Rapid Reaction: Colts 23, Titans 20

January, 2, 2011
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Thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts’ 23-20 win over the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

What it means: The Colts finish at 10-6 and win the AFC South and the AFC’s third seed. The Titans finished a disappointing season 6-10.

What I liked, Colts: They were ready for a fight and didn’t hang their head when the Titans gave them one. Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon had nice TD catches. Indy showed the sort of resolve that’s gotten them through an injury-riddled season and into the playoffs. Adam Vinatieri’s third field goal, a 43-yarder as time expired, produced the winning margin on the final play

What I liked, Titans: Some real mettle in a finale with nothing at stake except lasting impressions. The Titans' defense did a pretty good job keeping stuff in front of it and forced the Colts to settle for a couple field goals in the first half.

What I didn’t like, Titans: A 61-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half was pretty risky, considering Rob Bironas didn’t come close and Antoine Bethea nearly returned it for a touchdown. They matched Dominic Rhodes’ mistake (lost fumble) with one of their own (Kerry Collins’ lost fumble) late in the game, allowing the Colts to drive to Vinatieri’s winning kick.

What I want to know: Where’s Garcon’s head? Yes, he had a pretty 30-yard touchdown catch. But there were too many bobbles, drops and mistakes from Garcon, who’d overcome such problems from earlier in the season.

Quarterback comparison: It was Collins who got to 300 yards and had a passer rating of 111.1, 11 points better than Peyton Manning. But Manning positioned the Colts for the winning points and Collins coughed up a terrible fumbled snap.

What’s next: The Colts will host the Jets in a wild-card game next weekend in a rematch of the 20109 AFC Championship Game. The Titans head into an offseason that starts with much debate on the futures of Jeff Fisher and Vince Young.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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