For the second-straight contest, the Indianapolis Colts played a game with playoff implications for both teams. The Colts hosted the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium as the two teams played for the second time in three weeks. The Colts beat the Titans on Thursday Night Football two weeks ago 30-27. Now, the Colts were gunning to be one game closer to clinching the AFC South while the Titans are trying to stay in the playoff race.
That’s just what the Colts did in their 22-14 win today. If the playoffs started today, we’d have this exact same matchup with the same circumstances in the same venue. The Colts would be the no. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs while the Titans would be the last wild card as a sixth seed. Both teams didn’t want to lose that positioning as the Titans were one of six teams at 5-6 in the AFC. A loss would have put them on the outside looking in.
Tennessee needed to win so they could get back in the division title race. It would have gone a long way if they do indeed play Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs on the road, as they would have beaten them in a playoff atmosphere just a month prior.
That’s why it was so important for both teams. Indianapolis took a huge stride in their playoff run as they’re now only need to win one more game and the division title is theirs. The Titans gave everything they had, but Indianapolis wanted it more.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru