It was a win-and-in situation in Nashville tonight. The Colts and the Titans were battling for the last playoff spot, and the Colts were able to come out on top 33-17.
It was not a pretty game. The Colts gave the Titans every opportunity to stay in the game with stupid penalties and turnovers. But in the end, the Colts were able to come out on top. They didn’t play their best football, but yet they won to clinch a playoff berth.
The Colts dominated the whole game offensively. They moved the ball whenever they wanted to. They were the only ones who prevented themselves from moving it though. The offensive line kept having stupid penalties, and Andrew Luck threw a horrible pick six to get Tennessee on the board.
Marlon Mack was fantastic. He ran it 25 times for 119 yards and a touchdown. He did a great job running hard through the holes that the offensive line was giving for him. When the Colts run the ball as well as they did tonight, they are very difficult to beat.
The Colts defense was really the star of the show. They didn’t allow the Titans to get any sort of rhythm on offense. They only allowed 10 offensive points. At the end of the game, they had two huge picks to salt the game away.
Having this kind of showing in the last game of the season on the road is extremely impressive. They finish the season winning 9 of their last 10 games, and fighting their way to the playoffs. After starting 1-5, they are only the third team in NFL history to make the playoffs.
The road doesn’t get any easier from here. They travel to Houston to play the rubber match between the two teams. They split the series 1-1 in the regular season. But the Colts should enjoy what they did to get to this point, because they are one dangerous team right now.