Game Notes: Titans at Falcons

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TEAM NOTES

·         The win over the Falcons gave the Titans five consecutive victories over NFC opponents.

·         The Titans did not turn the ball over on offense and recorded one takeaway on defense. They have six takeaways and one turnover this season to give them a plus-five turnover margin. 

·         The Titanswon the field position battle for most of the game. Their average starting field position was their 33-yard line, while the Falcons began drives on average at their own 16-yard line.

TEAM NOTES – DEFENSE

·         For the second time in four games, the Titans defense produced five sacks, tying for the highest team total since the beginning of the 2018 campaign. Outside linebacker Harold Landry led the squad with two sacks.

·         The defense came up with three stops against the Falcons on fourth down, beginning with an initial fourth-down stop in the second quarter. With the Falcons scrimmaging from the Tennessee 39-yard line on fourth-and-one, Jurrell Casey and Kenny Vaccaro were credited with stopping running back Davonta Freeman for a one-yard loss.

·         In the third quarter, the defense produced its second stop on fourth down. With the Falcons going for it on fourth-and-one at the Tennessee 30, Harold Landry was credited with a nine-yard sack.

·         In the fourth quarter, the defense produced its third stop on fourth down. With the Falcons facing a fourth-and-one at the Tennessee 25, Jayon Brown was credited with a one-yard sack.

·         Limited Atlanta rushers to 58 rushing yards on 17 attempts (3.4 avg.). 

·         Did not allow Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw a touchdown pass, breaking Ryan's streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.

·         Allowed Julio Jones only four receptions for 52 yards. His four receptions made up his lowest total in a game since he had four catches against Carolina on Dec. 23, 2018.

TEAM NOTES – OFFENSE

·         The Titans' 24 points in the first half were the most by the team in the first half of a game since scoring 24 points in the first two quarters against the New England Patriots on Nov. 11, 2018. 

·         The offense did not allow a sack for the first time in 2019. 

·         Eight different offensive players caught at least one pass in the game.

·         Converted six third downs on 13 attempts (46.2 percent), giving them 14 conversions on 30 attempts (46.7 percent) in their last two games.

WR A.J. BROWN

·         Led the team with 94 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions.

·         Turned a pass from Marcus Mariota into a 55=yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. It was his first career touchdown reception and his longest reception through four NFL games. 

·         Later in the first quarter, scored his second touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Mariota.

·         Became the first Titans rookie with two or more touchdown receptions in a game since Chris Sandersagainst the Denver Broncos on Nov. 26, 1995.

·         Aside from Dane Cruikshank's 66-yard touchdown reception on a fake punt in 2018, Brown's 55-yard touchdown catch was the longest touchdown reception by a Titans rookie since Chris Sanders' 76-yard score at Pittsburgh on Dec. 3, 1995.

·         Notched a 28-yard reception in the second quarter.

ILB JAYON BROWN

·         Recorded his first sack of the season. In the fourth quarter, with the Falcons facing a fourth-and-one at the Tennessee 25-yard line, he was credited with a one-yard sack of quarterback Matt Ryan.

DT JURRELL CASEY

·         Late in the first quarter, tallied a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the same play – marking the first time in his career he accomplished the feat. He knocked the ball out of the hands of Matt Ryan to record his 47th career sack of his career (first of 2019), his eighth career forced fumble (first of 2019) and his fourth career fumble recovery (first of 2019). 

·         Helped bring down Falcons running back Davonta Freeman for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-one in the second quarter.

WR COREY DAVIS

·         Recorded a team-high five receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown. His yardage total tied for the fourth-highest single-game total of his career.

·         In the first quarter, converted a third-and-15 with a 16-yard reception. Extending the drive allowed the Titans to finish the possession with a touchdown.

·         Made a 22-yard catch in the second quarter, and three plays later, he scored on a 23-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to give Davis his first touchdown of 2019 and the fifth touchdown of his career.

G NATE DAVIS

·         Saw action for the first time in his NFL career, playing at right guard.

ILB RASHAAN EVANS

·         Combined with defensive tackle Isaiah Mack for a shared five-yard sack in the fourth quarter. The play gave Evans the first half sack of his two-year career.

OLB REGGIE GILBERT

·         Registered his first career start at outside linebacker. 

RB DERRICK HENRY

·         Registered his fifth career 100-yard rushing game, leading the team with 100 yards on 27 carries. He added an eight-yard reception.

·         His 27 carries made up the third-highest total of his career. 

P BRETT KERN

·         Punted five times for a 45-yard average and a 44.6-yard net average with all five of his punts placed inside the 20. It was the seventh time in his career he placed at least five punts inside the 20 in a game.

·         Booted a 50-yard punt to pin Atlanta on the five-yard line in the third quarter.

·         In the fourth quarter, pinned the Falcons on their two-yard line with a 33-yard punt.

·         With his 158th game in a Titans uniform, passed Keith Bulluck (157) for eighth place on the team's all-time career games played list. Only Bruce Matthews (296), Elvin Bethea (210), Brad Hopkins (194), Craig Hentrich (177), Gregg Bingham (173), Ray Childress (160) and Mike Munchak (159) have played in more games in franchise annals.

OLB HAROLD LANDRY

·         Recorded a career high with two sacks in the game.

·         In the third quarter, sacked Matt Ryan for a six-yard loss.

·         Three plays after his first sack of the contest, he recorded his second sack, taking down Matt Ryan on fourth-and-one. His two sacks on the day gave him three sacks in 2019 and eight sacks in his two-year career.

DT ISAIAH MACK

·         Combined with inside linebacker Rashaan Evans for a shared five-yard sack in the fourth quarter. The play gave Mack 1.5 sacks in his rookie season.

QB MARCUS MARIOTA

·         Completed 18 of 27 passes for 227 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he added three rushing attempts for 22 yards. His passer rating of 129.7 was the seventh-highest mark of his career in a game with at least 20 attempts to qualify.

·         Recorded his sixth career game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

·         Found wide receiver A.J. Brown for a 55-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his seventh career touchdown pass of 55 yards or longer. 

·         Found Brown for an 11-yard touchdown pass later in the first quarter.

·         Connected with wide receiver Corey Davis for a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It gave himthree touchdown passes in the first half, marking the third time in his career he accomplished the feat and the first time since Nov. 13, 2016 against the Green Bay Packers.

·         Mariota's 189 passing yards in the first half accounted for his fourth-best career total in the first half and his best performance since a 216-yard first-half effort against Green Bay on Nov. 13, 2016.

·         Improved to 11-5 in his career as a starter against NFC clubs. His career statistics against NFC opponents include 313-of-468 passing for 3,704 yards, 29 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 105.2 passer rating.

K CAIRO SANTOS

·         Made a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter.

S KENNY VACCARO

·         Helped bring down Falcons running back Davonta Freeman for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-one in the second quarter.

OLB CAMERON WAKE

·         Played in the 150th game of his NFL career. He first appeared in an NFL game with the Miami Dolphins in 2009 after spending time in the Canadian Football League. Since individual sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982, Wake is one of 14 players to have had 100 or more sacks through their first 150 career games.

TE DELANIE WALKER

·         On a three-yard reception in the first quarter, recorded the 500th reception of his career. He became the 16th tight end in NFL history to reach 500. He also joined Jason Witten, Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis and Ben Watson as the only active NFL tight ends to reach 500 career receptions.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4 of the 2019 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

The Tennessee Titans prepare to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4 of the 2019 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

The Tennessee Titans travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in Sunday's Week 4 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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