Colts' playoff hopes barely holding on after fourth-quarter meltdown

Ruben Hill
December 2, 2019

The Indianapolis Colts are kicking their way out of the playoff race. First the special teams failed them.

Jacoby Brissett is showing himself to not be the answer for this team.

On Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Titans' running back Derrick Henry put on a show as he rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown off of 26 carries as the Titans beat the Colts 31-17.

With this loss, it's time to tank.

Titans: Finish a two-game road trip next Sunday at Oakland.

Start the day smarter. Losing 4 of 5 isn't going to get you into the playoffs.

The Colts aren't capable of blowing teams out. Adam Vinatieri has missed kicks; the unit has botched the snap-hold and, on Sunday, they figured out a new way to fail to deliver in the clutch.

The Titans have been rolling as of late, especially since making a change at quarterback, with four wins in their past five games. That's because they have a powerful offensive line.

But the Colts still had a chance to come back. Sensing the opportunity of the moment, the Titans took a shot down field on third and short and Ryan Tannehill hit Kalif Raymond for a lovely, over-the-shoulder 40-yard touchdown grab.

What's upsetting for the Colts and their fans was it didn't have to go like that. Brissett's throw sailed high and was picked by Titans safety Kevin Byard. He may not have any weapons to throw to, but those mistakes can't be made.

Now, we did see some of the same old problems that plagued the Titans earlier in the season (we'll get to that later), but the Titans were able to right the ship and pull out a win.

Henry has also joined Pro Bowl Hall of Famers Jim Brown, OJ Simpson, Eric Dickerson, and Adrian Peterson as being the only 5 runnings backs in National Football League history to rush for over 145 yards in three consecutive games.

The Colts offense ran three plays after that turnover. They couldn't block on field goals for some reason, and as a result it was a 13-point swing.

Indy also lost a fumble deep in Tennessee territory with two minutes left when the Titans won a challenge. Predictably, it cost them later. Outside of two drives, the Colts defense was ferocious. "This is a huge AFC South game, and the Titans need to find a way to go get it no matter where it's being played, even Indianapolis". And three of those points were handed to Tennessee on a silver platter by Brissett.

Tannehill was 17-of-22 passing for 182 yards and two touchdowns - without an interception.

Backup corner/safety Rolan Milligan was the guilty party on that play. By way of his size, he has also been one of the most hard backs to tackle, and he showcased that mesmerizing blend of size and speed during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts when he scampered into the end zone.

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