The Titans make the playoffs! The Titans make the playoffs!
Tennessee overcame fumbles by Chris Brown and LenDale White, and Kerry Collins filled in successfully for an injured Vince Young to lead the Titans over Indianapolis.
Granted, the Colts took its key players out of the game by the third quarter, and backup quarterback Jim Sorgi was ineffective. But the Titans earned this victory and will go to the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Story of the Game: Great Quarterback Play
Young and Collins combined to go 24 of 31 for 263 yards and no interceptions. VY also had 19 yards rushing on four carries.
Young had a chance to light up the Colts second team defense before leaving the game with a quadriceps injury. After the game, coach Jeff Fisher said he expects VY to play next week in “The Rematch” against the San Diego Chargers.
Collins hit some nice downfield passes to Roydell Williams and kept drives alive late in the game. The Titans have a great relief quarterback in case VY goes down to injury at any time.
The Other Story of the Game: Assist by the Colts
Peyton Manning only played the first two series of the game. Thank goodness, because he was red hot. Manning was 14 of 16 for 95 yards. Most of the completions went to Reggie Wayne, who caught 12 passes for 87 yards in less than two quarters.
However, we know Colts coach Tony Dungy’s history. His eyes are on the Super Bowl and he protects his key players from injury late in the season. Thankfully for Tennessee, the Titans defense faced the Colts second-team offense which scored one touchdown, thanks to a fumble by LenDale White in the third quarter.
Here’s how the Tennessean’s sports writers predicted the Titans would finish in 2007:
David Climer: 7-9
Joe Biddle: 5-11
Jim Wyatt: 7-9
Paul Kuharsky: 6-10
Professional journalists shouldn’t wear rose colored glasses, but you wonder why none of the Tennessean sports writers expected the Titans to have a winning record.
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Go Titans. Beat the Bolts!
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