Nyheim Hines caught a touchdown pass and ran for a second score, Philip Rivers topped Dan Marino for No.5 on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list, and Indianapolis Colts tied Tennessee Titans for first place in the AFC South with a 34-17 win Thursday night in Nashville.
Hines finished with a combined 115 rushing and receiving yards for the Colts (6-3) while Rivers completed 29 of 39 passes for 308 yards and a score.
“I’ve never had a game like this on my birthday, so my 24th birthday is going to be one I’m always going to remember,” Hines said.
“I knew one thing: I didn’t want to settle for average, I wanted to play great.”
With his first completion of the night, an 11-yard connection to rookie running back Jonathan Taylor, Rivers surpassed Miami Dolphins great Marino.
Rivers, in his 17th NFL season, ended the night with 61,666 passing yards. He also made his 233rd consecutive start and is one away from tying Eli Manning for the 10th-longest streak in league history.
“We were very balanced, kind of got in a rhythm with the no-huddle. This was a huge road division win,” said Rivers, in his first season with Indianapolis after spending 16 with the Chargers.
The Titans (6-3) lost for the third time in four games despite getting 103 yards on 19 carries from Derrick Henry.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill hit 15 of 27 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Tennessee wide receiver Corey Davis played a day after his older brother, Titus, died at age 27 from a rare form of kidney cancer. He was crying before kick-off, then finished with a team-high five catches for 67 yards.
“Since I was a little kid, I was always chasing after him and trying to be like him,” Davis said.
“I wore his number every year to copy him. He thought it was annoying, but I looked up to him tremendously. That was my idol, my hero. I tried to honour him tonight.”
The Colts will host the rematch in Indianapolis on November 29.