The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

December 9, 2012

Colts win a tale of two halves

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INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee had jumped out on top early on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Locker to tight end Jared Cook with 10:10 left in the first quarter. The Colts countered with a 4-yard toss from Luck to wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

From that point on, though, it appeared as if everything was going the Titans way. Bironas connected on a 40-yard field goal to push their lead to 10-7. Shortly thereafter, Witherspoon scored on the interception return on a play that most of the 64,688 fans in attendance didn't agree with.

It appeared that Luck's knee was down when he threw the ill-advised pass. He was scrambling on the play and was falling forward as he got rid of the ball after being tackled by defensive end Derrick Morgan. After a replay review, however, the touchdown stood.

On Tennessee's next possession, the Colts were penalized three times when it appeared as if Indianapolis' defense had thwarted the drive. The Titans picked up three first downs via penalty, allowing Bironas time to kick his second field goal of the half, this one from 31 yards away.

The win was a costly one. Indianapolis lost center Samson Satele (ankle), offensive tackle Winston Justice (biceps), inside linebacker Kavell Conner (hamstring), fullback Robert Hughes (knee) and Carter (ankle). The Colts were down to only one healthy running back (Ballard).

"This was truly a battle of attrition. We were down to our last lineman again and we dressed three backs and two guys got hurt on the same play. So Vick [Ballard] was all we had and that’s kind of why we had five wides in there in the second half because we had no more running backs. We had to give them a blow. I was really pleased with our defense getting turnovers," Arians explained.

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