The Tennessee Titans playoff hopes officially died Sunday night at the hands of old nemesis Andrew Luck.
But the truth of the matter is, the Titans were on life support well before kickoff, as starting quarterback Marcus Mariota was unable to play, leaving a short-handed offense trying to keep up with the Colts in what turned out to be a 33-17 loss that sent Indianapolis to the postseason against Houston and the Titans home for the off-season to ponder what changes need to be made going forward.
The Titans finished 9-7 for the third consecutive season but out of the playoffs for the second time in those three years.
“This is heartbreaking. This is what you play for is the postseason. We’ve been in the postseason since Dec. 2, and it’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t keep it going,” left tackle Taylor Lewan said.
Statistically, the Titans were dominated more in the stats than they were on the scoreboard. The Colts put up more than 40 minutes in time of possession. Tennessee was just 1 of 9 on third-down conversions and had only 258 yards of total offense, compared to 436 for the Colts.