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The Indianapolis Colts earned their first road win since late-December 2010 with a victory in overtime over their division rival, the Tennessee Titans, by a score of 19-13
The Indianapolis Colts earned their first road win since late-December 2010 with a victory in overtime over their division rival, the Tennessee Titans, by a score of 19-13. The catalyst for the win was (who else!) rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, who was sensational both in the fourth quarter and in OT.
Late in the fourth quarter, trailing 13-6, Luck led the Colts on 14-play, 80 yard drive, completing 6-of-8 of his passes and rushing for a critical first down on 3rd-and-one from the Titans 48-yard line. The drive culminated in a one-yard touchdown by Delone Carter. Adam Vinatieri's extra point tied the game and the Colts went into overtime.
Once in OT, the Colts got the ball first and their running game took over.
Playing for the first time since the Colts dramatic comeback over the Packers, Donald Brown gashed the Titans for runs of 4, 19, 9, 5, and 5 yards. Then, on 2nd-and-10 from the Titans 16, Luck hit fellow rookie Vick Ballard on a runningback screen. Ballard took the pass and scampered 16 yards to pay dirt. The score was capped by a leaping, Superman-like effort by Ballard to dive towards the left pylon and score. The touchdown was upheld by replay, and the Colts won 19-13.
Luck finished the day going 26-38 for 297 yards and the winning touchdown pass. He also had an INT. For the second week in a row, the Colts ran for over 100 yards, including 80 on 14 carries by Brown.
The win puts the Colts at 4-3, their first winning record of 2012, and the first time they've had more wins than loses since 2010.