TITANS OUTGAIN TEXANS: The Titans outgained the Texans 354 yards to 332. It marked the fifth time in 2012 they had more yardage than their opponents. They are 2-3 in those games.
DEFENSE LIMITS TEXANS ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans defense limited the Texans to four conversions on 17 third-down attempts. The Texans’ 24-percent conversion rate was their second-lowest of the season through 12 games, behind only their 21.4 percent rate against the Bears on Nov. 11. The Titans defense only allowed a lower third-down percentage in one game this season—15.4 percent at Miami on Nov. 11.
TITANS LIMIT FOSTER TO 38 YARDS: The Titans defense limited Texans running back Arian Foster to 38 yards on 14 carries, an average of 2.7 yards per attempt. It marked the second time this season they held Foster, the NFL’s second-leading rusher through 11 weeks, to less than 100 yards. In the first matchup on Sept. 30, Foster gained 86 yards on 24 attempts (3.6 per carry).
300 YARDS FOR LOCKER: For the second time in seven career starts, Titans quarterback Jake Locker reached the 300-yard passing mark. He finished the game with 21 completions, 309 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions on 45 attempts. Additionally, he rushed for 38 yards on four attempts to give him 347 combined passing and rushing yards. Locker previously reached the 300-yard passing mark in a game earlier this season against the Detroit Lions (Sept. 23).
WRIGHT SETS CAREER HIGH IN YARDS: Titans rookie receiver Kendall Wright led the team with six receptions and set a new high with 78 receiving yards. His previous career high was 71 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 11).
WASHINGTON LEADS TEAM IN RECEIVING YARDS: For the fifth time in 2012, wide receiver Nate Washington led the team in receiving yards. Against the Texans, he caught three total passes for 96 yards. In the fourth quarter, he recorded a 49-yard reception, his second-longest catch of the season (71 yards against Detroit on Sept. 23).
TOUCHDOWN PASS IN 16 CONSECUTIVE GAMES: Dating back to the final four games of the 2011 campaign, the Titans now have at least one touchdown pass in 16 consecutive games. Against the Texans, Jake Locker and Kenny Britt connected for a 34-yard score.
BRITT CATCHES LONG BALL FOR A SCORE: Kenny Britt’s 34-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter gave him three touchdowns in 2012 and 18 in his four-year career.
LOCKER TOUCHDOWN PASS: In the third quarter, Jake Locker connected with Kenny Britt for a 34-yard touchdown pass. The play gave Locker eight touchdown passes in 2012 and 12 touchdown passes in his two-year career.
OFFENSIVE LINE FORCED TO SHUFFLE: The Titans went into the game with seven active offensive linemen. The one additional offensive lineman on the roster, tackle Byron Stingily, was inactive. Injuries forced them to adjust their normal lineup of left tackle Michael Roos, left guard Steve Hutchinson, center Fernando Velasco, right guard Deuce Lutui and right tackle David Stewart. On their first offensive series, Stewart went down with a fractured right leg, and Mike Otto entered in his place. Then, in the second quarter, Hutchinson went out with a right knee injury, and reserve Kevin Matthews was called upon to play. Roos momentarily went out in the third quarter, forcing the Titans to field a lineup of Otto at right tackle, Hutchinson back in the game at left guard, Matthews at center, Lutui at right guard and Velasco at right tackle. When Roos came back on the next drive, they returned to a lineup (from left to right) of Roos, Matthews, Velasco, Lutui and Otto.
WASHINGTON EXTENDS STREAK: With a 19-yard catch in the second quarter, wide receiver Nate Washington extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 74, including all 60 games he has played with the Titans.
KERN HITS SECOND-LONGEST PUNT OF CAREER: With the Titans backed up at their own seven-yard line in the first quarter, Brett Kern hit the second-longest punt of his career, booting the ball 70 yards. The only longer punt of his career was a 71-yarder at Miami two games earlier (Nov. 25).
ANOTHER 20-YARD GAIN FOR CHRIS JOHNSON: On the Titans’ first series, Chris Johnson gained 26 yards on a run. It was Johnson’s seventh carry in 2012 in which he rushed for at least 20 yards. He entered the week ranked fifth in the NFL in 20-yard rushes. Johnson finished the game with 51 yards on 13 carries and 20 yards on four receptions.
MOONEY MAKES NFL DEBUT: Against the Texans, Titans rookie fullback Collin Mooney made his NFL debut. Mooney, a West Point graduate who spent the previous three years fulfilling his commitment to the U.S. Army, was signed as a rookie free agent during the offseason. He spent the first 11 games of the season on the Titans’ practice squad. Titans inactives included quarterback Rusty Smith, running back Jamie Harper, cornerback Ryan Mouton, linebacker Colin McCarthy, tackle Byron Stingily, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins and defensive tackle DaJohn Harris.