|Tennessee snapped Pittsburgh's 10-game win streak in home openers. Click here for the slideshow.|
TITANS ON KICKOFF WEEKEND: The victory over the Steelers improved the franchise’s all-time Kickoff Weekend record to 28-26, including an 8-7 Kickoff Weekend record in the Titans era (since 1999).STEELERS TOUGH TO BEAT EARLY:The Titans ended the Steelers’ 10-game winning streak in home openers. Pittsburgh had not lost in their first home game of the season since 2002.
DEFENSE BUCKLES DOWN ON THIRD DOWN: The Steelers converted their first three attempts on third down. After that, however, the Titans defense allowed only one conversion on 10 third downs, giving the Steelers a game total of four-of-13 (31 percent) on third down. Meanwhile, the Titans offense was six-of-15 on third down (40 percent).
TIME OF POSSESSION WIN: The Titans’ defensive effort and effectiveness on offense gave them a time of possession of 34:01. It was their highest time of possession in nearly two years. The last time they had the ball for more than 34 minutes was Sept. 18, 2011, when they controlled the ball for 35:52 against the Baltimore Ravens.
TURNOVER BATTLE: The Titans did not commit a turnover and had a pair of takeaways on defense — a fumble recovery by
TITANS SACK ROETHLISBERGER FIVE TIMES: The Titans recorded five total sacks against the Steelers. Defensive tackle
RUSHING DEFENSE: The Titans defense limited the Steelers to 32 rushing yards on 15 carries. It was the lowest rushing total by a Titans opponent since the Houston Texans had 30 yards on the ground (17 carries) in a Titans win on Dec. 19, 2010.
TITANS GRIND OUT RUSHING YARDS: The Titans rushed for 112 yards against the Steelers on 42 carries. No rushing attempt went for more than 11 yards, but the Titans picked up 10 first downs on the ground against a defense that finished second in the NFL against the run in 2012.
WALKER’S TITANS DEBUT: Tight end
WASHINGTON EXTENDS STREAK: With a big 14-yard catch on a third-and-13 in the third quarter,
BROWN TIES CAREER HIGH WITH SECOND SACK OF GAME: In the third quarter, linebacker Zach Brown recorded his second sack of the game, taking down Ben Roethlisberger for an eight-yard loss. Brown earlier picked up a one-yard sack in the first quarter. The two sacks tied Brown’s career high he set against the Jets on Dec. 17, 2012. He recorded 5.5 sacks as a rookie in 2012.
CASEY SETS CAREER HIGH WITH TWO SACKS: Late in the first quarter, Jurrell Casey recorded the team’s first sack of the season, dropping Ben Roethlisberger for a six-yard loss. In the fourth quarter, the defensive tackle added an eight-yard sack to give him a new single-game career high (previously 1.5 sacks at the Houston Texans on Jan. 1, 2012) and 7.5 sacks in his three-year career.
TITANS SCORE ON RUN-DOMINATED DRIVE: The Titans went up 7-2 in the second quarter after scoring on a 12-play, 49-yard drive that took nearly seven minutes. Eleven of the 12 plays on the series were runs, including a three-yard touchdown run by
BATTLE PUTS TOUCHDOWN ON THE BOARD: Jackie Battle gave the Titans the lead in the second quarter with a three-yard touchdown run. It was his eighth career touchdown and first as a member of the Titans. The sixth-year running back was signed as a free agent on the first day of training camp, and his role against the Steelers increased when Shonn Greene exited with a knee injury.
MORGAN RECORDS TEAM’S THIRD SACK OF FIRST HALF: On the last play of the first half, Coatesville, Pa., native Derrick Morgan recorded a sack, the team’s third of the first half. It gave the fourth-year defensive end 11.5 career sacks.
VERNER NOTCHES INTERCEPTION: In the second quarter, cornerback Alterraun Verner picked off a Ben Roethlisberger pass intended for Emmanuel Sanders, marking Verner’s seventh career interception.
WARMACK MAKES DEBUT: Rookie
FIRST CAREER START FOR MOONEY: First-year fullback
FOKOU PROVIDES BIG TAKEAWAY: With the Steelers driving and facing a third-and-one at the Tennessee six-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger and Isaac Redman mishandled the exchange. The ball bounced into the end zone, where linebacker Moise Fokou was there to record his first career fumble recovery. The fifth-year veteran was signed by the Titans during the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
INACTIVES: The Titans’ seven inactive players at Pittsburgh were linebacker