JOHNSON’S RUSHING DAY:
CJ’S FIRST TOUCHDOWN: Chris Johnson crossed the goal line on a 16-yard run in the first quarter. His 39th career rushing touchdown was his first since scoring two at Buffalo on Dec. 4, 2011.
JOHNSON HITS 6,000: In the first quarter, Chris Johnson reached the 6,000-yard rushing mark for his career. He became the third player in franchise history to reach the mark, joining Eddie George (10,009) and Earl Campbell (8,574).
JOHNSON BREAKS AN 83-YARDER: With the Titans and Bills tied at 7-7, Chris Johnson notched his 40th career rushing touchdown on an 83-yard run. Johnson is now the NFL’s all-time career leader with four touchdown runs of 80 yards or longer. He broke a tie with four other players who previously had three 80-yard touchdown runs: Barry Sanders, Ahman Green, Hugh McElhenny and O.J. Simpson. Johnson’s run was the fifth-longest in franchise history and the fourth-longest of his career. Also, it was his 10th career run of 50 yards or longer. Johnson recorded his 13th career game with two rushing touchdowns.
THREE FRANCHISE BACKS EACH WITH 30 GAMES OF 100 RUSHING YARDS: Chris Johnson reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the 30th time in his career. He joined Earl Campbell (39) and Eddie George (36) as the only players in franchise history to reach the mark. As a franchise, the Oilers/Titans are the only club in NFL history to have three different players with 30 or more 100-yard rushing games.
HARPER SCORES ON PAIR OF ONE-YARD RUNS: Second-year running back
FOUR RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS FOR TITANS: The Titans reached the end zone four times on rushing plays—two by Chris Johnson and two by Jamie Harper. It marked the first time the club scored four rushing touchdowns in a single game since Nov. 27, 2008 at Detroit. They have accomplished the feat three times in the “Titans era” (1999-present), with the first occurrence on Oct. 19, 2008 at Kansas City.
ANOTHER GAME-WINNING DRIVE BY HASSELBECK:
WASHINGTON SCORES THE GAME-WINNER: Wide receiver Nate Washington did not have a reception in the first half. However, he came back in the second half to lead the team with six receptions for 43 yards. On the game-winning series late in the fourth quarter, he caught a 19-yard pass and a 15-yard touchdown. Washington extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 69 (55 games with the Titans).
STEVENS SETS CAREER HIGH FOR A SEASON: Tight end
SACK, FORCED FUMBLE FOR WIMBLEY: On the opening drive of the third quarter, Titans defensive end
McCOURTY HAS AN INTERCEPTION IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES: For the second consecutive week, cornerback
TITANS REACH END ZONE ON OPENING SERIES: On their opening drive of the game, the Titans scored on a 16-yard run by Chris Johnson. It marked the first time in 2012 the Titans scored a touchdown on their first series. They recorded opening-drive field goals against the Patriots (Sept. 9) and Steelers (Oct. 11).
MOST FIRST-HALF YARDS IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS: The Titans totaled 260 net yards on offense in the first half, the most by the team in the first half of a game since Sept. 12, 2010 against Oakland (264). They finished the game with 390 total net yards.
RED ZONE SUCCESS: The Titans were perfect in the red zone against the Bills, scoring on all four of their appearances inside their opponent’s 20-yard line. Over the last four weeks, the Titans have scored touchdowns on nine of their 12 trips inside the 20, following a one-for-six success rate in their first three games.
PLUS-TWO IN TURNOVERS: The Titans were a season-best plus-two in turnover ratio against the Bills. They did not commit a turnover and recorded takeaways on an interception by Jason McCourty and a fumble recovery by Derrick Morgan (fumble forced by Kamerion Wimbley). The Titans extended their winning streak to 38 games when they have a turnover ratio of plus-two or greater. The last game they lost with a margin of at least plus two was against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 22, 2002.
PRODUCTIVE ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans converted nine of their 14 third downs at Buffalo. Their 64.3 percent conversion rate was their best of the season through seven games and their highest percentage in any game since converting 64.7 percent (11 of 17) against the Bills on Nov. 15, 2009.
LOW PENALTY NUMBERS: The Titans’ three penalties against the Bills tied their season low (Sept. 9 vs. New England), and the 25 penalty yards called on them was the lowest total of the season through seven games.
ONE-POINT WIN: The Titans’ 35-34 victory marked the 10th time in franchise’s 53-year history the team won a regular-season game by one point. They have one additional one-point win in the playoffs.
DILES STARTS BUT LEAVES WITH INJURY: With
INACTIVES: The Titans’ seven inactive players against the Bills were quarterback