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December 9, 2012

Colts win a tale of two halves

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INDIANAPOLIS — Locker's second interception of the half, and the game, by cornerback Darius Butler set up Vinatieri's second kick of the day and gave the Colts some much-needed breathing room.

Even then, Indianapolis had to rely on its defense to close out the game. The Titans picked up one first down on their final offensive possession before punter Brett Kern was forced to kick the ball away. Luck and the rest of the Colts offense were able to pick up two big first downs, one on a 13-yard run by Vick Ballard and the other on an 11-yard pass to tight end Dwayne Allen.

Somehow, someway, Indianapolis had managed to register its eighth one-possession win of the season and improved its overall record to 9-4 and 3-1 in the AFC South. Coupled with losses by Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, the Colts chances of being the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs keep getting better. One win over the team's final three games of the regular season would pretty much clinch a wild-card spot.

"[The win was] something that we can obviously learn from. Why we played as poorly as we did in the first half, we’ll go back and try to evaluate because we seemed to be ready to play the ball game. Obviously we were not in any phase of the game other than Pat McAfee kicking the heck out of the ball," Arians said afterward.

"Second half, as we have in the past, we’ve come in and figured out how and what we needed to do in the second half of the ball game to go out and overcome what [hole] we had dug. Obviously first thing first was to get points on the board. That was a great drive to start the second half and our defense did a heck of a job getting some turnovers."

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