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            === Comeback Colts rally for another win over Titans ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN  (Sports Network) - Adam  Vinatieri kicked a pair of fourth-
 quarter field goals to lift the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-23 victory over the
 Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium.
 
 The  Colts (9-4)  rallied from  a 13-point  halftime deficit  for their  third
 straight  victory to improve their playoff chances. Indianapolis has won seven
 of its last eight and is still within striking distance of first-place Houston
 in the AFC South. The 11-1 Texans play at New England on Monday night and face
 Indianapolis twice in the final three weeks of the season.
 
 Andrew  Luck  had a  subpar day,  but still came  away with  a win. The rookie
 completed  just 16-of-34  passes for 196 yards  with a touchdown and a pair of
 interceptions  for the  Colts, who have won five straight at home and improved
 to 6-1 at Lucas Oil Stadium this season.
 
 Vick Ballard ran for 94 yards on 19 carries in the victory, while Reggie Wayne
 caught  six passes for  64 yards with a touchdown and moved into 10th place on
 the all-time receptions list.
 
 Jake  Locker  threw for 262  yards on 22-of-35 passing  with a touchdown and a
 pair  of  costly second-half  interceptions  in  defeat. Tennessee  (4-9)  has
 dropped three in a row since its bye week and fell to 0-5 within the division.
 
 Vinatieri  drilled a 53-yard field goal to give Indianapolis a 24-23 lead with
 6:23  remaining and Locker  was picked off by Darius Butler less than a minute
 later to set up Vinatieri's 40-yard kick for a four-point game.
 
 The  Titans were  forced to punt it  away with less than three minutes to play
 and  three timeouts,  but never saw the  ball again as the Colts picked up two
 first downs to seal it.
 
 Luck  was  dismal in the first  half. He threw  a pair of interceptions -- one
 that  was  returned for a  touchdown --  and the Colts  went to the break down
 20-7.
 
 But  they used a  strong first offensive series, solid special teams and a big
 play on defense for two scores in the third quarter to move in front.
 
 Luck  directed  an 80-yard touchdown drive  to start the second half. He twice
 found  Wayne to convert  long third downs and Delone Carter scored from a yard
 away on another third down to finish the 14-play set.
 
 "He's  resilient," Colts  interim coach Bruce Arians said. "He doesn't let one
 play  dictate what's  going to  happen on  the next  play. He's got tremendous
 resolve. He looks at the pictures and he's ready to go."
 
 A Ken McAfee punt pinned Tennessee at its own one midway through the third and
 Locker  tried a  quick throw on the  first play, but Cassius Vaughn stepped in
 front of the intended receiver at the three and fell into the end zone to give
 Indianapolis a 21-20 lead.
 
 Tennessee  responded with a 16-play drive that chewed up more than 10 minutes,
 but  had to  settle for Rob Bironas' third  field goal of the day -- a 25-yard
 kick that made it 23-21 with 10:28 remaining in the fourth quarter.
 
 The  Titans took the  opening kickoff and marched 80 yards on nine plays for a
 touchdown.  Locker keyed it early with a 32-yard scramble and finished it with
 an 18-yard scoring strike to Jared Cook.
 
 Bironas missed a 57-yard field goal try on Tennessee's next possession and the
 short  field helped the Colts tie it. Luck hit T.Y. Hilton for 36 yards on the
 second  play and connected with Ballard out of the backfield for 10 to convert
 3rd-and-4  before  finding Wayne in  the back of the  end zone from four yards
 away.
 
 The  Titans  answered with a  40-yard field goal from  Bironas to move back in
 front  early in the  second quarter. A 46-yard pass from Locker to Kenny Britt
 on 3rd-and-8 set up the kick.
 
 Luck  then  gave Tennessee its second  touchdown with an ill-advised throw. As
 the  rookie was being dragged down for a sack, he flung a pass that hit Titans
 defensive   lineman  Will  Witherspoon  in  the  gut  just  five  yards  away.
 Witherspoon managed to hold on to the ball, then rumbled to the end zone for a
 40-yard return and a 17-7 lead with 4:40 left in the first half.
 
 The  play was  reviewed and  replays  appeared to  show that  Luck's knee  had
 touched the turf before he released the ball, but the call on the field stood.
 
 A  31-yard Bironas field  goal in the final minute send Tennessee to the break
 with a 20-7 advantage.
 
 "It's  another disappointing loss," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "We played
 a  good, solid first half  in a lot of ways, but let them get back in the game
 in the second half."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Luck  eclipsed  Peyton Manning's team rookie  mark of 3,739 yards passing, set
 in  1998 ...  Wayne surpassed Andre Reed  (951) for 10th on the NFL's all-time
 receptions  list ...  Witherspoon has  three career  interception returns  for
 touchdowns  ... Britt  caught eight passes for 143 yards, notching his seventh
 career 100-yard receiving game and first of 2012 ... Titans running back Chris
 Johnson  had  just 44 yards on  19 carries, but reached the 1,000-yard rushing
 mark for the fifth time in as many NFL seasons. He became the eighth player to
 accomplish the feat, joining Barry Sanders, Corey Dillon, Curtis Martin, Eddie
 George,  Eric  Dickerson, LaDainian Tomlinson  and Tony Dorsett ... Colts head
 coach  Chuck  Pagano, after  completing  a  third  round of  chemotherapy  for
 leukemia earlier this week, was in the building.
 
 
 12/09 18:07:59 ET

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