The Associated Press
NASHVILLE–Marcus Mariota shuffled around the pocket, carefully protecting a strained left hamstring that already cost him one game this season.
So the quarterback known for his legs showed off his arm.
Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left as the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 last night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL’s longest active losing streak against one team.
Titans’ coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota followed their instructions, doing whatever he could to lessen the risk of further injury.
Mariota was 23-for-32 for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor’s tie-breaking score.
The Titans (3-3) stopped a two-game slide overall and moved into a tie for the AFC South lead with Jacksonville and Houston.
Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second-straight overtime.
But Titans’ linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first-down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left before going toward midfield to celebrate.
Colts’ coach Chuck Pagano lost his challenge of the spot and said he wouldn’t blame officials.
“Disappointing to say the least,” Pagano said.
“Got to play 60 minutes,” he stressed. “It’s a recurring thing, I know that.”
Derrick Henry clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left.
Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries.
DeMarco Murray also scored.
The Titans looked like the NFL’s worst scoring defence in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead.
John Simon then intercepted Mariota’s first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.
But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.
Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop went 5-for-5 to break the NFL record for most consecutive successful field goals inside of 50 yards.
He connected from 48, 32, and 40 yards in the first half and then hit from 23 and 48 yards in the third quarter.
Succop began the day tied with Matt Bryant, who connected on 46-straight field goals inside 50 yards between 2013 and 2015 for the Atlanta Falcons.
Adam Vinatieri, the Colts’ accomplished kicker, got three field goals himself, including a 52-yarder.
But he missed an extra point off the left upright.