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Titans-Broncos First Half Notes

Posted Dec 8, 2013

FIRST-HALF SCORING: The Titans scored 21 points in the first half, their second-highest scoring output of the season in the first half.  Their only game with more points in the first two quarters was Sept. 29 against the New York Jets, when they scored 24.   

BIG PLAY ON FOURTH DOWN: In the second quarter, the Titans faced a fourth-and-one at their own 49-yard line.  They elected to go for it, and the decision paid big dividends.  On the fourth-down play, Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a pass to Chris Johnson that went for a 23-yard gain.  On the following play, the Titans scored a touchdown.    

Shonn Greene breaks free for a 28-yard touchdown run, his second score against Denver.
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TOUCHDOWNS ON FIRST TWO DRIVES: For the second time this season, the Titans scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game.  Against the Broncos, they scored on touchdown runs by Shonn Greene and Chris Johnson.  The only other time they scored touchdowns on their initial two possessions was Nov. 14 against Indianapolis.  In one other contest—Sept. 29 against the New York Jets—their first two drives resulted in scores, but the scores were a touchdown and field goal in that instance.   

GREENE SCORES TWICE: Running back Shonn Greene scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter.  Then, in the second quarter, he found the end zone again on a 28-yard run.  It gave him five career games with two or more touchdowns, three touchdown runs in 2013 and 21 rushing touchdowns in his five-year career.

CHRIS JOHNSON FINDS END ZONE: In the first quarter, running back Chris Johnson scored on a three-yard run.  It was Johnson’s fifth rushing touchdown of 2013 and his 49th career rushing touchdown. 

BIG RETURN FROM WASHINGTON: In the first quarter, Leon Washington returned a kickoff 95 yards for the Titans to help set up a touchdown.  The return was Tennessee’s longest since a 105-yarder by Darius Reynaud against the Lions on Sept. 23, 2012, and it was Washington’s longest kickoff return since a 98-yard touchdown at Miami on Nov. 25, 2012.

GOODEN’S FIRST CAREER START: The Titans defense started in a nickel package with rookie linebacker Zaviar Gooden on the field, giving the third-round pick from Missouri his first career NFL start.

FITZPATRICK-TO-HUNTER BOMB: Early in the first quarter, wide receiver Justin Hunter turned a long pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick into a 57-yard gain to set up the team’s first touchdown.  The reception was the longest of Hunter’s rookie season and the team’s third-longest reception of 2013.

SCHIANCOE STARTS FIRST GAME AS A TITAN: In his first game since signing as a free agent on Dec. 4, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe started for the Titans and recorded a three-yard reception on the game’s first play from scrimmage.   

KICKOFF TEMP: The official temperature at kickoff was 18 degrees, making the game the fourth-coldest game in the 54-year history of the Titans/Oilers.  With five-mile-per-hour winds, the wind chill at kickoff against the Broncos was 11 degrees.

TITANS INACTIVES: The Titans’ seven inactive players were quarterback John Skelton, wide receiver Damian Williams, wide receiver Kenny Britt, defensive back Micah Pellerin, tackle Byron Stingily, tight end Delanie Walker and defensive end Lavar Edwards.   

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