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Carson Wentz on interceptions: ‘Beating myself up’ over late-game blunders that cost Colts in loss to Titans

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Carson Wentz doesn’t need the criticism on his two late game interceptions that cost the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. He’s his own biggest critic. 

Wentz had a horrific interception deep in his own territory that was returned for a touchdown with under two minutes to play that gave the Tennessee Titans a late fourth-quarter lead. Wentz was able to lead Indianapolis to a tying touchdown to force overtime, but threw a bad interception in the overtime period to Kevin Byard that catapulted Tennessee to the 34-31 victory. 

Wentz threw just one interception in the first seven games of the year. He had two in the final eight minutes of Sunday’s loss. 

“They both hurt me. No doubt,” Wentz said after the loss. “Especially they were already in field goal range. I trust our defense and I have confidence, but I put them in a bad situation. I forced that one. Hats off to them, but I have to make a better decision.”


Wentz’s first interception that gave Tennessee a 31-24 lead with 1:33 left may have been arguably the worst turnover of his career. The Colts quarterback faked a handoff to Nyheim Hines and didn’t throw a screen pass to Mo-Alie Cox, instead keeping the ball and trying to move to his left with two defenders right on top of him. Wentz tried to throw the ball away with his left hand, which came out horrendously and into the hands of Elijah Molden for the touchdown.

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“Trying to just dirt it. Just dirt it. Don’t force it. That’s what I was trying to do but next thing you know,” Wentz said in disgust. “Yeah, that one I am still mad at myself. Beating myself up over those ones at the end of the game for sure.

“They had it covered up pretty good obviously. Terrible play. Terrible play one on one, trying to find a way to just get rid of the ball and next thing you know I’m about to go down. So yeah, one I definitely want back. That one hurts a little bit.”

Wentz’s second blunder came in overtime when he faked a handoff to Jonathan Taylor and fired a pass in the direction of Michael Pittman. Taylor was wide open in the middle of the field, but Wentz forced the ball into coverage — and allowed Byard to pick off the pass and return it to the Colts’ 32-yard line. Randy Bullock kicked the game-winning 44-yard field goal four plays later. 

“I probably tried to do too much,” Wentz said. “I tried to force that one there to Pitt (Michael Pittman Jr.). He had a step on the underneath coverage, but (Kevin) Byard came out of the sky and made a heck of a play. I’m sure in hindsight I had the checkdown probably wide open, but thought I had Pitt and Byard made a great play. Those two definitely hurt for sure.”

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Wentz had his first game with multiple interceptions this year and threw the second-most pass attempts in his career (51). He finished 27 of 51 for 231 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, including his first interception in 212 pass attempts. 

The Colts needed Wentz to deliver in a big moment with any hopes of winning the division still on the line. Instead, Wentz’s interceptions sent them to 3-5 — three games behind the Titans for the division lead and Tennessee holding the tiebreaker by sweeping Indianapolis this year. 

The only hope for the Colts to make the playoffs now is the wild card. 

“It’s a long season. We know where we are at,” Wentz said. “Fortunately, a loss like this we got a quick turnaround. ‘Thursday Night Football’ is always tough on our bodies, but sometimes it’s good for your mindset to just move on past this one. 

“We have to learn from it. Mistakes we have to finish better. I have to finish better – no doubt about that. And we will.”

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