The Titans made the most of an opportunity to end the first half but were unable to do so in the second and fell 20-13 to the Seahawks Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
“We can’t keep getting in the same situations. I thought our defense played well,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “Our defense kept us in the game, throughout the game. They did a nice job up here against a good offense. Our offense only scored six points. We had two turnovers and that’s not good enough.”
Tennessee took a 10-7 halftime lead on Seattle with a 77-yard fumble recovery returned by
“It was big. It gave us seven points going into the half,” McCourty said. “We talked about just coming out in the second half and playing our game, taking advantage of it, trying to score points on offense, our defense continues to get off the field. We just didn’t do a good enough job of that.”
McCourty forced and recovered the fumble by Chris Maragos, who bobbled the snap of a field goal attempt and tried to scramble. Maragos was filling in for punter/holder Jon Ryan, who was going to attempt the kick in place of Steven Hauschka, who had been injured earlier in the second quarter when trying to tackle
“When I saw Griff’ making the tackle, it was already fourth down, so the ball was going to be ours at the end of the half,” McCourty said. “So I was just trying to get the ball out. Once the ball was on the ground, you try to get seven points out of it.”
After the Seahawks (5-1) tied the game in the third quarter, the Titans had another opportunity for a scoop and score early in the fourth quarter.
|Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambles during Tennessee's 20-13 loss at Seattle. Click here for the slideshow from the game.|
“They’re a good defense but I think if you look at the game, we couldn’t get into a rhythm on offense and a lot of that is me,” Fitzpatrick said. “I didn’t play well today, really for the last two weeks, played poorly and we haven’t won a game, it’s hard for me to come in and I feel like the momentum has kind of gone into a halt the last two games and the way that we played on offense because the defense is still playing great and making plays out there and I’m not doing enough out there to consistently move the ball for the offense.”
The Seahawks built a 20-10 lead seven plays later when Lynch scored his second short touchdown run. That drive included a completion by Wilson to Lynch for a gain of 10 on third-and-four and an 18-yard pass where Sidney Rice artfully landed with both feet in bounds along the sideline.
The Titans got the ball back with 7:33 remaining and answered with a 14-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal by
Tennessee opted to kick the ball deep rather than attempt an onside kick, and Jermaine Kearse returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards. The Seahawks were able to run out the clock, assisted by a 5-yard offside penalty against rookie
Seattle finished with 404 net yards, compared to 223 by Tennessee and held the ball for 33:22, including more than 19 minutes of the second half.
Tennessee missed an opportunity to build on its 10-7 lead early in the third quarter when Fokou forced a fumble by Rice after a 13-yard completion. Griffin recovered the ball at the Tennessee 46-yard line, and the Titans were awarded possession at the Seattle 39 after a personal foul penalty was assessed to Michael Bowie.
A pair of incompletions sandwiched a 2-yard gain by Johnson, however, and the Titans were forced to punt.
“That was big; you have to be able to take advantage,” Fitzpatrick said. “That would have been a big momentum changer right there. The fact that the defense got the ball back for us and we were in good field position. To have a three-and-out there and have to punt is not a good thing.”
Seattle then mounted a 12-play, 75-yard drive that consumed more than six minutes and ended with a 31-yard field goal by Hauschka, who returned in the third quarter and played the rest of the game.
Tennessee appeared to be mounting an answer with gains of 8, 4 and 5 by Johnson, but a holding penalty pushed the Titans backward. Fitzpatrick completed a 14-yard pass to Johnson to set up third-and-1, but he had the wind knocked out of him on the play. An injury to bruising back