Game Notes: Titans vs. Chargers


TITANS CONTINUE SCORING RUN: The Titans scored 35 points at San Diego a week after scoring 36 points at home against Jacksonville. The last time the Titans scored 35 or more points in consecutive games was Week 14 and Week 15 of the 2004 campaign, when the team posted 38 points against Kansas City (Dec. 13) and 35 at Oakland (Dec. 19). Against the Chargers, the Titans also recorded their fifth consecutive game with at least 26 points. The last time that happened was Weeks 3-10 of 2003 (seven games).


RED ZONE PERFECTION:** The Titans scored a season-high five touchdowns on five trips into the red zone. It was the fourth time in five games the Titans were perfect on at least three trips into the red zone.

NO SACKS ALLOWED: For the second consecutive game and the third time in 2016, the Titans offensive line did not allow a sack. With 43 passing attempts against the Chargers, it marked the first time since Sept. 23, 2012 against Detroit that the team dropped back at least 40 times without a sack.

MARIOTA PASSES FOR 313 YARDS: Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 27 of 43 passes for 313 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions at San Diego. It marked his third career 300-yard passing game and his first in 2016. He recorded the second-highest number of pass attempts of his career, and his completion total tied for second in his career.

FOUR TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS FOR MARIOTA: For the third time in his career, Marcus Mariota had one rushing touchdown and three passing touchdowns in the same game. He completed touchdown passes of 16 yards to Rishard Matthews, seven yards to Matthews and eight yards to Delanie Walker. His 14-yard rushing touchdown gave him two rushing touchdowns in 2016 and four in his career. It marked the fifth time in 21 career starts he accounted for four total touchdowns, and it was his seventh career game with three or more touchdown passes (third of 2016). Mariota recorded his fifth consecutive contest with at least two touchdown passes. He has 17 touchdown passes in 2016 and 36 touchdown passes in his career.


MURRAY SCORES NINTH TOUCHDOWN OF SEASON:** Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for a team-high 51 yards on 14 carries at San Diego. In the fourth quarter, he registered a one-yard touchdown run, giving him his seventh rushing touchdown of 2016 and his ninth overall touchdown of 2016 (including two receiving). It was his 41st career rushing touchdown. Murray, who is tied for second in the NFL in total touchdowns, has at least one rushing touchdown in four consecutive games, marking only the seventh time in franchise history a player accomplished the feat. He joined Earl Campbell (five games in 1979 and four games in 1981), Alonzo Highsmith (four games in 1989), Gary Brown (four games in 1993), Eddie George (four games in 2000) and LenDale White (four games in 2008).

MURRAY TOTALS SEVEN CATCHES: DeMarco Murray recorded a team-high seven receptions for 29 yards at San Diego. His reception total tied for the third-highest total of his career.

MURRAY HITS 1,000 SCRIMMAGE YARDS: With 80 total scrimmage yards at San Diego (51 rushing and 29 receiving), DeMarco Murray reached 1,033 scrimmage yards on the season. It marked the seventh occasion in franchise history in which a player reached 1,000 scrimmage yards in the team's first nine games of a season. Murray joined Chris Johnson (1,353 in 2009), Charlie Hennigan (1,122 in 1961), Eddie George (1,012 in 1993 and 1,072 in 2000), Chris Brown (1,006 in 2004) and Earl Campbell (1,002 in 1980) as the only players to accomplish the feat. Murray has totaled at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in all but one season (2012) of his six-year career.

MURRAY HITS 6.000: In the second quarter, running back DeMarco Murray reached the 6,000-yard rushing mark for his career. He became the ninth active player to reach the number.


WRIGHT'S CATCH TIES FOR SECOND LONGEST OF CAREER:** Wide receiver Kendall Wright caught two passes for a team-high 64 yards, including a 48-yard reception in the fourth quarter to help set up a touchdown. The reception tied for the second-longest catch of Wright's career.

WRIGHT MOVES INTO 12 PLACE IN FRANCHISE RECEPTIONS: With 64 yards against the Chargers, Kendall Wright improved his career total to 3,144 receiving yards. In doing so, he moved past Tim Smith (3,107) for 12th place on the franchise's all-time receiving yards list.

MATTHEWS SCORES TWICE: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews finished second on the team with six receptions for 63 yards, and he matched his career high with two touchdown receptions—both in the second quarter on passes from Marcus Mariota. The first came on a 16-yard pass, and he followed with a seven-yard touchdown catch with 14 seconds remaining in the half. With the scores, which were Matthews' fourth and fifth touchdowns of the season, he set a new career high, topping the four touchdown receptions he registered with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. All five of Matthews' touchdowns in 2016 have come in a five-game span.

SHARPE HAS CAREER-BEST RECEPTION: Rookie wide receiver Tajae Sharpe totaled 58 yards on four receptions. The fifth-round pick's 29-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest catch of his career and helped set up a touchdown on the next play.


WALKER SECOND AMONG FRANCHISE TIGHT ENDS IN TD CATCHES:** Tight end Delanie Walker posted five receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. His eight-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was his fourth of the season and the 28th of his career, including 20 touchdown catches in a Titans uniform. He broke a tie with Willard Dewveall and Bob McLeod (19) for the second-highest touchdown reception total in franchise history among tight ends, trailing only Frank Wycheck (27).

WOODYARD RECORDS SECOND SACK OF 2016: In the second quarter, inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard sacked Philip Rivers for a seven-yard loss on third down. The play gave Woodyard two sacks in 2016 and 17.5 in his career.

MARIANI MOVES INTO FIFTH PLACE IN FRANCHISE ANNALS: With 52 kickoff return yards at San Diego, including a 37-yarder, Marc Mariani (2,605 kickoff return yards with the Titans) passed Mel Gray (2,592) for the fifth-highest total in franchise history.

INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were wide receiver Tre McBride, safety Rashad Johnson, cornerback Cody Riggs, linebacker Aaron Wallace, guard Quinton Spain, tight end Jace Amaro and defensive lineman Austin Johnson.  Rashad Johnson (neck), Wallace (shoulder) and Spain (knee) were on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the San Diego Chargers in Week 9 action at Qualcomm Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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