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Game Notes: Titans vs. Broncos



THREE IN A ROW AT HOME:** The Titans have won three consecutive games at home for the first time in a single season since 2009.  The win improved the Titans' all-time record at Nissan Stadium, including playoffs, to 80-67.


TITANS DEFENSE ALLOWS FIFTH-LOWEST RUSHING TOTAL IN FRANCHISE HISTORY:** The Titans defense limited the Broncos to 18 rushing yards on nine attempts.  It was the fifth-lowest rushing yardage total ever allowed by the Titans/Oilers defense and the lowest since the Baltimore Ravens rushed for 14 yards against the Titans on Sept. 18, 2005.  The nine carries by the Broncos were the fewest in history by a Titans/Oilers opponent, breaking the previous record of 10 (against Oakland on Sept. 7, 2003 and against Indianapolis on Dec. 30, 2007).

LAST TITANS TURNOVER WAS NOV. 6: The Titans recorded their fourth consecutive game without committing a turnover.  It marks their first time to do so since they didn't commit a turnover in the first four games of 2013. The last time the Titans committed a turnover was the fourth quarter at San Diego on Nov. 6.

TITANS WIN TURNOVER BATTLE AGAIN: The Titans won the turnover battle for the fourth consecutive week, registering a pair of fumble recoveries against the Broncos.  They were plus-three against Green Bay on Nov. 13, plus-one at Indianapolis on Nov. 20 and plus-two at Chicago on Nov. 27.  The Titans have a positive turnover margin (15 takeaways and 13 turnovers) for the first time since the 2016 season started.


TITANS RUSH FOR 180:** As a team, the Titans rushed for 180 yards on 42 carries (4.3 avg.).  Their rushing yardage total was their third-highest of the season, while their 42 attempts gave them two games in 2016 with at least 40 carries (43 vs. Jacksonville on Oct. 27).  The Titans, who entered Week 14 with the third-ranked NFL rushing offense, are now averaging 144.5 rushing yards per game.

MOST CARRIES IN THE FIRST HALF SINCE 2000: In the first half, the Titans rushed for 138 yards on 26 carries.  It was the highest number of rushing attempts for the Titans in a first half since they had 27 attempts in the first half at Cleveland on Dec. 17, 2000, and it was the highest number of rushing yards in the first half since they had 166 at Miami earlier in the 2016 season (Oct. 9).


FIRST-DRIVE TOUCHDOWN:** The Titans moved the ball 70 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive of the game, capping the series with a one-yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray.  It was the first time the Titans opened the game with a touchdown on their initial possession since doing so against Green Bay on Nov. 13.  It was their fifth game of the season with a touchdown or field goal on their opening drive.

19-PLAY DRIVE: In the second quarter, the Titans offense went on a 19-play, 74-yard drive that took 8:04.  The drive ended with a field goal by Ryan Succop.  The Titans had not recorded a drive of 19 plays or more since Oct. 1, 2000, when they had a 19-play touchdown drive against the New York Giants.  The 8:04 drive time was the longest by the Titans since a possession that used 8:07 against Cleveland on Sept. 20, 2015.

BRONCOS SCORELESS THROUGH THREE QUARTERS: The Titans held the Broncos scoreless through the first three quarters of the game.  A Titans opponent had not been scoreless through three quarters since the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 13, 2009.

TITANS WIN TIME OF POSSESSION: For the ninth time in 13 games in 2016, the Titans won the time of possession, holding the ball for a total of 32:27.


FIRST FUMBLE RECOVERED ON DEFENSE:** In the first quarter, the Titans defensive unit forced and recovered its first fumble of the season.  On a run by Justin Forsett, safety Rashad Johnson knocked the ball loose to notch his second career forced fumble, and Jason McCourty then recorded his fifth career fumble recovery. It was the first turnover by either the Titans or their opponents in the first quarter this season.

