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Game Notes: Titans vs. Chiefs


MARIOTA HITS 6,000/600 MARKS: Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 33 passes for 241 yards at Kansas City.  In the second quarter, he reached the 6,000-yard passing mark for his career.  In doing so, he became the seventh player in NFL history with at least 6,000 passing yards and 600 rushing yards in his first two seasons, joining Jeff Garcia (1999-2000), Cam Newton (2011-2012), Robert Griffin (2012-2013), Russell Wilson (2012-2013), Andrew Luck (2012-2013) and Blake Bortles (2014-2015).


FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACK: ** The Titans trailed 17-7 going into the fourth quarter, but three consecutive scoring drives gave them a 19-17 win.  Taking possession with 1:07 on the clock, Marcus Mariota led a six-play, 40-yard drive that resulted in the game-winning field goal, completing three of his four passes on the drive for 40 yards.  It was his fourth career fourth-quarter comeback and his fourth career game-winning drive in 26 career starts.

MURRAY TOTALS 141 YARDS: Running back DeMarco Murray led the offense with 89 rushing yards on 18 carries and added five receptions for 52 yards.  His 141 scrimmage yards in the game was his fourth-highest total of the season, and it was his eighth game of the season with at least 100 scrimmage yards.  He produced one of the biggest plays of the game with a 15-yard reception on fourth-and-five in the fourth quarter.

MATTHEWS RECORDS FIFTH CAREER 100-YARD GAME: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews led the Titans with 105 yards on four receptions, including a long reception of 46 yards and a 19-yard catch on the first play of the game-winning drive.  Matthews notched his fifth career 100-yard game.

MARIOTA AND MATTHEWS PRODUCE BIG PLAY: In the second quarter, Rishard Matthews and Marcus Mariota connected for a 46-yard pass on a flea flicker.  It was the team's seventh offensive play of the season of at least 45 yards (fifth pass of at least 45 yards).

HENRY SCORES TWICE: Rookie running back Derrick Henry rushed for 58 yards on nine carries and scored both of the team's touchdowns, setting a new career high for touchdowns in a game.  In the second quarter, he scored on a four-yard run, and in the fourth quarter, he crossed the goal line on a one-yard run.  It gave the second-round pick four career touchdowns.


GAME-WINNER:** Kicker Ryan Succop made the game-winning, 53-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.  Succop, who played for the Chiefs from 2009-2013, became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind field goal of 50 or more yards as time expired. .It marked the Titans' first game-winning field goal since Rob Bironas made a 40-yarder against Pittsburgh on Oct. 11, 2012.  Succop's field goal tied for the second-longest game-winner in franchise history, equaling Bironas' 53-yard effort at Houston on Nov. 23, 2009 and behind only Bironas' 60-yarder against Indianapolis on Dec. 3, 2006.  The 53-yarder at Kansas City gave Succop six career game-winning field goals, two of which have come in the fourth quarter and four of which have occurred in overtime.

SUCCOP EXTENDS STREAK: With a field goal of 39 yards in the fourth quarter, Ryan Succop extended his streak to 34 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, dating back to 2014. Earlier in 2016, he broke Al Del Greco's franchise record of 24 consecutive made field goals from inside 50 yards, set from 1995–1996.

SUCCOP'S OTHER STREAK: Ryan Succop extended his streak to 14 consecutive field goals made (any length), which tied for the eighth-longest such streak in franchise history.

SUCCOP MAKES 53-YARDERS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ryan Succop's 53-yard field goal at Kansas City and a field goal of the same length Dec. 11 against Denver gave him back-to-back games with a field goal of that length, marking the first time in his career he accomplished the feat.  He tied his second-longest career field goal.  His career long is 54 yards, set as a member of the Chiefs against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 2, 2011.  He had three previous 53-yarders during his career prior to making one against Denver.

GOAL-LINE STAND: In the second quarter, the Titans defense faced consecutive plays with Kansas City at the one-yard line, including a fourth-and-goal.  They stopped the Chiefs for no gain on both plays to get the ball back to the offense.

ORAKPO TIES CAREER HIGH: In the third quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo dropped Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for a four-yard loss.  With the sack, Orakpo tied his single-season career high with 11 sacks in 2016, matching his output from 2009 as a rookie with the Washington Redskins. Orakpo now has 58 career sacks.


FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION BY SIMS:** In the third quarter, rookie cornerback LeShaun Sims recorded his first career interception.  With the Chiefs facing a third-and-goal at the seven-yard line, the fifth-round pick stepped in front of an Alex Smith pass that was intended for wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in the end zone.

DEFENSE IN THE RED ZONE: The Titans defense was on the field for four Kansas City drives into the red zone and allowed only one touchdown in those trips.  The other drives resulted in a field goal, an interception and a stop on fourth down.  The Chiefs' 25-percent touchdown rate was the lowest by any Titans opponent in 2016 with at least four drives inside the 20.

GOAL-TO-GO DEFENSE: In three goal-to-go situations, the Titans defense only allowed one score, a touchdown.  The other two Kansas City goal-to-go drives resulted in an interception and a turnover on downs.

SECOND-HALF SHUTOUT: The Titans defense shut out the Chiefs in the second half, giving the Titans their second game in 2016 in which they held their opponents scoreless in the final two quarters.  The first such effort came in a loss to Oakland on Sept. 25.

TITANS LIMIT CHIEFS TO 13 FIRST DOWNS: The Titans defense limited the Chiefs to a season-low 13 total first downs.  It was the second-lowest total by a Titans opponent in 2016 (eight at Miami on Oct. 9).  

COLDEST GAME IN TEAM HISTORY: The kickoff temperature at Arrowhead Stadium was 1 degree, making the contest the coldest game in the 57-year history of the franchise.  The previous record was 4 degrees in a playoff game at New England on Jan. 10, 2004.  The team's coldest previous kickoff temperature for a game in the regular season was 7 at Cleveland on Dec. 11, 1977.

TITANS TIE SEASON LOW IN PENALTIES: The Titans tied their season low with two penalties for 25 yards against the Chiefs, matching their low of two penalties in the Sept. 11 season opener against Minnesota.

INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were wide receiver Tre McBride, defensive back Curtis Riley, linebacker David Bass, linebacker Sean Spence, guard Sebastian Tretola, tight end Jace Amaro and defensive end Angelo Blackson. Bass (groin) and Spence (ankle) were on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15 action at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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