INDIANAPOLIS _ Ryan Fitzpatrick had been on a hot streak for the Tennessee Titans.
But on Sunday, he fell back into this old ways of turning the football over in a 22-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Fitzpatrick's history has been one of highest highs when he is playing well and the lowest of lows then the interception and fumble issues occur.
Against the Colts, Fitzpatrick was intercepted three times and lost a fumble that killed a drive with the Titans already in field goal range.
"I didn't play well today in a lot of different aspects, but obviously in the turnovers," said Fitzpatrick, who finished the day 21 of 37 for 201 yards, one TD and a passer rating of 47.2. "You can't turn the ball over like that and expect to win in any game. ..
"It was a tough game for us and especially for me on offense and we didn't get the job done, and it hurts."
Cassius Vaughn with two interceptions, and Jerrell Freeman, who recovered the lost fumble and had the interception that sealed it, were the main Colts players who took advantage of Fitzpatrick's miscues.
The Titans were dealt two big setbacks on offense, especially in terms of the formations they could utilize Sunday when they lost tight end Delanie Walker to a concussion and later lost fullback Collin Mooney to a leg injury.
The loss of Walker in the first quarter and were already missing tight end Craig Stevens who was out with a concussion from the previous week against the Oakland Raiders. That left the Titans with Taylor Thompson as their only tight end, and when they needed to run plays from the two tight end set, which has been their base offense most of the year, they had to use backup tackle Mike Otto.
"I was just in there blocking. I'm not known for my route-running ability," Otto said.
Losing Mooney also meant the Titans had to abandon their two-back set as well.
"When injuries happen in a game, you've got to adjust a little bit, and I just didn't do a good enough job it at," Fitzpatrick said.
In the city where Jim Mora uttered the famous "Playoffs? Playoffs?" phrase that he became known for, the Titans have to be wondering the same thing with four games to play.
Tennessee ended last week as holding the No. 6 seed in the AFC wild-card chase, but after Sunday's setback, fell to 5-7, a game behind both the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, who are both 6-6.
The Titans now find themselves jumbled up with the Steelers, Jets and Chargers - all two games under .500 and hoping to piece together some sort of run over the season's final month to get back into contention. Tennessee has wins over all three of the other 5-7 teams, and ranks eighth in the playoff pecking order.
The other down side of the Titans' loss Sunday is they are now closer in the standing to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) than they are to the division-leading Colts (8-4).
"We know there are know pity parties in this league. We have four games left, and nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We've got to keep moving," safety George Wilson said.
The road doesn't get any easier as the Titans travel to face AFC West leader Denver on Sunday before returning home Dec. 15 to face Arizona. The season concludes with division rematches at Jacksonville and home against Houston.