They also snapped the four-game winning streak of the Titans, who made things interesting with a late run in the playoff race. Although, they were playing without starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was on the sidelines with a neck and foot injury. They were unable to reach the postseason in consecutive seasons, as first-year head coach Mike Vrabel fell just short of sneaking them in on the AFC side of things.
Blaine Gabbert got the start for Tennessee and suffered his first loss in three games this season, throwing two interceptions in the final 9:05 of regulation. The Titans have now dropped 13 of their past 15 games against the Colts, and end the season at 9-7. Derrick Henry, who was expected to play a major role with Mariota out, was held to just 93 yards on the ground.
Marlon Mack ran for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Colts, while Adam Vinatieri had two field goals, including one from 53 yards out. The Colts also took advantage of the Titans missing three key players on defense, and wasted no time jumping all over them on the road, as they scored in their second possession of the game. The Titans defense is ranked second in the league, allowing just 18 points per game, but they looked like a shell of themselves in Sunday's defeat.
The Colts will hit the road in the Wild Card round next week, as they will visit the AFC South Division Champion Houston Texans on Saturday.