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17 points in 9:56 erases deficit and gives Colts a lead they would not to lose

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 15, 2013 – 10:45 am

When the Colts took the field with 2:32 remaining in the first half, the Titans held a 17-6 lead.

The Colts three offensive drives up to that point had resulted in a punt, field goal and punt.

Momentum was needed and the Colts got just that with five scores in their next six drives to erase a double-digit deficit.

Here’s a look at the final drive of the first half and the first two of the third quarter when the Colts scored 17 straight points without the Titans offense touching the football:

  • On the three drives, Luck was 12-of-16 for 116 yards and had two rushes for 24 yards. The Colts got a field goal to end the first half thanks to an up-tempo style. Then it was Luck’s spirited halftime speech that kept things going in the third quarter.
  • After just a two-of-six effort on third-down in the first half, the Colts converted both third-down chances on the opening drive of the second half. There was a seven-yard completion to T.Y. Hilton and a six-yard catch by Griff Whalen that kept the drive moving.
  • The Colts possessed the ball for a string of 9:56 thanks to a costly turnover on the kickoff following Donald Brown’s six-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left in the third quarter. Titans kick returner Devon Wylie fumbled the ensuing kickoff and running back “Boom” Herron dove on the loose ball to give the Colts the ball at the Titans 20-yard line.
  • To cap the 17 points in 9:56, it was Luck once again improvising with his legs. With the Colts facing a second-and-one at the Titans 11-yard line, Luck faked a quick pass to Griff Whalen with Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan leaving his feet on the fake. Luck then tucked and ran up field alluding safety Michael Griffin for his ninth rushing touchdown of his NFL career. A Luck spike punctuated the 17 straight points and gave the Colts a lead they would not relinquish.

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