Colts Recover After Rout to Hand Titans Fifth Loss in Six Games

The Indianapolis Colts bounced back after a mauling five days ago to win 30-27 and hand the Tennessee Titans their fifth loss in six National Football League games.

The Colts -- who lost 38-8 at home to the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 10 -- rallied in the second half after giving up two early touchdowns at LP Field in Nashville last night. Donald Brown rushed for two touchdowns as Indianapolis improved to 7-3, while the Titans dropped to 4-6.

It was Tennessee’s fourth straight loss to the Colts and its ninth in 10 games against its American Football Conference South rival. The Titans have lost four consecutive home games for the first time since 2005.

The Titans turned to backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after starter Jake Locker was ruled out for the remainder of the season because of a foot injury sustained in a 29-27 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 10. Tennessee also lost against Kansas City and Seattle last month when Fitzpatrick, who attended Harvard University, started for the injured Locker.

The Titans scored on their first two drives, on runs of 30 and seven yards by running back Chris Johnson, and led 17-6 at halftime.

The Colts cut the deficit to four points on a six-yard touchdown run by Brown midway through the third quarter and led 20-17 a minute later. Devon Wylie fumbled the kickoff after Brown’s score, giving Indianapolis possession at Tennessee’s 19-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Andrew Luck scrambled for an 11-yard touchdown.

Each team added a field goal before the Colts took a 10-point lead with three minutes to go on an 11-yard touchdown run by Brown.

Tennessee got the final score with 1:54 remaining when Fitzpatrick found Delanie Walker with a 19-yard pass for a touchdown.

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