck is 11-of-20 for 85 yards.

Tennessee has just four first downs on the day.

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Bironas Field Goal Gives Titans 6-3 Halftime Lead

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 1:24 pm

Rob Bironas’ second field goal of the day has given the Titans a 6-3 halftime lead at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Bironas’ 21-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the first half came after linebacker Akeem Ayers registered his first career forced fumble, popping the ball away from Colts WR Pierre Garcon. Chris Hope recovered at the Colts’ 48-yard line and Tennessee went to work with 2:38 remaining to go in the first half.

Matt Hasselbeck tossed a 22-yard pass to Lavelle Hawkins down to the Colts’ 6-yard line. But a three-yard run by Chris Johnson and two incomplete passes forced another Bironas field goal try.

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Bironas’ 53-Yarder Ties Game at 3

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 1:03 pm

The Titans haven’t put much together on offense to this point, but they did get a season-long 53-yard field goal from Rob Bironas to tie the game at 3 with 5:32 remaining in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It was the eighth consecutive game in which Bironas has made a field goal of at least 40 yardes, extending his career-long streak.

To this point, Chris Johnson has rushed eight times for 15 yards, while Matt Hasselbeck is 4-of-8 passing for 41 yards, including a long of 19 yards to Johnson. Lavelle Hawkins has one reception for 10 yards and Damian Williams has one catch for nine yards.

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Colts Strike First on Vinatieri Field Goal

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 12:34 pm

Adam Vinatieri connected on a 47-yard field goal, giving Indianapolis a 3-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The field goal capped an 11-play, 56-yard drive that consumed 4:47 on the clock.

So far the Titans haven’t had many opportunities on offense. The Colts lead the time of possession battle early on, 9:32 to 5:28.

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Countdown to Kickoff

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 18, 2011 – 11:35 am

The Tennessee Titans have hit the field and are warming up for today’s game vs. the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Check out our pregame slideshow!

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Rookie RB Harper Ready to Fill in for Injured Ringer

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 15, 2011 – 2:15 pm

With backup running back Javon Ringer ruled out of Sunday’s game with a hand injury, rookie Jamie Harper steps into the lead backup role behind Chris Johnson when the Titans take on Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Harper, the team’s fourth-round pick out of Clemson, has played primarily on special teams this season, rushing just seven times for 16 yards and catching one pass for 21 yards. Most remember the 5-foot-11, 233-pound running back from the preseason when he led the club in rushing with 168 yards and three touchdowns on 38 attempts (4.4 avg) with a long of 46 at St. Louis.

Harper’s Preseason Highlights: 46-yard run | 9-yard TD | 1-yard TD

Now he’ll look to spell Ringer, who averaged around five to six touches per game prior to being injured.

“I’ve been sitting back learning and watching everything so I would be ready to go whenever my opportunity came up,” Harper said.

That opportunity will come Sunday, and head coach Mike Munchak has all the confidence in the world in his rookie running back.

“He is a good, hard, heavy runner,” Munchak said. “He is a nice change of pace from a CJ (Chris Johnson) kind of running back. We are lucky to have a third running back that we feel that good about.”

Harper realized he would have to wait his turn, especially sitting  two spots back on the depth chart of a player that had rushed for more than 4,500 yards in his first three season.

“It really wasn’t difficult. It’s the process of growing up,” Harper said. “When you have a great running back like Chris Johnson in front of you, there’s not much you can really do with that being a rookie.”

Munchak said Harper has been receiving lots of reps in practice and believes the running back’s confidence is high based on what he accomplished in the preseason.

Harper agrees.

“Having that under my belt is good,” Harper admitted. “This organization drafted me for a reason so now it’s a matter of going out there and doing what I’m capable of.”

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