Game Notes: Titans vs. Colts

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BEST START SINCE 2008:** The Titans improved their record to 7-4, giving them seven wins in their first 11 games for the first time since going 10-1 to begin 2008.

SWEEP: The Titans' victory at Indianapolis gave them their first season sweep of the Colts since 2002, the first year of the AFC South's existence.

ONLY TWO PENALTIES: The Titans committed only two penalties for 15 yards, their best of 2017 in both categories through 11 games.  Their two penalties were their lowest since being whistled only twice at Kansas City on Dec. 18, 2016.

BOUNCING BACK FROM LOSSES: The Titans improved to 9-2 in games after a loss since the beginning of the 2016 season.

HIGHEST SACK TOTAL IN TITANS ERA: The Titans defense totaled eight sacks against the Colts, which tied for the third-highest total in franchise history.  The franchise record is nine sacks by the team, accomplished on two separate occasions: Oct. 14, 1962 against the New York Titans and Oct. 31, 1971 against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Previously in the "Titans era" (1999-present), the most sacks produced by the Titans in a game was seven (eight times), most recently on Dec. 30, 2012 against Jacksonville.

SEASON HIGH IN SACKS: The Titans defense recorded a season high in sacks for the second consecutive week.  They totaled eight sacks against the Colts a week after setting their previous high with three sacks at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

SIX SACKS IN FIRST HALF: The Titans totaled six sacks in the first half against the Colts, amounting to the highest total by the team in the first half of a game since at least 1994.  Since 1994, the defense totaled five sacks in the first half on three different occasions, most recently at Dallas on Oct. 10, 2010.  The Titans joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as the only NFL teams in 2017 with six sacks in any half.  Also going back to 1994, the Titans' six sacks in the first half tied for the most by the team in any one half.  The only previous time was Nov. 28, 1999, when the defense tallied six sacks in the second half against the Cleveland Browns.

DEFENDING HILTON: Entering Week 12, Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton ranked 11th in the NFL with 725 receiving yards.  The Titans limited him to two receptions for 15 yards, which tied his season low.  In two games against the Titans in 2017, Hilton's totals were three receptions for 34 yards.  He had one catch for 19 yards against them on Oct. 16.

DEFENSE ALLOWS ONLY 15 FIRST DOWNS: For the second time in three games, the Titans limited an opponent to only 15 first downs, tying for the second-lowest allowed by the team in 2017.  The defense gave up 12 first downs at the Miami Dolphins (Oct. 8) and 15 first downs against the Cincinnati Bengals (Nov. 12).

DEFENSE GIVES UP ONLY 254 YARDS: The Colts offense managed only 254 total net yards against the Titans, the second-fewest by a Titans opponent in 2017.  The Titans held the Dolphins to 178 yards on Oct. 8.  The Colts' 165 net passing yards also was the second-fewest by a Titans opponent this season (78 at Miami).

RED ZONE DEFENSE: The Colts offense entered the red zone four times against the Titans but scored only one touchdown.  The Titans defense forced field goals on three of the drives.

LIMITING SCORING: For the fifth time in an eight-game stretch, the Titans defense allowed 20 or fewer points.  Since allowing 16 points at Miami on Oct. 8, the Titans have allowed nine points at the Cleveland Browns (Oct. 22), 20 points against the Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 5), 20 points against the Cincinnati Bengals (Nov. 12) and 16 points at Indianapolis.

CAREER HIGH FOR JONES: On the Colts' first possession, defensive end DaQuan Jones sacked Jacoby Brissett for an eight-yard loss on third down.  In the second quarter, Jones was credited with a one-yard sack, giving him the first game of his four-year career with more than one sack.  The sacks were his first and second of 2017 and gave him 4.5 career sacks.

SACK SPLIT BY BROWN AND MORGAN:  In the first quarter, linebackers Derrick Morgan and Jayon Brown combined to sack Jacoby Brissett for a three-yard loss on third down.  It was the first half sack of Brown's rookie campaign.

SACK BY WALDEN: Reserve outside linebacker Erik Walden recorded his second consecutive game with a sack.  In the second quarter, he recorded a two-yard sack of Jacoby Brissett, giving him three sacks in 2017 and 35 sacks in his 10-year career.

THIRD SACK FOR WOODYARD: In the second quarter, Wesley Woodyard recorded his third sack of the season, taking down Jacoby Brissett for no gain.  Woodyard improved his career total to 20.5 sacks.

MORGAN AND ORAKPO SHARE SACK: In the second quarter, outside linebackers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo combined to sack Jacoby Brissett for a nine-yard loss.

MORGAN'S SACK TOTALS: With a pair of shared sacks in the first half, Derrick Morgan improved to a team-high seven sacks in 2017, the second-highest single-season total in his eight-year career.  Morgan has at least a half sack in seven of the team's 11 contests in 2017.  His 43.5 career sacks rank ninth in team history.

SOLO SACK BY ORAKPO: In the third quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo dropped Jacoby Brissett for a nine-yard loss.  Combined with his half sack in the first half, Orakpo's 2017 total improved to 4.5 sacks.  He has 61.5 sacks during his eight-year career.

