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Titans give Colts swift kick

Magic is in the air around the Titans. Just ask Rob Bironas.

Bironas kicked a 60-yard field goal - a franchise record - with seven seconds left, and Tennessee upset Indianapolis for its first victory over the Colts since December 2002.

The team that tied for the league's second-biggest comeback in the final 10 minutes last week against the Giants struck again Sunday against the Colts, who had lost only four of their previous 36 games.

With the wind at his back, Bironas needed every gust to lift the longest field goal in his career over the crossbar for his second consecutive winning kick. He's the sixth kicker in league history to hit from 60 yards or better.

"I needed that wind behind me today," Bironas said. "It was all at my back ... I let the wind take it the rest of the way."

Peyton Manning said the wind was a big factor for the Titans in the fourth quarter, and never bigger than on Bironas' field goal.

"The guy made a heck of a kick," Manning said.

The Titans didn't trail by 21 this time, but they were down 14-0 in the first half before starting this comeback with 10 points just before halftime.

They intercepted Manning twice, and rookie Vince Young threw for two touchdowns and used his legs to help keep the ball away from the two-time MVP.

Indianapolis needed a victory to clinch the AFC South for a club-record fourth straight year and its seventh playoff berth in eight years. Seemingly easy enough for a franchise that had won 12 straight divisional games coming into Sunday.

Instead, the Colts blew a 14-point lead for the first time coach Tony Dungy could remember and lost to the Titans for the first time in eight meetings.

Bironas is the second kicker this season to hit from 60 yards or further, and both won games in the final seconds. Matt Bryant hit a 62-yarder for the Bucs to beat the Eagles on Oct. 22.

Tennessee has improved on last year's 4-12 record by winning five of its past seven.

NOTABLE: Indianapolis outgained Tennessee 451-382, but the Colts only had the ball for a little more than 12 minutes in the second half, gaining only 47 yards in the third quarter.