The Colts haven't lost a regular-season game since Oct. 7, 2008, on a "Monday Night Football" game with Tennessee. That loss seems like ancient history now; Sunday, the Colts defeated Tennessee for the third time since then. The Colts now share the 21-game record with the New England Patriots, who won 21 straight from 2006-2008.
As is usually the case when these two teams get together, it was no cakewalk for the winners. The Titans fell behind 21-3 in the first half, but got themselves back in the game with a late first-half touchdown and made the Colts sweat the rest of the way.
Joseph Addai scored two first-half touchdowns, and Austin Collie added another as the Colts jumped out to the big first-half lead. Indianapolis couldn't find the end zone in the second half, but got two Matt Stover field goals and relied on its defense for the rest.
The Titans were stymied on two key drives in the second half. After driving deep into Indianapolis territory, but facing a fourth down, Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher twice eschewed field goal attempts while down 24-10 in an effort to score touchdowns. Both times, Titans quarterback Vince oung ended up throwing incomplete passes and turning the ball back over to the Colts.
The Titans did score a late touchdown on a pass from Young to Bo Scaife, and then recovered an onside kick, but again ran out of downs and turned it over to the Colts.
The Titans actually outgained the Colts, 375-358, but couldn't find the end zone, save for the late touchdowns at the end of each half. Yong threw for 233 yards for Tennessee, while Chris Johnson, the NFL's leading rusher, had 113 yards on the ground.
For the Colts, Addai had 79 yards rushing on 21 carries and his first two-touchdown game since Week 3 of 2008. He also caught three passes for 17 yards. With Donald Brown out, Mike Hart saw his first significant action of 2009 and had 11 yards on four carries, as well as two catches for 27 yards.
Peyton Manning was 24-for-37 overall for 270 yards and the touchdown to Collie (four catches, 18 yards total) for a 95.6 quarterback rating.
Pierre Garçon had a big day for the Colts, with six catches for 136 yards. Reggie Wayne had a quiet day with just four grabs for 48 yards, but did go over 1,000 yards receiving for the sixth consecutive season.
Defensively, Clint Session continued his dominating play of late, racking up 13 tackles and forcing a fumble that Eric Foster recovered for a turnover. Melvin Bullitt and Antoine Bethea also hit double digits in tackles with 12 and 10, respectively. Dwight Freeney added a sack and Jacob Lacey had an interception for the Colts.
The 12-0 Colts will look to set the NFL's longest regular-season winning streak next week, when they host Denver.
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