Titans-Ravens AFC Divisional Playoff Game Notes

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TEAM NOTES

·      With their victory in Baltimore, the Titans earned their first AFC championship game appearance since the 2002 playoffs. It will be the franchise's fifth all-time AFC championship game (1978, 1979, 1999, 2002).

·      The Titans have their first two-win postseason since the 1999 playoffs.  

·      Mike Vrabel became the first head coach in team history to lead his team to the AFC championship game within his first two seasons as head coach.

·      Since the NFL went to its current playoff format in 1990, the Titans became the third team to begin the season with a record of 2-4 or worse in their first six games and advance to the conference championship game, joining the 2002 Titans (2-4) and the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4).

·      The Titans became the first No. 6 seed in the playoffs to reach a conference championship game since 2010. They are the sixth team to do so since the current NFL playoff format began in 1990, joining the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2008 Baltimore Ravens, 2010 New York Jets and the 2010 Green Bay Packers.

·      In the last two playoff games, the Titans have faced and defeated the NFL's top-ranked scoring defense in 2019 in the New England Patriots (14.1 points allowed per game) and the league's top ranked scoring offense in the Ravens (33.2 points per game).

·      The Titans won the turnover battle with three takeaways and no giveaways. They posted two interceptions and one fumble recovery and scored 14 total points off turnovers.

·      The Titans' 16-point margin of victory was the third-highest in franchise postseason history (19 at Jacksonville on Jan. 23, 2000; 17 at New England on Dec. 31, 1978).

·      The Titans' average field position was 14 yards better than the Ravens. The average Titans drive began on the Tennessee 34-yard line, while the Ravens began drives on average at their 20-yard line.

·      The official temperature at kickoff was 69 degrees.

TEAM NOTES – OFFENSE

·      The Titans offense converted 53.8 percent on third down (seven-of-13), marking the second consecutive week the unit was at least 50 percent on third down (50 percent at New England on Jan. 4).

·      The Titans' 217 rushing yards amounted to the best playoff total in franchise history, topping the team's 202 rushing yards at Kansas City on Jan. 6, 2018.

·      The Titans scored touchdowns on all three of their trips inside the red zone at Baltimore, continuing a season-long trend. During the regular season, they scored touchdowns on 75.6 percent of their drives inside the opponent's 20-yard line to lead the NFL and finish with the NFL's best percentage since the 2013 Denver Broncos (76.1). They have scored touchdowns on all five of their postseason possessions inside the 20.

·      The Titans offense did not have a three-and-out drive until less than five minutes remained in the fourth quarter.

·      The Titans rushed for more than 200 yards and allowed only one sack in consecutive playoff games. In the Super Bowl era (1966-present), only two other teams—the 1973 Miami Dolphins (two games) and the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers (two games) have accomplished the feat.

TEAM NOTES – DEFENSE

·      The Titans defense did not allow a conversion on four fourth-down attempts by the Ravens. In NFL playoff games since 1991, it was only the third time that a team had four or more fourth-down attempts with no conversions and the first time since Jan. 4, 1998, when the Green Bay Packers denied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on four attempts. The only other occasion since 1991 was Jan. 29, 1995, when the San Diego Chargers did not convert on four fourth-down tries against the San Francisco 49ers.

·      The Titans defense forced two turnovers on downs on fourth-and-one plays. The initial stop came on the first play of the second quarter. With the Ravens facing a fourth-and-one at their own 45-yard line, quarterback Lamar Jackson was cut down by linebacker David Long Jr. and the Titans defense for no gain. Then, early in the third quarter, the Ravens had a fourth-and-one at the Tennessee 18, when quarterback Lamar Jackson was stopped by outside linebacker Harold Landry III for no gain. It marked the first two times in 2019 (regular season or playoffs) that the Ravens offense was unable to convert a fourth-and-one.

·      The Titans defense did not allow a touchdown in the first half or in the third quarter, surrendering only a pair of field goals. Including the second half of the previous game at New England, when they shut out the Patriots, the Titans went five consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown.

·      The Titans defense limited the Ravens to six points in the first half. It tied for the Ravens' fewest points in the first half all season (six at Kansas City on Sept. 22).

·      The 12 points allowed by the Titans was the lowest total by a Titans/Oilers opponent in a playoff game since the New York Jets scored 10 points against the Oilers on Dec. 29, 1991.

·      The defense's four total sacks tied for the second-highest total in franchise playoff history. It matched the effort on Jan. 6, 2018 at Kansas City, behind only the nine sacks by the defense against Kansas City on Jan. 16, 1994.

S KEVIN BYARD

·      Recorded his first career postseason interception in the first quarter. On the Ravens' first offensive series, he picked off a Lamar Jackson pass to tight end Mark Andrews and returned the ball 31 yards, which led to a Titans touchdown on the ensuing series. Byard led the Titans with five interceptions during the regular season.

·      Tied Bubba McDowell (31-yard return vs. NYJ on 12/29/92) for the third-longest interception return in franchise postseason history with his 31-yarder. Only Vernon Perry (75 yards at Pittsburgh on Jan. 6, 1980) and McDowell (58 at Buffalo on Jan. 3, 1993) have had longer returns.

