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Titans-Colts Postgame Notes

Titans
30 Nov 2020, 17:03 GMT+10

TITANS at COLTS

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020

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TEAM NOTES

• The Titans' 45-26 victory at Indianapolis put them in first place in the AFC South with five games remaining. Their record is 8-3, one game ahead of the second-place Colts (7-4).

• With the Titans and Colts splitting their season series, the Titans currently hold the division record tiebreaker at 3-1. The Colts are 1-2 against AFC South foes. Additionally, the Titans' conference record is 6-3.

• The win gave the Titans a 4-1 road record in 2020.

• The Titans scored a touchdown on their opening possession for the third consecutive week, the team's longest streak in a season since a four-game run from Nov. 18 to Dec. 9, 2001. The touchdown drive at Indianapolis marked their fifth opening-drive touchdown of the season and their sixth opening-drive score (one field goal).

• The Titans scored touchdowns on their first two possessions for the second time in 2020. They previously did so against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 20.

• The Titans totaled 346 yards in the first half, their highest total in the first half of a game since they had 352 yards at Oakland on Dec. 8, 2019.

• The Titans scored 35 points in the first half, a total that tied for the second-highest total in franchise history and was the most points scored by any team in the NFL in the first half of a game in 2020. The Titans/Oilers franchise record is 45 points in the first half against Cleveland on Dec. 9, 1990. They now have 10 all-time games with 35 points in the first half. Most recently, they accomplished the feat against Green Bay on Nov. 13, 2016.

• The Titans' 45 points in the contest tied for the eighth-highest road total in franchise history. It was the team's highest output on the road since Nov. 27, 2008, when they scored 47 points at Detroit.

• The Titans' 19-point margin of victory was their highest in a road contest since a 21-point win at Houston on Dec. 29, 2019.

• The Titans scored touchdowns on five of their first six offensive possessions. It was their first time doing so since Nov. 13, 2016 against the Green Bay Packers.

• The Titans' 229 team rushing yards was their second-highest total of the season behind only their 263 rushing yards against Houston on Oct. 18.

• The Titans' 28 first downs gave them their second-best total of the season behind their 31 first downs against Houston on Oct. 18. The win at Indianapolis marked the seventh time in 11 games this season in which the Titans had at least 25 first downs.

• The Titans totaled 449 yards on offense, accounting for their second-highest total of the season behind their 607 net yards against the Texans on Oct. 18. The Titans have topped the 400-yard mark four times in 2020.

• With one interception (Breon Borders) and no turnovers, the Titans won the turnover battle for the seventh time in 11 games in 2020. Through the early afternoon games of Nov. 29, they rank second in the NFL (plus-12 by the Pittsburgh Steelers) with a plus-11 turnover differential in 2020.

• In five trips inside the red zone, the Titans offense scored four touchdowns to bring their season totals to 32 touchdowns on 44 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line (72.7 percent).

• The Titans recorded a season-best time of possession of 35 minutes and 33 seconds. It was the team's best time of possession in the Mike Vrabel era (2018-20) and the best since a 40:09 time of possession against Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 2017.

• The Titans won the field possession battle against the Colts by an average of 16 yards. Their average possession began at their own 36-yard line, while the average Colts possession began at their own 20.

CB BREON BORDERS

• Recorded his first career interception, picking off a Philp Rivers pass in the third quarter.

WR A.J. BROWN

• Led the team with four receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown. His 69-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was the third-longest reception of his career.

• Leads the NFL with three touchdown receptions of at least 69 yards since the beginning of the 2019 campaign.

• Tied his rookie total with his eighth touchdown reception of the season.

• Became the fourth player in franchise history with at least eight touchdown receptions in back-to-back seasons, joining Bill Groman (1960-61), Charlie Hennigan (1961-64) and Drew Hill (1988-89).

• Added a 42-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on an onside attempt by the Colts in the fourth quarter. He was credited with the team's first kickoff return for a touchdown since Sept. 9, 2018, when Darius Jennings had a 94-yarder at Miami.

• Became the first player in franchise history with a receiving touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown in the same game. He is the first NFL player to accomplish the feat since Dec. 31, 2017, when Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster had a touchdown catch and a kickoff return for a score against Cleveland. Since 1948, Brown is the 27th NFL player to do so. He is the third NFL player since 1948 to have a kickoff return touchdown and a receiving touchdown of at least 69 yards, joining Washington's Bobby Mitchell (Sept. 16, 1962) and the Dallas Texans' Abner Haynes (Oct. 15, 1961).

ILB WILL COMPTON

• Registered his first start of 2020 and was credited with three tackles.

WR COREY DAVIS

• Totaled three receptions for 70 yards. All three of his catches resulted in first downs, giving him 34 first downs on 42 receptions in 2020.

• Converted a fourth-and-four with a 37-yard reception in the second quarter. The reception, which ended at the one-yard line, set up a Titans touchdown on the next play.

K STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI

• Connected on a 49-yard field goal in the third quarter and made all six of his extra point attempts.

