The Colts played their backup players most of the game, but still had a chance after Craphonso Thorpe caught a touchdown pass from Jim Sorgi with 9:12 left in the third quarter to give Indianapolis a 10-7 lead.
With their playoff hopes on the line, however, the Titans responded, getting three Rob Bironas field goals — one from 54 yards — to provide the missing piece in the NFL's playoff puzzle. Tennessee eliminated the Cleveland Browns for the final playoff slot in the AFC.
Last year, Bironas also beat the Colts, 20-17, on a 60-yard field goal with seven seconds left.
Andy Lyons/Getty Images
With the Colts locked into the second playoff seed in the AFC, there was little for Indianapolis to play for, and the team played with appropriate caution.
Manning did achieve a statistical milestone. With 95 passing yards, the quarterback surpassed the 4,000-yard passing mark for the eighth time in his 10-year career.
Reggie Wayne also had a big night. The seventh-year receiver from the University of Miami capped his finest season to date with 12 catches for 87 yards — giving him 104 catches for the season, the first time he's surpassed the 100-reception mark in his career.
Wayne's 1,510 yards receiving also gave him the NFL receiving title, and his 104 catches ranked him second in the NFL to New England's Wes Welker.
The Colts finished the season with a 13-3 mark, and have a bye next week as the playoffs get underway. Tennessee improves to 10-6 and will travel to San Diego next week.