Titans 17

(5-7, 2-5 away)

Colts 27

(12-0, 6-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 3 7 0 717
IND 7 17 0 327

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 270 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Johnson (TEN) - 27 CAR, 113 YDS

Receiving: P. Garcon (IND) - 6 REC, 136 YDS

Indy needs no rally against Titans to win 21st straight regular-season game

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning keeps finding new winning formulas, and the Colts keep making history.

Instead of another patented comeback or impressive air show, Manning opened December by playing keepaway from Tennessee and leading the Colts to a 27-17 victory for their record-tying 21st consecutive regular-season win.

Looking Ahead

The Colts and Saints are each four games away from finishing the NFL regular season undefeated, the latest in a season the NFL has ever had two teams which haven't lost.

Week Colts opp. Saints opp.
14 Broncos @Falcons
15 @Jags Cowboys
16 Jets Bucs
17 @Bills @Panthers

"You try to tell these guys that when you win a couple in a row, or three or four in a row, this is not normal," the three-time MVP said. "It's not normal to win 10 or 11 or 12 games every year. But these guys that have been here five years would tell me it is normal for us. That's all they've done."

For Indy (12-0), the milestones all seem commonplace.

Sunday's list included:

• Matching New England's record, set from 2006-08, with a chance to break it next week at home against Denver. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was on Bill Belichick's staff during the Patriots' record run.

• Extending their own NFL record of consecutive 12-win seasons to seven.

• Remaining undefeated, the first time in league history two teams -- New Orleans is also 12-0 -- have been unbeaten this late in the season.

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• And tying the 1990s San Francisco 49ers for most wins in a decade (113), a mark they could also break against Denver.

"It [the record] is one of those things we talk about. We kind of identify the milestones on Wednesday morning when we get in. We talk about some of the things we're accomplishing," coach Jim Caldwell said. "The guys appreciate it, but it's not something that goes to their heads."

It showed.

Colts players celebrated with a nonchalant stroll toward midfield, then shaking hands and trotting into the locker room as though it was no different than the previous 20 wins.

Fast Facts

• The Colts improved to 12-0 and tied the record for the longest regular-season win streak at 21. They also won 12 games for an NFL-record seventh straight season.

• The Titans' five-game win streak snapped after an 0-6 start.

• Peyton Manning threw for 270 yards and a TD to reach 25 TDs for the 12th straight year, the longest streak in NFL history.

• Chris Johnson rushed for 113 yards, his seventh straight 100-yard game, for the Titans.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

But the script was different. This time, Manning took a page out of Tennessee's playbook, relying an effective ground game and a ball-control offense to stymie the Titans' comeback hopes.

Tennessee (5-7) was the last team to beat the Colts, on Oct. 27, 2008, and it wanted to bookend the streak.

While Chris Johnson ran for 100 yards in his seventh straight game, tying Earl Campbell's franchise record, he finished with 113 yards and fell just short of a seventh straight 125-yard game, the Titans struggled in the red zone.

Twice in the second half, the Titans went for it on fourth down deep in Colts' territory and failed both times. Tennessee also recovered an onside kick after scoring a late TD, then turned the ball over on downs.

"We just didn't finish in the red zone," quarterback Vince Young said. "Our guys made some big plays, but we just didn't finish. Against a team like this, with an MVP quarterback, you have to score touchdowns."

The Colts, however, took another approach.

Joseph Addai ran 21 times for a season-high 79 yards and two touchdowns. Manning was 24 of 37 for 270 yards and one TD, Pierre Garcon caught six passes for a career-high 136 yards and the combination of quick scores in the first half, and Manning's ability to run clock in the second sealed Tennessee's fate.

Indy needed just 1:58 to take a 7-0 lead, on Addai's 8-yard run. After Rob Bironas' short field goal, Addai scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-3.

And when Young was picked off, Manning hooked up with Austin Collie on a 4-yard TD pass to make it 21-3 with 1:55 left in the first half.

Young answered with a 6-yard TD pass to Kenny Britt, but left Manning 20 seconds and two timeouts -- too much time.

Manning hooked up with Garcon for 18 yards on the first play and got 15 more when Titans defensive tackle Tony Brown drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Addai ran for 5 yards on the next play and Matt Stover made a 43-yard field goal to give Indy a 24-10 halftime lead.

That was all Manning needed.

The teams traded time-consuming drives in the third quarter and when Manning burned up nearly half of the fourth quarter with a drive that led to Stover's 36-yard field goal with 3:14 to go, the Colts were back in the record book.

"It will mean a lot if we look back at it after 16 games," linebacker Clint Session said. "Right now, it really means nothing to us. We're just trying to win every game we play."

Game notes

Three Titans players were hurt during the game -- safety Michael Griffin (shoulder), tight end Jared Cook (concussion) and fullback Ahmard Hall (ankle). ... Colts WR Reggie Wayne caught four passes for 48 yards and now has 1,035 yards receiving. ... Manning's TD pass to Collie extended his NFL record streak of consecutive 25-TD seasons to 12.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2423
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7764
Total Yards375358
Yards per play4.95.6
Total Drives1011
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-53-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

indTD13:08Joseph Addai 8 Yard Run (Matt Stover Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yds, 1:58
tenFG6:38Rob Bironas 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 69 yds, 6:28
indTD11:47Joseph Addai 1 Yard Run (Matt Stover Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 3:56
indTD2:00Austin Collie 4 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Matt Stover Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 42 yds, 3:48
tenTD0:24Kenny Britt 6 Yard Pass From Vince Young (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yds, 1:35
indFG0:03Matt Stover 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 38 yds, 0:20
indFG3:18Matt Stover 36 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 15 plays, 69 yds, 7:23
tenTD1:29Bo Scaife 17 Yard Pass From Vince Young (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yds, 1:51