NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Indianapolis Colts keep digging themselves into early holes — and proving they know how to come back and win.
Donald Brown ran for two touchdowns, Andrew Luck added another and the Colts rallied yet again, this time beating the Tennessee Titans 30-27 on Thursday night.
The Colts (7-3) trailed 14-0 in the first quarter and have been outscored 35-0 in the first quarters in their past three games — two of them victories. They also have trailed in six games after the first quarter this season.
“At the end of the day winning is what matters,” Luck said. “We were fortunate in this game to survive our mistakes and have a chance to win. … But we know that’s got to be fixed.”
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Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals, including a 50-yarder, and Coby Fleener had a career-high eight catches for 107 yards to help the Colts bounce back quite nicely from a 38-8 home loss to St. Louis. They have yet to lose back-to-back games under coach Chuck Pagano and are 8-0 coming off a loss. The Colts are back in charge of the AFC South, having beaten all three divisional opponents on the road.
The Titans (4-6) lost their second straight and fifth in six games, blowing the big lead. Chris Johnson ran for two touchdowns and 70 yards in the first quarter, but had only 16 yards after that.
“We’ve got to find that winning formula, whatever it is,” Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “We have to find a way to pull these games out at the end.”
Fitzpatrick did not turn the ball over in replacing ex- Husky Jake Locker, who is out for the season with an injury to his right foot.
• Peyton Manning was back at practice for the Denver Broncos, listed as “limited” on the injury report with a sprained ankle but looking more and more like a sure thing to play Sunday against unbeaten Kansas City.
• Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson missed his second straight practice with a knee injury, but the NFL’s second-leading receiver in yardage said he plans to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
• The New York Jets and nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed agreed to terms on a contract, reuniting coach Rex Ryan with one of his favorite players. Reed, 35, was released Tuesday by Houston.
• Dolphins guard Richie Incognito filed a grievance against Miami, according to ESPN, citing sources. He was suspended Nov. 3 for allegedly harassing teammate Jonathan Martin.
• Martin could sue the Dolphins for big money under a variety of workplace laws that make employers liable for bullying, harassment and discrimination — even if the team’s hierarchy didn’t know about it — according to several legal experts.