Several notable starters played through injury but all of the Tennessee Titans had their pride wounded Sunday. As a result, their playoff hopes effectively were crippled as well.
The Titans (7-7) committed three second-half turnovers and lost 27-13 to the winless Indianapolis Colts at the Lucas Oil Dome.
The last turnover was an interception thrown by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the end zone with 7:19 remaining.
The Colts (1-13) rushed for 205 yards and put the game away on Donald Brown’s 80-yard touchdown run with 3:26 to go. Brown finished with 161 yards on 16 carries.
Hasselbeck played through a calf injury and completed 27 of 40 passes for 223 yards. The number of completions matched his season-high but so did his two interceptions, the first of which Jacob Lacey returned 32 yards for a touchdown that gave the Colts a 17-6 lead late in the third quarter.
Indianapolis went ahead to stay on Dan Orlovsky’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne on the team's opening drive of the second half. Orlovsky threw for just 82 yards but became the first Colts’ quarterback other than Peyton Manning since 1997 to win a game.
Rookie Jake Locker replaced Hasselbeck following the second interception and immediately led a scoring drive that got the Titans back within a touchdown.
Locker’s touchdown pass to Nate Washington with 3:43 left made it 20-13. The first-round draft pick finished 11-for-18 for 106 yards.
Washington played for the second straight week despite an ankle injury and had seven catches for 62 yards.
Jared Cook led all receivers with nine receptions for 103 yards — both career-highs — but also lost a fumble.
Running back Chris Johnson had eight receptions for 54 yards and 15 rushes for 55 yards. He limped off following his longest run — a 35-yard gain that led to Washington’s touchdown catch but returned to action a short time later.
Tennessee plays its final home game Saturday against Jacksonville.