The good and bad for Colts as they keep playoff hopes alive against Titans

The “cardiac” Colts get another tight victory over division rival Tennessee Titans as they sweep the season series with in the first game of December football. This is the first sweep of Tennessee since 2018.
Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans
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The Indianapolis Colts keep their playoff hopes alive with another divisional win on the road against the Tennessee Titans. A 31-28 overtime victory helped Indy sweep the Titans for the first time since 2018. Along with the sweep, this moves Indianapolis to 5-1 on the road this season, as they gave Tennessee its first home loss.

With the division only slightly still in play, the wild card will be the Colts best chance to make it into the playoffs where they will have to go on the road. With five regular season games left to be played, let’s dive into the good and the bad from Indy’s Week 13 battle.

The good from Colts in Week 13

Colts special teams

We have been waiting for a breakout moment from this unit and we finally got it this week against Tennessee. Last year, under Bubba Ventrone, we saw impactful moments all year but this year we have seen some mistakes and was mostly chalked up to learning the new system under first year coordinator Brian Mason. However, Sunday was the most impactful game as the special teams unit made two explosive back-to-back punt blocks that completely changed the momentum of the game and really helped secure the victory over Tennessee.

On the first punt block, little used Nick Cross had maybe the best play of his career so far by finding a crease in the line and got through to make a key block, which was scooped up by Grant Stuard for a touchdown. On the second, it was a designed block with Tony Brown moving off the wide set and went completely untouched to the punter and made the block. LB Segun Olubi was able to recover the ball and put the Colts in the redzone.

Other highlights included two terrific returns by WR Isaiah McKenzie to setup two scoring drives and we saw another perfect day from kicker Matt Gay who went 4-of-4 with a long of 46 yards.