The Tennessee Titans showed heart and grit in a season finale in which only one team had anything to play.
Indianapolis clinched a playoff birth for the ninth straight season, and Peyton Manning made sure of it. Manning went 27 for 41 with 264 yards and two TD’s. The sheriff broke two records as he passed the record for completions in a single season with 450, passing Drew Brees’ mark set earlier in the day. Manning also broke Gene Upshaw’s record of starting 208 consecutive games to start a career. He is also now one touchdown short of becoming only the third player with 400 touchdown passes, joining only Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
Both teams had a chance late in the game to close it out, with both fumbling away the opportunity. A fumble by quarterback Kerry Collins set up Manning’s final drive. The Colts went 35 yards in four plays, and set up a 43-yard touchdown that Adam Vinateiri sailed through like he has done in so many clutch situations.
This will begin a tough offseason for the Titans, when talks will begin about quarterback Vince Young and Jeff Fisher. Owner Bud Adams will have to decide if they will be able to work together in the 2011 season. Young was placed on IR after breaking his thumb, and questions on the relationship between the two began.