NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans keep making mistakes at crucial times, and now they've lost control of their playoff destiny and possibly their last chance at a winning record.
A team that has scored 122 points in the fourth quarter this season couldn't score late, and a defense that had been so stingy couldn't get off the field when it mattered most as the Titans lost 22-14 to Indianapolis. Tennessee now has lost six of its last eight, and five of those losses have been by nine points or less.
Coach Mike Munchak said Monday they don't see some of the errors that may happen in games in practice and fix them when they do.
"It's the fact that unfortunately sometimes it's growing pains," Munchak said. "Sometimes it's you ... become a better team as you grow through some of the mistakes that do happen."
The Titans outplayed the Colts in so many categories: outgaining them 347-264 in total offense, holding the ball for nearly 34 minutes, sacking Andrew Luck five times and holding the Colts to five field goals. It wasn't enough to overcome four turnovers by Ryan Fitzpatrick, including an interception with 33 seconds left after driving to the Colts 33.
"We all know what covers up bad mistakes or mistakes is someone making a big play that overshadows some of the mistakes that are made by other teammates," Munchak said.
The Titans had one interception and missed chances at two others, including early in the fourth quarter when George Wilson dropped a ball that hit him in the chest. The Colts also fumbled the ball three times and recovered each one.
"Unfortunately when you lose it just makes them all worse," Munchak said.
Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said they can't point fingers at anyone because everyone took a turn making a mistake. He said the Titans are playing with passion and heart but need to correct the mental errors.
"That's been our biggest thing all season," Casey said.