Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (12) walks off they field after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 42-7. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Tim Sharp
December 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Although the Colts have another AFC South championship banner to hang, they know there is still a lot to play for Sunday when they face the Titans.

Indianapolis can't alter its playoff seeding, or another team's playoff hopes, with a win or a loss. The Colts are cemented as the fourth seed and will play the loser of the Bengals-Steelers game at Indianapolis on wild-card weekend, either Jan. 3 or Jan. 4.

A hot finish right before the playoffs would be the simplest way to turn the Colts in the right direction.

''For us, this game means everything,'' wide receiver T.Y. Hilton said. ''We get another chance to sweep the division and we want to go into the playoffs hot and that starts Sunday.''

If the Colts can defeat Tennessee, the dominoes will fall on career and franchise achievements.

The Colts' last division loss was at Houston in Week 15 of the 2012 season. Indianapolis is currently on a 12-game winning streak against division opponents.

The Colts won a consecutive division title this season for the first time since 2009-10; their longest division title streak is five (2003-07). They have won nine AFC South title since the division's inception in 2002, but with a victory Sunday, it would be the first time in franchise history Indianapolis went 6-0 in back-to-back seasons within the division.

Coach Chuck Pagano can also join Jim Harbaugh as the only coach to win 11 or more games in each of his first three seasons. Pagano missed a chunk of 2012 while battling leukemia, and interim head coach Bruce Arians helped get the Colts into the playoffs. Pagano gets credit for those victories and has a 33-17 record (including playoffs) at the helm in Indy.

Since a Week 15 win over the Texans, Andrew Luck has been spotty, throwing three interceptions and only two touchdowns. Luck has thrown for 300 or more yards in 10 games this season, but passed for just 109 last Sunday against Dallas.

The Colts were held to a season-low 229 total yards in a 42-7 thumping. Indianapolis had 1 yard rushing on 10 attempts, while the defense allowed Dallas to rush for 127 yards and pass for 250.

''Losing the way we did last week, guys take this personally,'' defensive back Greg Toler said. ''We just feel like we can play better and will play better. This is definitely a week going into the playoffs that we can get that (momentum) rolling with the chemistry we had.''

Speaking of momentum, Tennessee has not had any since its last win in Week 6. The Titans are on a nine-game losing streak and using their third starting quarterback. The opponent is not to be overlooked, though, and Indianapolis is committed to corrective action.

''You have to go into it clicking on all cylinders, not forgetting about or sweeping (Dallas loss) under the rug, but just learning from our mistakes and knowing that we can play better,'' Toler said. ''(We need) this final game, knowing we can get it done going forward.''

Indianapolis' opportunity to launch itself into the postseason coming off a big win is a primary concern. There might not be a player more prepared to make a difference than defensive tackle Arthur Jones.

Jones spent much of this season with an ankle injury and battling an illness. The fifth-year veteran from Syracuse has returned to 100 percent and will be ready Sunday. He has played in eight games this season, with 22 total tackles and 1 1-2 sacks.

''I would lie to you (if) I said this isn't a big game,'' Jones said. ''Everyone knows the importance of this week. After that, it's a one-game season.''


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