TITANS DEFENSE PRODUCES GAME-CLINCHING TAKEAWAY: Inside linebacker Avery Williamson and safety Daimion Stafford combined to clinch the victory with a takeaway in the final minute of the fourth quarter.  Williamson recorded his first career forced fumble, knocking the ball out of the hands of tight end A.J. Derby.  Stafford registered his first career defensive fumble recovery (one career special teams fumble recovery) to help seal the win.

SACK BY MORGAN: On the first third down of the game, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan sacked Trevor Siemian for a six-yard loss.  The play increased Morgan's career-high to nine sacks in 2016.  His 36.5 total career sacks rank 10th in franchise history.

DOUBLE-DIGIT SACKS FOR ORAKPO: With a five-yard sack in the third quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo became the first Titans player with double-digit sacks in a season since Jurrell Casey (10.5) in 2013. Orakpo has 10 sacks in 2016 and 57 in his career.

GAME 100 FOR ORAKPO: Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo played in his 100th NFL game and recorded his 100th career start.

FIRST CAREER SACK FOR WALLACE: in the fourth quarter, rookie outside linebacker Aaron Wallace recorded his first NFL sack, dropping Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian for a nine-yard loss.

MARIOTA REACHES 3,000: On a 23-yard completion in the first quarter, Marcus Mariota reached the 3,000-yard passing mark for the first time in his career. It is the franchise's 17th all-time 3,000-yard season and its first since Matt Hasselbeck reached the milestone in 2011.


WALKER RECORDS FOURTH SEASON WITH 50 RECEPTIONS:** On his first reception of the game, which went for 23 yards, tight end Delanie Walker became the seventh player in franchise history to notch four seasons with at least 50 catches.  He joined Ernest Givins (eight seasons), Drew Hill (six), Haywood Jeffires (six), Frank Wycheck (six), Charlie Hennigan (five) and Derrick Mason (five).

MURRAY SCORES FOR 12TH TIME IN 2016: In the first quarter, running back DeMarco Murray scored his 12th touchdown of the 2016 season, finding the end zone on a one-yard run.  The play gave Murray nine rushing touchdowns in 2016 (43 career) to go along with three receiving touchdowns.  With three games remaining in the regular season, he is one total touchdown shy of his career high of 13, set in 2014 with the Dallas Cowboys.  Murray led the Titans in rushing against the Broncos with 92 yards on 21 carries (4.4 avg.).

SUCCOP NAILS A 53-YARDER: In the first quarter, Ryan Succop made a 53-yard field goal, which tied for the second-longest field goal of his career.  His career long is 54 yards, set as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 2, 2011.  He has three other 53-yarders during his career.  Succop's field goal against the Broncos was the Titans' longest field goal since a 53-yarder by Rob Bironas against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 11, 2012.

SUCCOP EXTENDS STREAK: With a field goal of 41 yards in the second quarter, kicker Ryan Succop extended his franchise-best streak to 33 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, dating back to 2014. He previously broke Al Del Greco's franchise record of 24 consecutive made field goals from inside 50 yards, set from 1995–1996.

KERN, MCBRIDE PIN BRONCOS DEEP: With less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Brett Kern punted 47 yards to the Denver two-yard line.  Second-year gunner Tre McBride, playing in his first game of the season, kept the ball from going into the end zone, pinning back the Broncos on what would be their final drive of the game. Earlier in the fourth quarter, Kern delivered a 61-yard punt from his own end zone.

REED MAKES DEBUT: Titans rookie cornerback Kalan Reed made his NFL debut against the Broncos.  The seventh-round pick spent the first 12 games of the season on the practice squad.  Reed's appearance means that all 10 members of the team's 2016 draft class have played in at least one game.

INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were wide receiver Kendall Wright, running back David Fluellen, defensive back Curtis Riley, linebacker Justin Staples, guard Sebastian Tretola, tight end Jace Amaro and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. Casey (foot) was on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Denver Broncos in Week 14 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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