Final Score: Tennessee 27, Indianapolis 10
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Nate Washington scored a pair of touchdowns
to lead the Tennessee Titans past the Indianapolis Colts, 27-10.
Matt Hasselbeck completed 23-of-33 passes for 224 yards and a score for the
Titans (4-3), who had dropped five straight to the Colts.
Javon Ringer rushed for 60 yards in the victory, while Chris Johnson continued
to struggle, compiling just 34 yards on 14 carries.
Curtis Painter threw for 250 yards with a pair of interceptions and rushed for
79 yards for the winless Colts (0-8).
"It's a job," Colts receiver Pierre Garcon said of the team's struggles. "You
have to show up every day and do your job."
Donald Brown ran for a touchdown in the loss.
The Colts punted on seven of their nine first-half possessions.
One of those punts was blocked in the end zone by Patrick Bailey and recovered
by Jason McCourty for a Tennessee touchdown.
"I pushed the snapper out of the way and nobody was there besides the punter,"
Rob Bironas sandwiched field goals of 51 and 50 yards around that special-
teams touchdown for a 13-0 Titans lead.
Of the Colts' two first half possessions that didn't result in a punt, one
ended in a deflected interception for Michael Griffin, which the Titans
converted into Washington's three-yard touchdown run.
The other was a Brown rush as time expired on a lopsided 20-0 first half.
The Colts managed to register a pulse after the break, executing a 58-yard
drive on their opening touch of the third quarter, which resulted in a 22-yard
Adam Vinatieri field goal.
Early in the fourth Brown's four-yard touchdown plunge made it a 20-10 game,
but Painter was intercepted by Barrett Ruud on the team's next drive and the
Titans capitalized with Hasselbeck's 14-yard touchdown pass to Washington
The Titans' defense then put the game away, turning the Colts over on downs in
the red zone on consecutive drives.
"We needed to reaffirm that we were a good defense," said Ruud.
Bailey's block was the first on punter Pat McAfee in 172 career
attempts...Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne recorded five catches for
61 yards to move into 20th place on the NFL's all-time receptions list (822).
10/30 17:14:02 ET
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