Colts fall to Titans 34-31 in overtime in critical divisional game

Indianapolis Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – OCTOBER 31: Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Titans rallied to beat the Colts 34-31 in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Randy Bullock made a 45-yard field goal after Carson Wentz threw his second costly interception of the game.

The Colts are now 3-5 and three games behind the Titans in the AFC South, four games with the tiebreaker.

Elijah Molden intercepted Wentz at the Colts’ two yard line and walked into the end zone for what appeared to be the game-winning score with a minute and a half left in regulation.

Wentz had set the franchise record earlier in the game for the most straight passing attempts without an interception at 203.

But the quarterback put the mistake behind him quickly to rally the team. He hit Michael Pittman Jr. for 38 yards and then drew a 42-yard defensive passing interference on a pass intended for Ashton Dulin.

The penalty placed the ball at the Tennessee one yard line and Indianapolis scored on the next play, a direct snap to Nyheim Hines who handed the ball to Jonathan Taylor for the short touchdown run.

The Colts were looking great early after jumping out to an early 14-0 lead.

They converted two fourth downs on their first possession. Wentz hit Hines for six-yards on fourth and two from the Titans’ 32 yard line and found Pittman Jr. for a two-yard touchdown on fourth and goal to cap a 14-play, 82 yard drive.

Kenny Moore II then intercepted Ryan Tannehill on Tennessee’s second play from scrimmage and returned it to the Titans’ seven yard line. Wentz connected with Pittman Jr. on the next play for their second score.

Momentum turned at the end of the first quarter. The Colts went for it on fourth down a third time, but were finally stopped when Wentz’s pass to Pittman Jr. was incomplete.

Tennessee took advantage of great field position, scoring a touchdown to cut its deficit to 14-7 on a Tannehill to Geoff Swaim six-yard touchdown.

Indianapolis looked to wrestle control of the game back on a Tyquan Lewis interception, but he fumbled it back to the Titans. Tannehill connected with A.J. Brown for a 57-yard score on the next play to tie the game.

Michael Badgley made a 34-yard field goal right before the end of the half to make it 17-14, Colts.

Tennessee took its first lead of the game in the third quarter when Tannehill hit former Indiana wide receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine for a five-yard TD.

The Colts responded with a Wentz to Jack Doyle five-yard touchdown to go ahead, 24-21 late in the third.

Bullock converted a 46-yard field goal at the beginning of the fourth to tie the game at 24 and set-up the close finish.

The Colts now have a short week of preparation. They’ll host the Jets on Thursday night at 8:20 p.m. on FOX59.

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