DRAFT ORDER FINALIZED: The Titans’ 2013 draft position has been determined, and they will pick 10th in the first round. Tennessee was one of three teams to finish the season with a 6-10 record, along with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, and the three clubs will alternate the eighth, ninth and 10th picks in each round. The Titans are scheduled to pick 39th in the second round and 71st in the third round (order affected by the Cleveland Browns losing a second-rounder in the 2012 supplemental draft and a second-rounder being taken from the New Orleans Saints).
2013 OPPONENTS DETERMINED: The Titans now know all of their 16 regular-season opponents for 2013. In addition to home and road games against each of their AFC South rivals (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars), the Titans will face every team from the AFC West (on the road against the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders; at home against the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers) and every team from the NFC West (at home against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers; on the road against the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks). Additionally, based on finishing in third place in the AFC South, the Titans will have a 2013 home game against the AFC East’s third-place New York Jets and a road contest against the AFC North’s third-place Pittsburgh Steelers.
TITANS SET NFL RECORD: The Titans trailed 14-7 before scoring four consecutive touchdowns on returns. Linebacker
SEVEN SACKS TIES FIVE-YEAR HIGH: For the second time against the Jaguars in 2012, the Titans defense finished the game with seven sacks. The unit was led by defensive end
TITANS FINISH WITH TWO CONSECUTIVE WINS AT HOME: The Titans won their final two games of the season at LP Field. Prior to beating the Jaguars, they defeated the New York Jets 14-10 on Dec. 17. The Titans went 4-4 at home in 2012.
MOONEY GETS FIRST CAREER CARRIES: Fullback
KERN CAPS RECORD-SETTING SEASON: Against the Jaguars,
GRIFFIN RECORDS FOURTH INTERCEPTION OF SEASON: In the third quarter, sixth-year safety
WRIGHT TIED FOR ROOKIE RECEPTION LEAD: With two receptions for 40 yards against the Jaguars, including a 36-yarder, wide receiver
BROWN ADDS SACK TO HIS BIG DAY: In addition to his two interceptions for touchdowns against the Jaguars, linebacker Zach Brown added a sack. In the fourth quarter, he dropped Chad Henne for an eight-yard loss to give him 5.5 sacks in his rookie season.
SACKS ON CONSECUTIVE PLAYS: The Titans recorded two of their seven sacks on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter. Defensive end Kamerion Wimbley and defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks combined for an eight-yard sack on second down, and on the next play linebacker Akeem Ayers and defensive end Derrick Morgan split a six-yard sack to end the series.
BIRONAS MAKES 48-YARDER:
REYNAUD THIRD IN TEAM HISTORY IN TOTAL KICKOFF & PUNT RETURN YARDS: Darius Reynaud finished the season with 1,240 kickoff return yards and 410 punt return yards. His 1,650 combined kickoff and punt return yards ranked third in franchise history, trailing only
REYNAUD THIRD IN TEAM HISTORY IN KICKOFF RETURN YARDS: Darius Reynaud finished the season with 1,240 kickoff return yards to rank third in franchise history behind Marc Mariani’s 1,530 yards in 2010 and Bobby Jancik’s 1,317 yards in 1963.
REYNAUD’S SEASON AVERAGE FOURTH IN TEAM HISTORY: Darius Reynaud’s big day against the Jaguars boosted his season totals to 31 punt returns for 410 yards and two touchdowns. His average of 13.2 yards per punt return in 2012 ranked fourth in team history, trailing only three separate campaigns by Billy Johnson: a 15.4-yard average in 1977, a 15.3-yard average in 1975 and a 13.6-yard average in 1974.
REYNAUD SETS YARDAGE RECORD: Darius Reynaud returned three punts for 160 yards (53.3 avg.) against the Jaguars. His punt return yardage total set a new franchise record for a single game, topping Billy Johnson’s 127 punt return yards against Cincinnati on Oct. 5, 1975.
REYNAUD SCORES TWICE: With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Darius Reynaud put the Titans ahead 21-14 on a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first punt return for a touchdown in his career. Then, two minutes into the third quarter, he scored again on an 81-yard punt return. Reynaud set the franchise record and tied the NFL record with two punt return touchdowns in the same game. Only 13 NFL players had previously accomplished the feat, most recently Reggie Bush on Oct. 6, 2008. Reynaud now has three total career touchdowns. He scored earlier in the season (Sept. 23 against Detroit) on a kickoff return.
BROWN SCORES TWICE ON INTERCEPTIONS: Late in the second quarter, Zach Brown intercepted a Chad Henne pass and raced 79 yards for his first career touchdown. It was the team’s longest interception return since
JOHNSON OVER 1,200:
JOHNSON TIES FOR FOURTH IN CAREER TOUCHDOWNS: Chris Johnson helped put the Titans ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run. It marked Johnson’s sixth rushing touchdown of the season and the 44th of his five-year career. Including his four receiving touchdowns, Johnson now has 48 total touchdowns in his career, tying him with Ken Burrough and Ernest Givens for fourth on the franchise’s all-time touchdowns list.
TOUCHDOWN ON FIRST DRIVE: On their first series of the game, the Titans scored on a seven-play, 79-yard drive. Chris Johnson’s two-yard touchdown run provided their third opening-drive touchdown of the season. They scored eight total times on opening drives in 2012, including field goals and touchdowns.
HAWKINS SETS CAREER LONG: On the Titans’ opening drive of the game, wide receiver
WASHINGTON EXTENDS STREAK: Early in the first quarter, wide receiver
SIXTEEN-GAME STARTERS: There were seven Titans players who finished the 2012 season with starts in all 16 games: defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, safety Michael Griffin, cornerback Jason McCourty, defensive end Derrick Morgan, center/guard
TITANS INACTIVES: The Titans’ seven inactives in the game were quarterback