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Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts face Tennessee Titans in 'win or go home' week 17 matchup on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'

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Fri, Dec 28th 2018 05:30 pm

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (9-6) face the Tennessee Titans (9-6) in a “win or go home” week 17 matchup this week on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The winner of NFL #Game256 will earn the final AFC playoff berth, while the loser will miss the playoffs. Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. ET, followed by kickoff at 8:20 p.m., from Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

This Sunday night marks the first Titans “SNF” game since Oct. 11, 2009 (also against the Colts), and the fourth Titans game on NBC’s “SNF” since the package began in 2006.

The Colts and the Titans both have a chance to win the AFC South division title with a victory combined with a loss by the Houston Texans, who play the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in the day.

Calling Colts-Titans is Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 33rd season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. This marks the 10th season Michaels and Collinsworth are serving as the announce team in the NBC broadcast booth. In addition, three-time Super Bowl referee and “SNF’s” rules analyst Terry McAulay will join Michaels and Collinsworth in the booth.

The Colts have won eight of their past nine games led by Luck, who ranks second in the NFL with 36 touchdown passes. Luck, who is 10-0 all-time against the Titans, threw three scoring passes in the Colts’ 38-10 win over Tennessee in week 11. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton ranks sixth in receiving yards in the AFC, and scored two touchdowns in the teams’ last meeting in November. On defense, rookie linebacker Darius Leonard leads the league with 155 tackles.

The Titans have won four consecutive games overall and are 6-1 at home this season. Running back Derrick Henry is tied for the AFC lead with 12 rushing touchdowns and ranks fourth with 966 rushing yards, including an NFL-high 492 yards and seven TD runs in his last three games. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota hopes to return after leaving last week’s game against the Redskins with an injury late in the first half.

Mike Tirico will host “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m., alongside Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, NFL insider Mike Florio and “PFT Live” co-host Chris Simms from NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Liam McHugh will co-host “Football Night in America” on-site from Nissan Stadium.

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