8:15 PM ET, December 30, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Kerry Collins waited all season to prove his value in Tennessee. The Titans wouldn't have been celebrating Sunday night without him.Collins rescued his teammates in the most precarious circumstances, leading them to three straight second-half field goals in relief of injured Vince Young and helping Tennessee rally for a 16-10 win at Indianapolis that drew cheers from Nashville and moans from Cleveland.
Vince Young might be banged up, but the Titans don't rely on the TD pass anyway. They have the fewest TD passes of any playoff team (since 1978).
Indy ended a 10-game home winning streak against AFC South opponents. ... Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth left briefly in the first half after reinjuring his right hamstring, and linebacker Keith Bulluck left late in the game with an undisclosed injury. ... Justin Gage had seven catches for 104 yards to lead the Titans. ... Indy lost its final regular-season game in the RCA Dome. Next year it will move to Lucas Oil Stadium.
This game was played at the pace and score that favored Tennessee and thanks again to another solid effort from K Rob Bironas, the Titans are heading back to the playoffs. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher kept the game close in the first half, using his solid ground attack and stingy defense. As expected, Indy QB Peyton Manning and other starters were on the sidelines by the second quarter, but what wasn’t expected was Titans QB Vince Young would be on the sidelines as well with a quad injury. But backup Kerry Collins once again played well in relief of Young, guiding the Titans on three second-half scoring drives making some tough throws into tight windows. Collins would drive them there and Bironas would deliver the points. The Pro Bowl kicker was solid again, nailing the three kicks, including a 54-yarder.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.0||3.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-3||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||8:46||Chris Brown, 8 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 6:19
|FG||10:44||Adam Vinatieri 37 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 64 yds, 5:40
|TD||9:12||Craphonso Thorpe, 3 yd pass from Jim Sorgi (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 30 yds, 1:22
|FG||1:09||Rob Bironas 40 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 13 plays, 56 yds, 8:04
|FG||7:38||Rob Bironas 54 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 58 yds, 5:38
|FG||3:00||Rob Bironas 33 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 32 yds, 2:25