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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Moise Fokou penalty baffles Titans

By Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- T.Y. Hilton's 20-yard catch was finished and the first half clock was expiring.

Moise Fokou stopped it with a shove in the back of Stanley Havili. The penalty against the Tennessee Titans linebacker gave the Indianapolis Colts 15 yards and one play with a second remaining. Adam Vinatieri promptly hit a 37-yard field goal -- one of five in the game.

A free 3 points for the Colts en route to a 22-14 win over the Titans. That kick boosted the Colts lead from 9-7 to 12-7.

The play symbolized the Titans' season. They are undisciplined at key moments and allow opponents to take control and benefit.

"We can't do that, we just cannot do that," safety Bernard Pollard said. "We are walking into the locker room, they have three field goals. That gave them some life. You just can't do that…

"I had some choice words, those were bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep. We can't make those mistakes. It's hard to win in this game. It'd hard to keep powerful teams with really good players down. It's hard to keep points off the board. I think it was a 30 yards swing. (Actually 35.) It's ridiculous."

Fokou said, "no comment" to direct questions about the penalty, which is quite an impressive way to be accountable for a big mistake.

After more questions that were more about a play like that and less specifically about his, he relented a bit.

"It's frustrating," he said. "It's never a good thing to give up easy points, you can't do that, you can't win doing that."

Coach Mike Munchak leaned heavily on not having seen it.

"Obviously you can't do something like that," he said. "I don't think a lot goes through your mind when it happens. I think it's instinct or quick reaction, I don't know. I don't know why something like that would happen, it shouldn't happen."

Instinct?

That's what the Titans need, guys with instincts that tell them to hand away 15 yards and field goal opportunities.

Fans should be starting to count how many times Munchak says "I don't know" as well as another favorite, "for whatever reason."

More to come on him and the state of his team that scares no one else in the AFC South.