DT JURRELL CASEY

·      Led the team with two sacks, tying the franchise record for most sacks in a playoff games since individual sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Casey tied Jevon Kearse (Jan. 8, 2000 vs. Buffalo) and William Fuller (Jan. 3, 1993 at Buffalo) for the mark.

·      Logged his first career postseason sack in the second quarter, when he dropped Lamar Jackson for an eight-yard loss.

·      Registered a strip-sack in the third quarter. He knocked the ball out of the hands of Lamar Jackson in the third quarter, and the ball was recovered by teammate Jeffery Simmons at Baltimore's 20-yard line, leading to a Titans touchdown.

OLB KAMALEI CORREA

·      Notched his first career postseason sack against his former team. He dropped Lamar Jackson for a six-yard loss in the second quarter. Correa was acquired by the Titans in a trade with the Ravens in 2018.

WR COREY DAVIS

·      Posted a three-yard touchdown reception on a pass from running back Derrick Henry in the third quarter. It was his third career postseason touchdown catch.

·      Tied Haywood Jeffires for eighth place on the all-time postseason scoring list with 18 career points in the playoffs.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·      Rushed for 195 yards on 30 carries and added two receptions for seven yards to finish with 202 scrimmage yards. It marked his second consecutive game with more than 200 scrimmage yards (204 at New England), and he now holds the top three single-game scrimmage yards totals in franchise postseason history.

·      Recorded his eighth 100-yard rushing game of 2019 and his 13th career 100-yard rushing game, including regular season and playoffs.

·      His third career 100-yard rushing game in the postseason passed Eddie George (two) for the most in team annals.

·      Became the NFL's first player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger with 180 or more rushing yards in three consecutive regular season and/or postseason games.

·      Passed Earl Campbell (420 career postseason rushing yards) for second place on the all-time postseason rushing list on a 27-yard carry in the second quarter. With 561 career postseason rushing yards, only Eddie George (776) has more rushing yards than Henry in team playoff annals.

·      Ran for a 66-yard gain in the third quarter. It was the second-longest run from scrimmage in franchise postseason history behind Eddie George's 68-yard touchdown run at Indianapolis on Jan. 16, 2000. It was the longest NFL rushing attempt in a playoff game since New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount scored on a 73-yard carry against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 11, 2014. Henry also had a 27-yard run in the second quarter and a 23-yard run in the third quarter.

·      Completed a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corey Davis in the third quarter, recording his first career touchdown pass in the regular season or playoffs. He became the first non-quarterback in franchise history to throw a touchdown pass in the playoffs and the first NFL running back with a touchdown pass in a playoff game since Minnesota's Allen Rice against New Orleans on Jan. 3, 1988.

·      His 561 rushing yards in his playoff career make up the highest total by a player in his first four playoff games in the Super Bowl era (1966-present). The previous high was by Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, who had 515 rushing yards in the first four playoff games of his Hall of Fame career.

·      His three career playoff games with at least 150 rushing yards rank second since 1950, behind only Terrell Davis' four such games.

·      Joined Marcus Allen (three games), Terrrell Davis (two), Franco Harris (two) and Le'Veon Bell (two) as the only NFL players to rush for at least 150 yards in consecutive postseason games in NFL history.

P BRETT KERN

·      Punted six times for a 52.5-yard average (39.2 net) with one punt inside the 20. His punting average set a new franchise postseason record (minimum of five punts), topping Craig Hentrich's previous mark of 52.0 yards (Jan. 16, 2000 at Indianapolis).

OLB HAROLD LANDRY III

·      Recorded his first career postseason sack, dropping Lamar Jackson for a one-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

WR KALIF RAYMOND

·      Appeared in his first career postseason game and scored on a 45-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter. It was his first career postseason reception. The catch was the second-longest reception of his career in the regular season or playoffs.

DT JEFFERY SIMMONS

·      Registered his first career fumble recovery. In the third quarter, he recovered a fumble by quarterback Lamar Jackson, and the Titans scored a touchdown on the subsequent drive.

TE JONNU SMITH

·      Recorded his first career postseason touchdown. In the first quarter, he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill on third down. He totaled two receptions for 12 yards.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·      Completed seven of 14 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. His passer rating was 109.5.

·      Improved his record to 9-3 since taking over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 7 of the regular season.

·      Rushed for a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter. It was his first career postseason rushing touchdown.

·      Completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jonnu Smith in the first quarter and a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kalif Raymond in the second quarter.

·      Became the second player in franchise history with at least two passing touchdowns and at least one rushing touchdown in a playoff game. He joined Steve McNair, who accomplished the feat (two passing, one rushing) against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 11, 2003.

·      Recorded his 12th consecutive game (regular season and playoffs) with at least one touchdown pass—every game since taking over as the starting quarterback in Week 7 of the regular season.

S KENNY VACCARO

·      Registered his first career playoff interception. He stepped in front of a Lamar Jackson pass that was intended for wide receiver Miles Boykin in the third quarter.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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