Colts vs. Titans live score, updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’ game

The winning formula for the Colts this season has been simple: Establish a strong running game, take care of the football and lean on a strong defense. That’s exactly what they did in their 34-17 victory over the Titans on “Thursday Night Football.”

Leading the way for Indianapolis was birthday boy Nyheim Hines, who had a career-best 115 yards of total offense; 70 yards and a rushing touchdown on 12 carrries, and 45 yards and a receiving touchdown on five catches.

Philip Rivers quietly played a crucial role, too, completing 29 of 39 passes (74.4 percent) for 308 yards. Rivers did a great job of taking care of the football while also managing to take a few deep shots, most of them going to rookie wideout Michael Pittman Jr., who had seven catches for 101 yards.

While the offense was solid, the Indianapolis defense and special teams were the most important factors in the win. The Titans were held scoreless in the second half, running 20 plays for 55 yards on their first three possessions. Those three drives ended in a 17-yard punt by Trevor Daniel, a blocked punt by E.J. Smith that was returned by T.J. Carrie for a touchdown, and a missed 44-yard field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski. The Colts put the ball in the end zone after all three plays, turning a 17-13 halftime deficit into a 34-17 lead with 9:21 remaining.

The chances were there for the Titans. They looked great on their opening drive, marching 67 yards in six plays for a touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to D’onta Foreman. Gostkowski hit a 50-yarder and tight end Jonnu Smith took a sneaky jet sweep in for a 1-yard TD run to give them 17 first-half points against the vaunted Colts defense. Running back Derrick Henry had another solid game, running the ball 19 times for 103 yards.

Tennessee’s defense, meanwhile, came up with two fourth-down stops, including a goal-line stand on the Colts’ first possession of the second half. But the game was flipped on its head by those first three Titans possessions to start the half. Suddenly in a big hole, Tennessee’s offense found itself chasing the game rather than dictating it. That made it harder for the Titans to get the ball to their brusing running back and forced their game-manager QB to come out of his shell. Tannehill finished the game with 15-of-27 passing (55.6 percent) for 147 yards and a TD. He went 5 of 13 for 40 yards in the second half.

With the win, the Colts (6-3) now hold the tiebreaker over the Titans (6-3) for first in the AFC South.

Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Colts vs. Titans  on ” Thursday Night Football .” Follow below for complete results from the NFL Week 10 game.

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Colts vs. Titans score

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Colts vs. Titans live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’

11:20 p.m. — FINAL: Colts 34, Titans 17.

11:12 p.m. — COLTS PUNT.  Rigoberto Sanchez punts for the first time tonight and the Titans get the ball at their 16-yard line, 3:01 to play. Backup QB Logan Woodside comes in for Tannehill.

11:05 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS.  Tannehill’s pass on fourth down sails out of bounds. Colts take over at their 12-yard line, 6:52 remaining.

10:56 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, COLTS.  Jacoby Brissett comes in for Rivers and takes the QB sneak for a 2-yard TD. Colts push their lead to 34-17 with 9:21 remaining.

Rivers help set up the play with this 40-yard pass to rookie wideout Michael Pittman Jr. earlier in the drive.

10:48 p.m. — MISSED FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT, TITANS.  Gostkowski misses from 44 yards and the Colts take over at their 26-yard line with 12:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. Rough ending to the drive for Tennessee after a holding penalty set them back

10:39 p.m. — END OF 3Q: Colts 27, Titans 17.  Tennessee has it, first and 10 at its 40-yard line to start the fourth quarter.

10:33 p.m. — PUNT BLOCK, TOUCHDOWN COLTS.  E.J. Speed gets in and knocks down Daniels’ punt. T.J. Carrie recovers it and jogs into the end zone. Suddenly the Colts have extended their lead to 27-17, 1:52 remaining in the third quarter.

10:26 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, COLTS.  Hines punches it in from 2 yards out and now the Colts lead 20-17 with 2:51 left in the third quarter.

10:22 p.m. — TITANS PUNT. Tennesse didn’t have much room to operate and the Colts get the ball back in great field position after a piddling punt — just 17 yards off the foot of Trevor Daniels — at the Tennessee 27-yard line, 4:09 left in the third quarter.

10:17 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS.  Colts drive all the way down to the 1-yard line on the first possession of the second half but Wilkins is stuffed on fourth and goal. Titans take over at their 1-yard line, 7:24 left in the third quarter.

9:50 p.m. — HALF: Titans 17, Colts 13.  Blankenship connects from 43 yards as time expires to cut Indianapolis’ deficit to 17-13 at the end of the half.

Decent job by Rivers to get Indianapolis in scoring position, including this third and long conversion. But sack forced him to spike the ball with 1 second left on the clock to set up Blankenship.

9:40 p.m. — TWO-MINUTE WARNING.  Colts have it, second and 7 at their 38-yard line, two timeouts remaining.

9:35 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, TITANS.  Jonnu Smith trots in for the 1-yard TD on a sneaky jet sweep. Tennessee leads 17-10 with 2:54 left to play in the first half.

9:19 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, COLTS.  Rivers dumps it off to Nyheim Hines, who takes it in for the 13-yard score to tie it up, 10-10 with 7:49 remaining in the second quarter. That’ll be a nice little birthday present from Hines.

9:09 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, TITANS.  Stephen Gostkowski nails a 50-yarder to extend Tennessee’s lead to 10-3 with 11:12 left in the first half.

Titans may have stalled out, but they started to get Derrick Henry more involved on this drive, including this 20-yard run around the right side.

9:01 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Titans 7, Colts 3.  Tennessee has it, second and 2 at its 34-yard line.

8:56 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COLTS.  Jordan Wilkins hesitates on a slant route and drops the pass from Philip Rivers on third down, so Indianapolis settles for a 24-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship. Titans lead 7-3 with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.

8:48 p.m. — TITANS GO THREE-AND-OUT. So no harm for Indianapolis after failing to convert on fourth down. Colts get the ball back at their 25-yard line, 5:06 to play in the first quarter.

8:41 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS.  Colts convert one fourth-down attempt but cannot convert a second as Malcom Butler comes up with the stop on fourth and 1. Titans take over at their 29-yard line, 6:54 left in the first quarter.

8:29 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, TITANS.  A nice first drive for Ryan Tannehill as he leads Tennessee down the field, capping it off with a 5-yard pass to D’onta Foreman on play action. Titans lead 7-0 with 11:50 left in the first quarter. Six plays, 67 yards on the scoring drive.

8:22 p.m. —  Colts win the toss and elect to defer. Titans will receive the opening kickoff.

(All Times ET)

‘Thursday Night Football’ start time

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 12
  • Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET

All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, now with more TV options thanks to the addition of Fox to the broadcast.

NFL Week 10 schedule

Below is the complete schedule for Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season.

Thursday, Nov. 12

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Colts at Titans8:20 p.m.Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV  

Sunday, Nov. 15

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Texans at Browns1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Washington at Lions1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Buccaneers at Panthers1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Eagles at Giants1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Jaguars at Packers1 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Bills at Cardinals4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Chargers at Dolphins4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Broncos at Raiders4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTV
Seahawks at Rams4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Bengals at Steelers4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
49ers at Saints4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV
Ravens at Patriots8:20 p.m.NBC, fuboTV

Monday, Nov. 16

GameTime (ET)TV channel
Vikings at Bears8:15 p.m.ESPN, fuboTV

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