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INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri still has it. Donald Brown does, too.
When both delivered throwback performances Sunday, it lifted the Indianapolis Colts closer to the playoffs.
Vinatieri, at 40 the oldest player in the league, tied a career high with five field goals, four from 45 yards or longer. Brown, the Colts’ forgotten 2009 first-round pick, scored on a 4-yard TD run with 1:56 left to give Indianapolis a 22-14 victory over Tennessee.
‘‘Those are by no means chip shots,’’ Andrew Luck said after another troubling offensive showing with only 264 total yards. ‘‘To have a guy like that [Vinatieri], it really makes a difference.’’
Indy (8-4) has a three-game lead over the Titans (5-7) with four left and a sweep of the season series. The Colts can wrap up their eighth AFC South title in 11 seasons with one more win, one more Titans loss, or a tie by either team.