INDIANAPOLIS -- Win and then hope.
The Colts need to beat the Titans and then get help from eight other teams in order to overtake the Houston Texans and win the AFC South, which would get them into the playoffs.
Here are three things to watch Sunday:
Who is the starting quarterback? Colts coach Chuck Pagano truly doesn’t know yet, or he doesn’t want to reveal who they will go with between Stephen Morris, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley. Morris has been on the roster the longest -- the Colts signed him on Dec. 24. “They’ve done a great job,” Pagano said. “You can imagine coming off the street and they know zero. We’re not going to throw everything at them, so we cut (the playbook) down.” Pagano joked that he might play them all.
Will Frank Gore reach 1,000 yards? Just like the Colts’ playoff chances, there’s a slim hope that Gore can become the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2007 -- he needs 109 yards to get there. That won’t be though, because 98 yards is Gore's season high. The Colts have gone 55 straight games -- including the playoffs -- without having a 100-yard rusher. “You ask him and the rest of the guys, the most important thing is the win," Pagano said. "To have a 1,000-yard rusher, icing on the cake. No. 1 goal: win the football game by any means necessary and then if that happens, that’d be phenomenal.”
Win it for Pagano? Barring a playoff appearance, or owner Jim Irsay changing his mind, Sunday will be Pagano’s final game as coach of the Colts. There’s no doubt Pagano's players respect him. They can show it by beating the Titans to finish 8-8 in a season that saw quarterback Andrew Luck miss nine games due to injury.