Game Notes: Titans vs. 49ers



MARIOTA SETS SEASON HIGH IN PASSER RATING:Against the 49ers, quarterbackMarcus Mariota** completed 23 of 33 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 110.8 established a season high and was his best since a 126.4 passer rating at Chicago on Nov.27, 2016.


TWO RED ZONE TD PASSES FOR MARIOTA:Late in the second quarter,Marcus Mariotacompleted a four-yard touchdown pass toDelanie Walker.  Early in the fourth quarter, he connected withRishard Matthews** for an eight-yard touchdown.  Mariota recorded his 11th and 12th touchdown passes of 2017, which gave him 57 in his three-year career.  The throws gave him 39 career touchdown passes and no career interceptions in the red zone.

MATTHEWS GOES OVER 3,000 YARDS: On his first reception of the day, which went for 21 yards, wide receiver Rishard Matthews went over the 3,000-yard mark during his six-year NFL career.  He has 222 career catches for 3,081 yards.

MATTHEWS LEADS IN RECEIVING: Rishard Matthews led the Titans with six receptions and 95 receiving yards.  His six receptions tied his season high (six vs. Seattle on Sept. 24), and his 95 receiving yards ranked second through 14 games (113 at Pittsburgh on Nov. 16).

MATTHEWS SCORES: In the fourth quarter, Rishard Matthews scored on an eight-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to record his fourth touchdown reception of 2017 and the 21st touchdown reception of his career.


WALKER SCORES TO PASS BENNETT:Late in the second quarter, tight endDelanie Walkerscored on a four-yard pass fromMarcus Mariota.  Walker recorded his third touchdown reception of 2017 and the 34th touchdown reception of his career.  It also was his 26th touchdown catch as a member of the Titans, which surpassed former wide receiverDrew Bennett's** career total (25) for 10th place on the franchise's all-time touchdown receptions list.

TITANS CONVERT 50 PERCENT ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans converted six of their 12 attempts on third down.  Their rate of 50 percent was their best since Week 1, when they converted 50 percent against the Oakland Raiders (seven conversions on 14 attempts). They also converted their only fourth down against the 49ers.

FEW PENALTIES: The Titans were called for only three penalties for 22 yards.  It was the second time in four weeks they were penalized three or fewer times (two at Indianapolis on Nov. 26).  The 22 penalty yards made up the Titans' second-lowest total of the season (22 at Indianapolis on Nov. 26).

GOAL-TO-GO SUCCESS: The Titans scored touchdowns in both of their goal-to-go situations at San Francisco.  They have not failed to score a touchdown in goal-to-go situations since Oct. 22 at Cleveland, going nine consecutive goal-to-go drives with touchdowns.

WILLIAMSON'S SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME WITH A SACK: In the first quarter, linebacker Avery Williamson sacked Jimmy Garoppolo for an eight-yard loss.   Williamson, who has three sacks in 2017 and 11.5 sacks in his four-year career, recorded his second consecutive game with a sack.  He has three sacks in a four-game span.


WOODYARD RECORDS SACK FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK:In the fourth quarter, linebackerWesley WoodyarddroppedJimmy Garoppolo** for a 10-yard loss to notch his second consecutive game with a sack.  Woodyard improved his season total to five sacks, which ties for the second-highest total of his 10-year career behind only his 5.5 sacks in 2012 as a member of the Denver Broncos.  He has 22.5 career sacks.

WOODYARD OVER 150 TACKLES: Wesley Woodyard, who had 149 tackles entering the contest, became the first Titans player to record 150 tackles in a season (coaches' statistics) since Stephen Tulloch (169) and Michael Griffin (153) accomplished the feat in 2010.

BROWN GETS FIRST SOLO SACK: In the fourth quarter, rookie linebacker Jayon Brown took down Jimmy Garoppolo for no gain.  The fifth-round pick was credited with the first solo sack of his career.  He previously tallied a half sack on Nov. 26 at Indianapolis.

DEFENSE TOTALS THREE SACKS: The Titans defense totaled three sacks at San Francisco, recording at least three sacks for the fifth consecutive game.  In those five games, they tallied 26 sacks.

RUSHING DEFENSE: The Titans entered the week with the NFL's fifth-ranked rushing defense, allowing 90.0 yards per game on the ground.  Against the 49ers, they allowed only 51 yards on 22 rushing attempts for an average of 2.3 yards per carry.  The 49ers only succeeded in rushing for two first downs, tying the Titans' season benchmark (two by Cleveland on Oct. 22).

RED ZONE DEFENSE: The 49ers offense drove into the red zone four times, but the Titans defense allowed only one touchdown on those drives.  In the last four games, the Titans defense has allowed only three touchdowns in 14 chances by opponents inside the Titans' 20-yard line.

KERN PASSES BULLUCK AND BETHEA: Brett Kern played in his 136th consecutive game with the Titans.  In doing so, he passed former linebacker Keith Bulluck(135)*and former defensive end Elvin Bethea(135) for fifth place in franchise history for consecutive games played.  Kern has appeared in every contest since the Titans claimed him off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Oct. 27, 2009.  His streak ranks behind only offensive linemanBruce Matthews(232), linebackerRobert Brazile(147), punterCraig Hentrich(146) and kickerRob Bironas* (144) in team annals.


SUCCOP SETS NEW CAREER HIGH:**Ryan Succop made all three of his field goal attempts, connecting on a 40-yarder in the second quarter, a 31-yarder in the third quarter and a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter.   It was the fourth time in 2017 that Succop made at least three field goals without missing one.  With two games remaining in 2017, Succop already has set a career high for field goals in a season.  He is 29-of-35, topping his career-best mark of 28 field goals in 2012 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

SUCCOP'S POINT TOTAL: Ryan Succop's 116 points in 2017 are the most by a Titans player since Rob Bironas' 116 points in 2013.   Succop is two points shy of his career-high 118 points in 2013 with the Chiefs.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Brandon Weeden, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Curtis Riley, outside linebacker Josh Carraway, guard/center Corey Levin, wide receiver Harry Douglas and outside linebacker Derrick Morgan.  Morgan (knee) was listed on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15 at Levi's Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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