NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Indianapolis Colts keep digging themselves into early holes - and proving they know how to come back and win.
The Colts (7-3) trailed 14-0 in the first quarter and have been outscored 35-0 in the first quarters in their past three games - two of them victories. They also have trailed in six games after the first quarter this season.
"At the end of the day winning is what matters," Luck said. "We were fortunate in this game to survive our mistakes and have a chance to win. ... But we know that's got to be fixed."
Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals, including a 50-yarder, and Coby Fleener had a career-high eight catches for 107 yards to help the Colts bounce back quite nicely from a 38-8 home loss to St. Louis. They have yet to lose back-to-back games under coach Chuck Pagano and are 8-0 coming off a loss.
"Obviously, starting out like that is something we're all too familiar with," Fleener said. "That's something we have to work and get corrected."
The Colts are back in charge of the AFC South too, now having beaten all three divisional opponents on the road.
"We're not worried about that yet," Luck said. "We're worried about this next game."
Fitzpatrick drove the Titans 80 yards in four plays, capping the drive with a 19-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker with 1:54 left. But the Titans, just like they did in becoming the first team to lose to Jacksonville this season on Sunday, couldn't execute an onside kick with the ball not even covering 10 yards before Colts linebacker Pat Angerer covered it up.
Indianapolis sealed the victory with an 11-play drive capped by Brown with an 11-yard TD with 3:01 left, and the Colts ran on 10 of the 11 plays for 60 yards. That was the Colts' fourth drive of 11 plays or more, and Brown praised the maligned offensive line for a phenomenal job. So did Pagano, who said the linemen took it personally.
"They had a point to prove," Pagano said.
Luck finished 23 of 36 for 232 yards passing.
The Titans came out with the start they only wish they had Sunday losing to Jacksonville 29-27. Fitzpatrick did not turn the ball over once replacing Jake Locker, who's out the rest of the season with a Lisfrac injury to his right foot.
The Colts won their fourth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games over their divisional rival with Vinatieri's 30-yard field goal as the first half expired helping settle the Colts down. That was the first of 20 straight points as they dominated in the third quarter holding the ball for more than 11 minutes in taking a 23-17 lead.
They opened the third quarter with an 11-play drive where Luck completed all five of his passes for 42 yards, including two on third down. Brown capped the drive with a 7-yard TD.
The Colts forced Tennessee three-and-out, and the Titans finally held in forcing Indianapolis to a field goal. Vinatieri kicked his third of the night, a 50-yarder that went just over the crossbar. That capped 17 unanswered points in the third quarter as Luck connected on his first eight passes and was 9 of 11 for 71 yards in the quarter.
NOTES: Vinatieri tied his career best with his fourth field goal from at least 50 yards this season. He is 4 of 6 this season in that range. ... The Colts are 8-0 under Pagano when not turning over the ball. ... The Colts improved to 4-1 on the road this season. ... Walker caught a career-high 10 passes for 91 yards. ... Titans WR Justin Hunter was being evaluated for a head injury.
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