Titans 0

(13-3, 6-2 away)

Colts 23

(12-4, 6-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 28, 2008

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 0 0 0 00
IND 10 6 0 723

Top Performers

Passing: J. Sorgi (IND) - 178 YDS

Rushing: L. Ball (IND) - 13 CAR, 83 YDS

Receiving: D. Clark (IND) - 6 REC, 59 YDS

Manning, Colts stay hot

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts achieved everything they wanted Sunday.

Fast Facts

• Peyton Manning played the first series of Sunday's game and went 7-for-7 (Comp-Att) before being removed, giving him 3,839 completions for his career. That ties Drew Bledsoe for the fifth most completions in NFL history.

• The Colts recorded their first shutout since blanking the Dolphins 41-0 at home on Dec. 14, 1997.

• Marvin Harrison had seven receptions giving him 1,102 receptions in his career, passing Cris Carter for second place on the all-time list.

• The Colts held the ball for 25:45 of 30 minutes in the first half en route to having the ball for 38:20 in the game.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

Peyton Manning reached 4,000 yards. Marvin Harrison became the NFL's No. 2 all-time receiver. Dallas Clark broke a 42-year-old franchise record. And the Colts won their 12th game for a sixth straight season, extending their own NFL record.

Indy followed Tony Dungy's season-ending script to perfection, knocking out the individual milestones quickly enough for the starters to rest, and the backups put away AFC South champion Tennessee 23-0.

"We wanted to play well and get off to a fast start with our first unit, and we did that," coach Tony Dungy said. "I'm proud of our guys and the way they played. I like where we are, and I think we'll be ready next week."

Now the Colts head West, to either Denver or San Diego, for a first-round playoff game next week against the AFC West champs. Indy is seeded fifth and could not improve its playoff position Sunday.

But the Colts (12-4) still played well enough to win their ninth straight. They have beaten the Chargers and the AFC North and South champs during the streak and enter the playoffs with their first shutout since Dec. 14, 1997.

They even did it despite deactivating eight key players including Bob Sanders, last season's defensive player of the year. Tennessee (13-3) managed only 125 yards of offense and had just one first down in the first half.

Part of the reason was that the Titans followed a similarly cautious strategy. Coach Jeff Fisher put eight starters on the inactive list and yanked quarterback Kerry Collins after only three plays.

With nothing to gain after locking up the AFC's top seed last week, Fisher simply tried to avoid showing too much.

"They're playing very, very well, but there's a chance we may play them again, so we just lined up and played today," he said.

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The disparity between the teams, though, was stark.

Manning was 7-of-7 for 95 yards with one touchdown and a perfect rating of 158.3, extending his NFL record of 4,000-yard seasons to nine before leaving after one series. Dan Marino is second all-time with six 4,000-yard seasons.

Clark broke the franchise season record for yards receiving by a tight end, catching six passes for 59 yards. He finished with 848 yards, surpassing Hall-of-Famer John Mackey's 829 in 1966.

Harrison caught seven passes for 31 yards, passing Cris Carter (1,101) for second all-time, and now has 1,102.

Indy's backups were productive, too.

Jim Sorgi, Manning's replacement, finished 22-of-30 for 178 yards and gave his toddler son, who was attending his first game, something to remember. Sorgi led the Colts on four scoring drives and helped the Colts take control.

The Titans watched Manning move the Colts 90 yards on the opening possession, ending it with a nifty 55-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Addai, who lined up as a receiver. That made it 7-0 with 9:12 to go in the first quarter.

Things only got worse for Tennessee.

The Titans nearly lost a fumble on their first play and Indy fans wanted intentional grounding called on the second. After punting, Tennessee didn't touch the ball again for more than 13 minutes.

Adam Vinatieri connected on two short field goals to make it 13-0 and his third, a 38-yarder late in the first half, gave Indy a 16-0 lead and sealed Tennessee's fate.

Tennessee had only one real scoring chance, but Rob Bironas pushed a 48-yard field goal try to the right.

And the Colts wrote a perfect ending to a perfect second-half comeback.

"They're all special," said Dungy, who was photographed with his family at game's end. "But we really wanted to get that 12th win. It was a great way to end this season at home."

Game notes

Dungy said not to read anything into the photo op although he still intends to ponder retirement when this season ends. ... For the first time since 2003, the Colts had more punts in a season than touchdowns. ... Bironas' miss ended a stretch of 12 straight field goals, dating to Nov. 9. ... The Colts allowed only six touchdowns through the air this season, the fewest ever in a 16-game NFL season. ... Titans linebacker Josh Stamer hurt his groin. ... Titans third-string quarterback Chris Simms played for the first time in 26 months in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs821
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays3865
Total Yards125390
Yards per play3.36.0
Total Drives79
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-01-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

indTD9:24Joseph Addai 55 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 90 yds, 5:48
indFG0:20Adam Vinatieri 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yds, 7:18
indFG10:19Adam Vinatieri 21 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 51 yds, 5:02
indFG2:31Adam Vinatieri 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 42 yds, 5:53
indTD6:48Jamey Richard Fumble Recovery (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yds, 3:48