SACK BY WILLIAMSON: In the third quarter, linebacker Avery Williamson was credited with his first sack of the season, bringing down Jacoby Brissett for no gain.  The play gave Williamson 9.5 sacks in his four-year career.

BYARD FUMBLE RECOVERY:  In the third quarter, safety Kevin Byard recorded his second fumble recovery of the season (second career), pouncing on the ball after it was fumbled by running back Marlon Mack. Byard recorded his team-leading eighth takeaway of 2017.  He also has six interceptions in 2017.

FIRST-DRIVE SCORING: The Titans' first possession was an 11-play, 53-yard drive that took more than six minutes.  It ended with a field goal by Ryan Succop and marked the sixth time in 11 games in 2017 the Titans scored on their opening drive.  They have four field goals and two touchdowns on those six occasions.

STICKING WITH THE RUN: The Colts defense limited the Titans running game to three total yards through the first three quarters.  However, in the fourth quarter, the Titans rushed for 89 yards on 13 attempts.

FOUR-MINUTE OFFENSE: With a 20-16 lead in the fourth quarter, the Titans offense got the ball back at their own 28-yard line with 3:54 on the game clock.  They proceeded to run out the remainder of the clock, keyed by a 12-yard run by DeMarco Murray for a first down, an eight-yard reception by Murray on third-and-five, and finally a 16-yard run for a first down by Derrick Henry.

WALKER'S SIXTH SEASON WITH 50 CATCHES: On his first reception of the game, a 14-yarder, tight end Delanie Walker became the sixth player in franchise history to record 50 receptions in at least five different seasons and only the fifth to do so in five consecutive seasons.  Other than Walker, the only players in franchise history with five consecutive 50-catch seasons are Ernest Givins (1986-1993), Frank Wycheck (1996-2001), Haywood Jeffires (1990-1995) and Derrick Mason (2000-2004).

WALKER PASSES DUNCAN: In the first quarter, Delanie Walker passed former Oilers wide receiver Curtis Duncan (3,935 receiving yards) for 10th place on the franchise's all-time receiving yards list. Walker has 3,962 receiving yards since joining the Titans in 2013.

MARIOTA GOES DEEP TO WALKER: In the first quarter, Marcus Mariota connected with Delanie Walker for a 37-yard pass.  The play was Walker's second-longest catch of 2017 and gave him 27 receptions of at least 25 yards in the last four seasons (2014-17).  In that period, Walker entered the week ranked third in the NFL in 25-yard catches.

WALKER SCORES: In the third quarter, Delanie Walker caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota.  Walker recorded his first touchdown catch of 2017 and the 32nd touchdown of his career.

WALKER LEADS: Delanie Walker led the team with 63 yards and tied for the team lead with four receptions.  It was the eighth time in 2017 he either led the club or tied for the team lead in receptions.

MARIOTA THROWS ANOTHER RED ZONE TOUCHDOWN: In the third quarter, Marcus Mariota completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker.  Mariota now has 37 career touchdown passes inside the red zone without throwing an interception in the red zone.

FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACK AND GAME-WINNING DRIVE: After his team trailed 16-13 entering the fourth quarter, Marcus Mariota led a fourth-quarter comeback for the seventh time in his three-year career.  He led a nine-play, 77-yard drive that culminated with DeMarco Murray's one-yard, go-ahead touchdown.  During the series, Mariota completed two of three passes for 29 yards, including a key 19-yard strike to wide receiver Corey Davis.  Mariota earned his eighth career game-winning drive and his fourth of 2017.  He previously was credited with game-winning drives at home against the Colts (Oct. 16), at the Cleveland Browns (Oct. 22) and against the Cincinnati Bengals (Nov. 12).

HENRY IMPRESSIVE IN FOURTH QUARTER: Second-year running back Derrick Henry led the Titans with 79 yards on 13 carries.  During the team's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, he was credited with five carries for 42 yards and one reception for 10 yards.  He helped seal the game with a 16-yard run on the first play after the two-minute warning.

SUCCOP EIGHTH IN TEAM HISTORY IN SCORING: With his 29-yard field goal in the first quarter, Ryan Succop passed former Titans running back Chris Johnson (350 career points) for eighth place on the franchise scoring list. Succop has 358 points since joining the Titans in 2014.  Succop added a 45-yard field goal later in the first quarter and made both of his extra point attempts.

DOUGLAS ACTIVE: In Week 1, wide receiver Harry Douglas was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.  He returned from injured reserve to the 53-man roster on Nov. 25 and was active against the Colts.  He posted one catch for eight yards.

MATTHEWS INACTIVE: The Titans' leader in receiving yards entering the game, starting wideout Rishard Matthews, was inactive for the contest with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice during the week.  It was the first game he missed since joining the Titans as an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Rishard Matthews, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Curtis Riley, fullback Jalston Fowler, guard/center Corey Levin and defensive end David King.  Matthews (hamstring) was listed on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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