- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 14.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher got blasted for not going for it on fourth-and-1. That’s a fair debate.
Fact is, when he punted it away to the Colts from the Titans’ 34-yard line Thursday night with 4:14 left in the game, his team still had a chance.
Indianapolis led 27-21 and the Titans had all three of their timeouts plus the 2-minute warning. But Fisher’s defense let him down as Pierre Garcon made a huge play, earning AFC South High Energy Player of the Week honors.
Peyton Manning threw a short, second-down pass to Garcon on the right. Jason McCourty, Chris Hope and Will Witherspoon all converged on Garcon about 3 yards short of the first down, but he bounced out of it and slipped a charging Michael Griffin. Garcon went 43 yards up the right sideline before McCourty caught him and tackled him.
The Colts wound up with a field goal, and the Titans wound up with too little time to overcome a two-score deficit. Indianapolis won 30-28.
The first-down reception and the yards after catch were a giant play by Garcon, who has had some very poor games for the Colts this season, with drops and communication issues with Manning.
But on Thursday, he caught two touchdown passes from Manning, helping the quarterback break out of a three-game funk and helping the Colts end a three-game skid.