Colts' snap counts from 31-17 loss to Titans



What did kill the game for the Colts were the special teams as a whole.

He threw a touchdown pass to a wide open Jack Doyle on the Colts' opening drive of the game after Anthony Walker forced a Derrick Henry fumble that was recovered by Malik Hooker. That's one play of 60 or 65 plays. And we knew we would make a big play at some point in the game.

In retrospect, we should have seen this coming. That set up a field goal that tied the game at 17-17 and further cemented Byard's place as one of the best, if not the best, safeties in the league.

"I loved (the way we finished)", Henry said. Get as good of a draft pick as you can. Tennessee's special-teams unit provided it with a game-changing blocked field goal returned for a touchdown. Tye Smith scooped up the loose ball and ran it back 63 yards for a touchdown that turned the tide for good.

The Titans just blocked a 55-yard field goal attempt by the veteran kicker, after he missed a 53-yard attempt earlier in the game. He may not have any weapons to throw to, but those mistakes can't be made.

Let's take a look at what we learned.

If there's anything the Colts have been able to count on as much as beating the Titans, it's Adam Vinatieri. As Smith streaked towards the end zone with the go ahead score, silence overcame the stunned Lucas Oil Stadium crowd of 60,361 and you could nearly sense the explosion of confidence on the Titans sideline. It doesn't matter which running back the Colts have in the game, they can run. But if they go even 3-1 the rest of the way and finish 9-7, Indy's playoff chances decrease to just 18 percent.

Despite getting the start in the backfield, running back Jonathan Williams played just 22% of the snaps. Moments later, Titans' quarterback Ryan Tannehill connected with receiver Kalif Raymond on a 40-yard touchdown pass, all but ending the Colts' hopes at a comeback.

Colts: Begin the final four-game stretch by visiting Tampa Bay next Sunday. Key number two about the Titans receivers.

Titans: Cornerback Adoree' Jackson left in the first half with a knee injury and returned briefly before leaving a second time.

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