RB DERRICK HENRY

• Totaled 27 rushing attempts for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He hit the 100-yard mark on his 31-yard carry in the second quarter. He registered his 20th career 100-yard rushing game (including regular season and playoffs) and his seventh 100-yard rushing game of 2020. It was his third consecutive 100-yard game.

• Registered his third career game with at least three rushing touchdowns. He scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter and runs of one yard and 11 yards in the second quarter. Previously, Henry had four rushing touchdowns against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2018 and three at Houston on Dec. 29, 2019. The performance at Indianapolis was his 12th career game with two or more rushing touchdowns.

• Increased his totals to 12 rushing touchdowns in 2020 and 50 career rushing touchdowns. He joined Earl Campbell (73), Eddie George (64) and Chris Johnson (50) as the only players in franchise history with 50 rushing touchdowns.

• On his second touchdown of the day, he passed Charlie Hennigan (51) for fourth place on the franchise's all-time touchdowns list. With 53 total career touchdowns (rushing and receiving), he trails only Eddie George (74), Earl Campbell (73) and Chris Johnson (58) on the franchise list.

• Went over the 5,000-yard career rushing mark on his 31-yard carry in the second quarter. He became the fourth player in franchise history to reach the plateau, joining Eddie George (10,009), Earl Campbell (8,574) and Chris Johnson (7,965).

• In the first half alone, he totaled 17 rushing attempts for 140 yards and three touchdowns. He surpassed his previous first-half career high of 129 rushing yards against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2018. Since 1991, no Titans/Oilers player has had more rushing yards in the first half than Henry did against the Colts. The previous high in that span was Chris Johnson with 139 at Buffalo on Oct. 21, 2012.

• Became the third player in franchise history to rush for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in at least two consecutive seasons, joining Earl Campbell (1978-1981) and Chris Johnson (2009-2010).

• Recorded his 20th consecutive game in the regular season and playoffs with at least 18 rushing attempts. It is the second-longest streak of its kind in the NFL since 1948. The only player with more consecutive 18-carry games in the regular season and postseason was Emmitt Smith, whose streak was 23 games with the Dallas Cowboys from 1995 to 1996. In the 31 instances in the regular season and playoffs during Henry's career (2016-present) in which he has recorded 18 attempts, the Titans' record is 25-6.

• Extended his streak to eight consecutive regular season road games with at least 100 rushing yards. Going back to 1960, Henry's streak is tied for the second-longest continuous stretch of its kind. Detroit's Barry Sanders had 10 road games in a row with 100-plus yards from 1996 to 1997, and Titans running back Chris Johnson produced an eight-game streak from 2009 to 2010. Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen (seven consecutive games from 1985 to 1986) is the only other player with a streak as long as seven 100-yard rushing games on the road.

• With 178 rushing yards and seven receiving yards (two receptions), his 185 scrimmage yards ranked fifth in his career.

P BRETT KERN

• Appeared in his 200th NFL regular season game and his 178th game with the Titans. In doing so, he passed Craig Hentrich (177 games with the Titans) for fourth place on the franchise's all-time games played list. He trails only Bruce Matthews (296), Elvin Bethea (210) and Brad Hopkins (194).

• Passed Craig Hentrich (861 punts) for the most punts in franchise history. Kern, who joined the organization in 2009, now has 863 punts in a Titans uniform and now holds every major career punting record for the franchise.

• Averaged 40.0 gross yards (40.0 net) with all four of his punts placed inside the 20.

OLB HAROLD LANDRY III

• Registered a nine-yard sack of Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter to give him his second consecutive game with a sack. He has a team-high 4.5 sacks in 2020 and 18 sacks in his three-year career.

T DAVID QUESSENBERRY

• Recorded his first career start (13th career game) since entering the NFL in 2013.

DT JEFFERY SIMMONS

• Sacked Philip Rivers for a six-yard loss in the third quarter. Simmons, who totaled four tackles and added a pass defensed, registered his third sack of the season to surpass his rookie total of two sacks. He now has five career sacks.

TE GEOFF SWAIM

• Caught three passes for 30 yards, setting season highs. The last time he had three receptions was Sept. 29, 2019 at Denver as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

• Completed 13 of 22 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown. His passer rating of 108.3 gave him seven games in 2020 and 15 games in his 21 starts with the team (2019-20) with a passer rating of at least 100.0.

• Completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown in the first quarter. It tied for the ninth-longest pass of his career (eighth-longest touchdown pass).

• His three touchdown passes of 69-plus yards since the beginning of the 2019 season are tied (Kyler Murray) for the NFL lead.

• Eclipsed his touchdown pass total from 2019 with his 23rd touchdown pass of the season. With five games remaining, his total ranks behind only his 2014 (27), 2013 (24) and 2015 (24) efforts.

• Rushed for a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, recording his second touchdown run of the season and the 12th of his career.

• Registered his seventh career game (second in 2020) with at least one passing touchdown and at least one rushing touchdown.

• Converted a fourth-and-four and set up a touchdown on the next play with a 37-yard strike to Corey Davis in the second quarter.

S KENNY VACCARO

• Credited with a team-best nine tackles.

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