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               === Strong second half leads Colts over Titans ===
 
 Nashville,  TN (SportsNetwork.com)  - Donald Brown rushed for 80 yards and two
 touchdowns  and Andrew Luck ran for a score as the Indianapolis Colts overcame
 an 11-point halftime deficit to down the Tennessee Titans, 30-27, on Thursday.
 
 The  Colts (7-3) trailed  17-6 at intermission but came out of the locker room
 in attack mode. Brown's first touchdown run on the opening drive of the second
 half was followed by a Devon Wylie fumble on the kick return. Two plays later,
 Luck  scored on a  quarterback keeper from 11 yards out to put Indianapolis in
 front.
 
 Late  in the fourth, Brown's 11-yard touchdown run gave Indy a 30-20 edge with
 3:01  to play.  Ryan Fitzpatrick  came back  and engineered  a 4-play  scoring
 drive, throwing deep for Nate Washington for a 42-yard pickup before hitting a
 wide  open Delanie Walker  out of the 2-minute warning from 19 yards out for a
 score.
 
 The  Titans (4-6)  were out of timeouts,  however, and had to settle for a Rob
 Bironas  onsides kick  attempt. Linebacker Pat Angerer, who led the Colts with
 nine tackles, fell on the kick to seal the win for Indy.
 
 "This  win speaks to  the character of this team," said Colts head coach Chuck
 Pagano.  "Guys were  bound and determined to  make amends for the home loss to
 St. Louis. They wanted to come down here and find a way no matter what."
 
 Indianapolis  improved to 8-0 with Luck under center following a loss, and now
 holds a commanding three-game lead in the AFC South.
 
 "We  have six more games to play," said Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak. "We
 can win them all."
 
 The  Titans  started the  game from  their own  20 and  quickly had the Colts'
 defense  scrambling. Indy wasted  a timeout on the third play of the game, and
 Fitzpatrick   utilized  his  underneath  options  to  carve  up  the  defense.
 Fitzpatrick  picked  up consecutive first  downs to Kendall Wright on crossing
 patterns  to the Indianapolis 30. Chris Johnson did the rest, taking a handoff
 through  a hole  on the right side  of the line and sprinting untouched to the
 end zone for the opening score.
 
 Johnson  showed his  versatility  on a  7-yard touchdown  run  on the  Titans'
 next  possession. The 28-year old back made a quick cut on 2nd-and-2 to get to
 the second level and had the strength to avoid two tackles as he fell past the
 goal line.
 
 "We  definitely let this  one slip away," said Johnson. "We have to make plays
 for 60 minutes if we want to make it to the playoffs."
 
 Indy  started on its  own 5 after a special teams blunder on the kick-off, but
 a  14-yard  screen pass  to Trent  Richardson on first  down quickly moved the
 chains. Luck moved the Colts' offense into field goal range before stalling on
 3rd-and-8,  and  Adam Vinatieri put  the visitors on  the board with a 48-yard
 kick.
 
 Tennessee  caught a break late in the first half when three straight penalties
 on  Indy --  a  roughing the  passer  call on  Robert  Mathis and  unnecessary
 roughness  calls on  Cassius Vaughn and Erik  Walden -- set up a short Bironas
 field  goal  for a  17-3 margin.  The Colts  entered the  contest as the least
 penalized team in the league, averaging just 3.7 per game.
 
 Vinatieri kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
 
 Indianapolis has been outscored in the first half the last three games, 66-9.
 
 The Colts' offense came alive in the second half. Brown's 6-yard score wrapped
 up an 11-play, 74-yard march that ate up nearly 6 1/2 minutes.
 
 Luck's  touchdown run  and another Vinatieri field goal with 1:27 in the third
 capped a 17-0 scoring barrage in the quarter.
 
 Bironas  pulled  the Titans back  within three with  a 38-yard field goal with
 11:39  left  in the  clash, but  a series of  punts allowed  the Colts to milk
 most  of the  clock before  Brown's  second touchdown  plunge made  it a  two-
 possession game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Colts have won 16 straight games when leading entering the fourth quarter
 ... Luck threw for 232 yards on 23-of-36 efficiency ... Coby Fleener had eight
 receptions  for a  career-high 107  yards for  Indy ...  Fitzpatrick completed
 22-of-28 for 222 yards  but fell to 24-46-1 as a starter in the NFL ... Walker
 caught all 10 of his  targets for  91 yards and a score  ... Indy has won four
 in a row against Tennessee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/15 00:37:03 ET