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Titans Remain Unbeaten/Whip Colts in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans keep winning, and

not even Peyton Manning could stop the NFL's only undefeated team.

LenDale White ran for two touchdowns, Chris Hope intercepted

Manning twice and the Titans routed the Indianapolis Colts 31-21

Monday night.

The Titans (7-0) have won an NFL-best 10 straight regular-season

games, matching the second-best streak in franchise history. More

importantly, Tennessee grabbed control of the AFC South away from

the team that has dominated this division in winning the past five

titles.

Kerry Collins outplayed Manning, throwing for 193 yards with no

interceptions.

Coach Tony Dungy had called this a must-win for Indianapolis to

have any chance at winning the division, but now his Colts (3-4)

have lost two straight in their worst start since Manning's rookie

season. The Colts trail Tennessee by four games in the loss column

with nine games left and New England visiting on Sunday night.

Manning had the Colts up 14-6 in the third quarter on two

touchdown passes to Dallas Clark against a Tennessee defense that

came in having allowed only one TD pass through the first six

games.

But the Titans came up big after tying it at 14 with 3:21 left

in the third.

The NFL's stingiest scoring defense stopped the Colts on

fourth-and-short on consecutive drives at the end of the third and

start of the fourth. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch stopped Dominic

Rhodes behind the line on fourth-and-1 with less than a minute left

in the third. Rob Bironas' second field goal, a 48-yarder, gave the

Titans a 17-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

On the Colts' next possession, Manning couldn't connect first

with Reggie Wayne, who failed to pull in a pass one-handed. Then

former Colts cornerback Nick Harper helped break up a pass to

Marvin Harrison on fourth-and-2.

Tennessee responded by driving 66 yards over 6:51, and White

scored his second TD - giving him 10 for the season. Hope picked

off Manning again with 3:38 left. Rookie Chris Johnson scored his

own TD on a 16-yard run and the sold-out crowd clad in Tennessee

light blue began celebrating another win.

Manning scored on a 1-yard run with 1:17 left, but Titans safety

Michael Griffin recovered the Colts' onside kick attempt that

didn't travel 10 yards.

Manning put the Colts up 14-6 with his second TD pass to Clark,

a 19-yarder on their opening drive of the second half. That seemed

like it might be enough on a night when all the Titans could manage

were field goals.

They eventually got a little help from the Colts, who again were

without Bob Sanders, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year,

running back Joseph Addai and cornerback Kelvin Hayden.

The Titans drove 80 yards in 14 plays capped by White's 1-yard

run on third-and-goal, assisted by an illegal contact penalty on

Marlin Jackson with a flag coming a little late after Justin Gage

had dropped a pass on third-and-5. Then Melvin Bullitt was called

for pass interference on tight end Bo Scaife, putting the ball at

the Indianapolis 18.

Tennessee then tied it at 14 when Collins rolled to his right

and found fullback Ahmard Hall for the 2-point conversion.

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