It was closer that most people expected, but in the end the Tennessee Titans lost yet again to the Indianapolis Colts 30-24. It was the tweleth consecutive loss to their division rivals and it cam in a day where the Colts were eliminated from playoff contention even with the win.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger got the Titans on the board with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter when he ran up the middle for a five yard touchdown to give the Titans their fist lead of the game. It was Mettenberger's firstr touchdown run of his career.
The two teams would exchange touchdowns in the second quarter as Freeman connected with tight end Coby Fleener for a 57 yard score to give Indianapolis back the lead.
David Cobb scored on a 1 yard run to push the Titans back in front with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter. It would be the last lead of the afternoon for the Titans.
The second half got of to a bad start for the Titans as a Mettenberger pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Dwight Lowery was intercepted and returned 23 yards by linebacker Jerrell Freeman for a COlts score and a 27-14 lead.
Tanney would keep the Titans close as he lead them on a 11 play, 49 yard drive on his first possession of the game that ended with a 48 yard Ryan Succop field goal.
On the very next Titans possession, once again Tanney would mount a scoring drive that ended when he connected with wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on a one-yard scoring strike to cut the FCotls lead to 27-24 with 11:07 remaining in the fourht quarter.
That would be as close as the Titans would get as Indianapolis would add a 35 yard Vinatieri fild goal, his third of the game to complete their scoring and send the Colts to an 8-8 finish on the season.
The Colts were eliminated before the final horn sounded as the Saints win gave Houston the AFC South championship based on strength of schedule. Minites later the Texans concluded their win over the Jaguars to claim the division outright.
The Titans complete the season 3-13 and now turn their attention to the coaching situation and the speculations that surround other front office aspects of the team as the players head into the off season having secured the first selection in April's NFL Draft based on having tied with Cleveland for the worst record in the league. The Titans secured the top pick because Cleveland's strenght of schedule, where the Browns played a tougher slate to win the same number of games on the season.