Colts hold off Titans again to reach .500
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts followed the blueprint to get back into playoff contention.
They started fast and finished strong. They were creative with play-calling and got a couple of good bounces.
And with the 2006 Super Bowl champion Colts watching every play, the current team did something to make the old guys proud: beat Tennessee again.
Quarterback Andrew Luck led the Colts to touchdowns on each of their first three possessions, and the defense staved off the Titans' second-half charge. Indianapolis has won 11 straight against Tennessee and still hasn't lost at Lucas Oil Stadium, which opened in 2008.
"Love the way the guys responded, loved the way we started the ball game. We went out and put 21 quick points on the board. The defense was outstanding," coach Chuck Pagano said after Indy moved into second in the AFC South.
The Colts have won back-to-back games for the first time all season and reached .500 for the first time. If Houston loses tonight to the Raiders in Mexico City, the Colts would be one game out of the division lead.
Indy rose to the occasion with several former stars in attendance, including receiver Reggie Wayne, who jogged to the corner of the end zone and did his former pregame dance at halftime.