Game Notes: Titans vs. Chiefs

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TEAM NOTES

·         The Titans defeated the Chiefs 35-32 after trailing 32-27 in the final minute of the game. It was the team's first victory since Sept. 22, 2013 against the San Diego Chargers (20-17 final score) in which it trailed by more than three points with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter.

·         The win improved the Titans' all-time record at Nissan Stadium, including playoffs, to 96-73. The Titans have 19 wins in their 25 most recent home games.

·         The victory gave the Titans four consecutive wins over the Chiefs, including playoffs, tying their longest all-time winning streak in the series (1975-79, 1990-93).

·         The Titans won for the second time this season when trailing after three quarters (Oct. 27 vs. Tampa Bay), giving them five such wins since the beginning of the 2018 season. In the four combined seasons prior to 2018 (2014-17), the Titans won five total games after trailing going into the fourth quarter. 

·         The Titans handed the Chiefs their first road loss in 2019. Kansas City was 4-0 on the road entering the contest.

TEAM NOTES – OFFENSE

·         Tennessee's 225 net rushing yards were the most by the club this season and the most since Dec. 6, 2018, when it totaled 264 rushing yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

·         The Titans scored touchdowns on both of their possessions in the red zone. It marked their fourth consecutive game to score touchdowns on each of their trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line. They have converted 10 consecutive red-zone chances into touchdowns. On the season, the Titans are 18-of-25 in red-zone efficiency (72.0 percent).

·         The Titans' two touchdowns in their two goal-to-go situations against the Chiefs gave them 14 touchdowns in 15 goal-to-go possessions in 2019 (93.3 percent).

DB JOSHUA KALU

·         Contributed a game-saving blocked field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter. With the Titans protecting their three-point lead, Kalu got a hand on Harrison Butker's 52-yard attempt to preserve the win. It was the Titans' first blocked field goal since Brian Orakpo's block in a win at New Orleans on Nov. 8, 2015.

ILB RASHAAN EVANS

·         Scored his first career touchdown in the second quarter. He picked up the football after it was fumbled by running back Damien Williams and raced 53 yards for a score. It was Tennessee's first fumble return for a touchdown since Wesley Woodyard scored against the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 24, 2017.

·         Registered the first solo sack of his career, dropping Patrick Mahomes for a five-yard loss on third down in the fourth quarter to help end a Chiefs drive. The Chiefs had an aborted field goal attempt on the ensuing play. He has 1.5 sacks in 2019.

TE ANTHONY FIRKSER

·         Totaled 36 yards on three receptions, including a nine-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter. It was his second career touchdown.

·         Had a 20-yard grab during the team's game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. The Titans scored on the following play.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·         Totaled 188 yards and two touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts (8.2 avg.). His 188 yards made up the second-highest single-game total of his four-year career.

·         Recorded his fifth career game with at least two rushing touchdowns and his first such performance of 2019. He scored on a 68-yard run in the third quarter and a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. It gave him eight rushing touchdowns in 2019 and 30 rushing touchdowns in his NFL career. He had two previous performances in 2019 in which he tallied two scrimmage touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving).

·         With 30 career rushing touchdowns, he passed Lorenzo White (29) for fifth place on the franchise's all-time rushing touchdowns list. The only players in team annals with more rushing touchdowns than Henry are Earl Campbell (73), Eddie George (64), Chris Johnson (50) and Steve McNair (36). 

·         With his 10th total touchdown in 2019, he became the sixth player in franchise history with at least 10 touchdowns in two or more consecutive seasons, joining Bill Groman (1960-61), Billy Cannon (1961-62), Earl Campbell (1978-81), Eddie George (1999–2000) and Chris Johnson (2008-10).

·         His 68-yard touchdown run was the fourth-longest rushing attempt of his four-year career and his longest run since a 99-yarder on Dec. 6, 2018.

·         His 68-yard touchdown run was his seventh career scrimmage play of 50 yards or more (five rushing, two receiving).

·         Registered his second 100-yard rushing game of 2019 and his sixth career 100-yard rushing game in the regular season. It was his second consecutive 100-yard game against the Chiefs, including a 2017 playoff performance.

·         On his 68-yard touchdown, he became the ninth player in franchise history to reach 3,000 career rushing yards.

·         His 188 rushing yards gave him the NFL's second-largest single-game total in 2019. The only player with more rushing yards in a game this season was Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette, who had 225 yards at the Denver Broncos on Sept. 29.

·         Registered his third career game with at least 170 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, tying for the fifth-most such games in a player's first four seasons in league annals. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (six), Eric Dickerson (six) and Earl Campbell (five), as well as Jamal Lewis (four) had more.

WR ADAM HUMPHRIES

·         Provided the game-winning, 23-yard touchdown reception with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. With the Titans trailing 32-27, he recorded his only catch of the day and raced into the end zone. It was his first touchdown in a Titans uniform and the 10th touchdown reception of his five-year NFL career.

·         His touchdown was the first of his career in which he scored to give his team the lead in the fourth quarter of a win.

C BEN JONES

·         Registered his 100th career start. He returned to the lineup after missing the previous game due to a concussion.

P BRETT KERN

·         Averaged 51.0 gross yards and 49.8 net yards on four punts, including a 65-yard punt in the third quarter.

·         His 49.8-yard net average was the second-highest net average of his career (50.2 vs. Miami on Oct. 8, 2017).

·         His 49.8-yard net average also qualified to tie for the second-highest net average in franchise history(49.8 by Greg Montgomery vs. San Diego on Sept. 19, 1993).

·         Pinned the Chiefs on their own eight-yard line with a 41-yard punt in the first quarter. He later backed up the Chiefs at their own four-yard line with a 56-yard punt late in the second quarter.

OLB HAROLD LANDRY III

·         Took down quarterback Patrick Mahomes for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter to record hisseventh sack of the season (11.5 career sacks).

·         Registered his third consecutive game with a sack.

ILB DAVID LONG JR.

·         Recorded his first career forced fumble, combining with linebacker Rashaan Evans to force a turnover in the second quarter. On a rushing attempt by Damien Williams, Long knocked the football loose, and Evans raced 53 yards with it for a touchdown.

WR KALIF RAYMOND

·         Recorded a career-long 52-yard reception on a pass from Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter.

·         Added 46 total yards on three kickoff returns.

WR TAJAÉ SHARPE

·         Registered a 20-yard reception in the first quarter.

TE JONNU SMITH

·         Led the team with four receptions and totaled 30 receiving yards.

·         With 22 receptions for 287 yards in 2019, he set new career highs in receptions (20 in 2018) and receiving yards high (258 in 2018).

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·         Completed 13 of 19 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. His 133.9 passer rating gave him his third passer rating over 100 in four games since taking over the starting quarterback role.

·         Added three rushing attempts for 37 yards, including an 18-yard scramble during the game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter.

·         Completed a game-winning, 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Adam Humphries with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He also found tight end Anthony Firkser for a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

·         Credited with his 16th career game-winning drive, including his third game-winning drive in four starts with the Titans.

·         It was his second career game in which he completed a game-winning touchdown pass when his team trailed by more than three points in the final minute of the fourth quarter. The only other occasion was as a member of the Miami Dolphins against the New England Patriots on Dec. 9, 2018.

·         Added a run for a two-point conversion following his game-winning touchdown pass. It was the first run for a two-point conversion in his career.

·         Connected with wide receiver Kalif Raymond for a season-long 52-yard pass in the second quarter.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10 of the 2019 season at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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