NASHVILLE – Staring at their first 0-3 start since 2011, the Indianapolis Colts desperately needed a victory. And Andrew Luck led the way.
The Colts quarterback made sure Titans rookie Marcus Mariota will have to wait for his turn at a big victory in this AFC South rivalry.
Luck threw two touchdown passes 56 seconds apart in the fourth quarter as he rallied the Colts to their first victory this season, beating the Titans 35-33 Sunday.
"This win was big," Luck said. "That's a good Tennessee team, it's in the division, it's on the road. If this can jump-start a hot streak, then that's what we need."
Frank Gore scored two touchdowns for the Colts (1-2), who trailed 27-14 before Luck got going. Luck improved to 7-0 against Tennessee with another stunning comeback.
He drove the Colts 98 yards before hitting Phillip Dorsett on a 35-yard touchdown with 6 minutes, 49 seconds left to make it 27-21.
Dwight Lowery became the first defender to intercept Mariota with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. He picked off Mariota again to give the ball back to Luck.
Luck found Donte Moncrief for an 11-yard TD for a 28-27 lead only 56 seconds later.
The Titans (1-2) have lost 13 of 14 against their AFC South foe.
"This one hurts, because we had it," Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "This was the defending AFC South champs, and we definitely had this game. There were some positives to take from this game, but we're not into moral victories."
Trailing 35-27, Mariota drove the Titans for a TD to make it 35-33 and the chance to tie the game inside the final minute.
Defensive pass interference put the ball at the 1 for a closer chance at the two-point conversion, but rookie fullback Jalston Fowler was stopped for a big loss.
Tennessee's onside kick went out of bounds, allowing the Colts to kneel down for their first win after a rocky start for a team that was in the AFC Championship Game last season.
"This one was one for the ages, as far as I'm concerned," Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said.