INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a big early lead Sunday, and the defense held on in the second half for a 24-17 victory over Tennessee.
Indianapolis (5-5) evened its record by winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.
And by earning their 11th straight victory in the series, the Colts climbed into second place in the AFC South.
For Tennessee (5-6) , it was more frustration against an old nemesis.
Luck was 15 of 28 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and one interception as the Colts scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions for a 21-0 lead.
Tennessee rallied with a 3-yard TD pass from Marcus Mariota to DeMarco Murray in the final minute of the first half and a 34-yard TD pass from Mariota to Tajae Sharpe midway through the third quarter.
But the Titans never caught up. Their last gasp ended when Murray was stopped for no gain at the Colts 19-yard line with 2:42 to go.
Indy’s T.Y. Hilton had five catches for 97 yards including an acrobatic TD catch in the first half, a ball that went through the hands of Titans cornerback Perrish Cox.
Mariota was 25 of 38 for 290 yards with two TD passes. Murray ran 21 times for 70 yards.