It wasn’t as easy as maybe they were hoping it would have been, but for the Tennessee Titans, they will take the win and with it a trip to San Diego in the first weekend of the NFL Playoffs. Sunday night at the RCA Dome the Titans scratched and clawed their way to a 16-10 win over the Indy Colts JV team, taking home a 10-6 record, good enough to outlast the Cleveland Browns for the final seed in the AFC.
Tennessee got two late field goals from Rob Bironas, the biggest a 54-yard blast that put the Titans up 13-10 with 7:33 left. Their defense held a Colts team that was playing basically all backup players, and then Bironas kicked a short 33-yard field goal with 2:56 left to give Tennessee their final margin of victory.
It was a meaningless game for the Colts, and they mostly played it that way. Peyton Manning played into the early part of the second quarter, and after the Titans drove down the field on their first drive of the game to make it 7-0, the Colts offense seemed to be in stall mode for the most part, until they drove for a field goal at the 10:40 mark of the second quarter to make it 7-3.
That was the night for Manning, who was replaced by Jim Sorgi, who finally got the Colts a lead after a LenDale White fumble when he hit Craphonso Thorpe from three yards out to make it 10-7 at the 9:09 mark of the third quarter. From there, the Titans defenese took over, holding the Colts to zero points from there. Sorgi threw for 68 yards on 11-for-24 passing.
Young left the game for Kerry Collins, who had enough to lead the team on three second half field goal drives, one to tie the game, one to take the lead, and the final one to put the game away with just under three minutes left. Collins was a solid 10-for-13 for 106 yards. Young went 14-for-18 for 157 yards. The Titans outgained Indy 356 to 194, and held the ball for 35:32 to just 24:28 for the Colts.
The Titans will move on to San Diego, trying to get a little revenge for an OT loss a few weeks back in a game they felt they should have won. They will play the Chargers on Sunday afternoon in the final playoff game of the weekend.