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Titans Come Up Short Against Colts

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans   have run out of magic, at least against the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning threw for 312 yards and a touchdown, and the Colts held off Tennessee for a 22-20 victory Sunday when the Titans   couldn't pull off a final-drive comeback. This time, the Titans (1-1) trailed by 13 points instead of 14. But unlike last December, when Rob Bironas capped a similar comeback with a 60-yard field goal, the Colts collapsed around Young on fourth-and-4. That forced him to lob the ball away in the final seconds. Manning kneeled down to run out the final seconds as champion Indianapolis (2-0) reminded Tennessee which team remains atop the AFC South.

Adam Vinatieri had one of his worst days in years despite making field goals of 22, 39 and 20 yards. He had an extra point blocked and a field goal partially blocked that bounced off the crossbar before going over. He also missed a 36-yarder to the left after the Colts recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter. The Colts had every reason for a letdown in their first road game after unveiling their title banner in the season opener with a 41-10 rout of New Orleans. And they played without starting linebackers Freddy Keiaho (right elbow) and Rob Morris (ribs). Indianapolis allowed Tennessee 313 yards, including 141 yards rushing. That was well below the 282 yards the Titans had in their opener. The defending Super Bowl champs nearly blew a 16-6 halftime lead with Vinatieri's struggles and the Titans picking off Manning and sacking him twice in the second half. The Colts twice had the ball at the Tennessee 8 and had to settle for field goals. 

 Young, who looked so poised in becoming the first rookie quarterback to lead two comebacks of 14 points or more in 2006, finally showed his youth. The Titans had 98 seconds left and needed a field goal to win and improve to 2-0 for the first time since 1999. Young was sacked on the first play. He overthrew Brandon Jones on third down, then the Colts collapsed around Young on fourth down and he fumbled. Left guard Jacob Bell grabbed the ball for the Titans , but that was it.

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