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Titans-Jets First Half Notes

Posted Dec 17, 2012

MORGAN ENDS FIRST HALF WITH SACK: Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan ended the first half with a seven-yard sack of Mark Sanchez.  Morgan now has 4.5 sacks in 2012 and 8.5 in his three-year career.

McCOURTY SETS CAREER HIGH: In the first half, Titans cornerback Jason McCourty recorded his third interception of the season and the seventh of his career by picking off a Mark Sanchez pass.  McCourty’s three interceptions represent a new career high for the four-year veteran.

JOHNSON HITS 1,100: In five NFL seasons, Chris Johnson now has reached the 1,100-yard mark for the fourth time.

JOHNSON OVER 100: With his 94-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Chris Johnson recorded the 33rd 100-yard rushing game of his career and his fifth of 2012.  Only Earl Campbell (39) and Eddie George (36) have more 100-yard rushing games in franchise history than Johnson.

CHRIS JOHNSON SETS FRANCHISE RECORD: In the second quarter, Chris Johnson set a new franchise record with a 94-yard touchdown run.  It topped the previous franchise long of 91 yards, set by Sid Blanks against the Jets on Dec. 13, 1964 and matched by Johnson against the Houston Texans on Sept. 20, 2009.  Johnson’s run was the longest in the NFL since a 95-yarder by Minnesota Vikings running back Chester Taylor on Oct. 22, 2006, and he extended his NFL record with his sixth career run of 80 yards or longer.  In the history of Monday Night Football, the only run longer than Johnson’s was a 99-yard touchdown by Tony Dorsett on Jan. 3, 1983.

MATTHEWS INJURED: In the first quarter, center Kevin Matthews went down with an ankle injury.  Fourth-year veteran Kyle DeVan stepped in to receive his first playing time on the offensive line as a member of the Titans.  Already, the Titans only had one starter on the offensive line—left tackle Michael Roos—in place from the start of the regular season.

AFALAVA STARTS: Third-year safety Al Afalava received his first start with the Titans and his first since he recorded 13 times as a rookie with the Chicago Bears in 2009.

WASHINGTON EXTENDS STREAK: With a 15-yard catch in the first quarter, wide receiver Nate Washington extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 76, including all 62 games he has played for the Titans).

MOMENT OF SILENCE: Prior to the singing of the national anthem, a moment of silence was held in honor of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting.

TITANS INACTIVES: The Titans’ seven inactives against the Texans were quarterback Rusty Smith, wide receiver Damian Williams, linebacker Colin McCarthy, linebacker Xavier Adibi, guard Mitch Petrus, tackle Daniel Baldridge and defensive end Scott Solomon.

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