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Game Notes: Titans vs. Colts



MARIOTA RETURNS, HITS 300-YARD MARK:QuarterbackMarcus Mariota** returned to the starting lineup despite being listed as questionable on the injury report due to a hamstring injury.  He was inactive in the previous game at Miami.  In his return, Mariota recorded his fourth career 300-yard passing game, completing 23 of 32 passes for 306 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  His passer rating for the game was 99.2. 

MARIOTA COMPLETES 71.9 PERCENT: Marcus Mariota completed 71.9 percent of his passes (23 of 32), hitting the 70-percent mark for the seventh time in his career.  The Titans have won all seven games in which he accomplished the feat.  

MARIOTA IN PRIMETIME: Marcus Mariota participated in his third career primetime game, and the Titans are now 2-1 in those games.  His career primetime passing totals include 63 completions, 807 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 89 attempts.  His 105.4 passer rating in primetime games from 2015-2017 ranks fifth in the NFL among all qualifying passers who have played in at least two primetime games in that period.

FOURTH-AND-ONE CONVERSION: On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Titans faced a fourth-and-one at the Indianapolis 43-yard line.  The offense stayed on the field, and Marcus Mariota picked up the first down with one yard on a quarterback sneak.  It was the first quarterback sneak of his three-year career.

MURRAY FINDS THE END ZONE: Running back DeMarco Murray totaled 12 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown.  He scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter to give him two rushing touchdowns in 2017 and 45 rushing touchdowns in his seven-year career.  

MURRAY INVOLVED IN PASSING GAME: DeMarco Murray caught four passes for a season high of 47 receiving yards, his highest total since he had 52 receiving yards at Kansas City on Dec. 18, 2016.  Murray's effort in the running and passing games gave him 87 scrimmage yards against the Colts.

HENRY HITS 100 YARDS FOR FIRST TIME: Derrick Henry led the team with a career-high 131 rushing yards on 19 carries, topping the 100-yard mark for the first time in his two-year career.  His previous career high was 92 rushing yards at Jacksonville on Sept. 17, 2017.   Henry's 19 carries also set a career high (previously 16 against Jacksonville on Sept. 17, 2017).

HENRY ICES GAME WITH 72-YARD SCORE: With the Titans ahead 29-22 late in the fourth quarter, Derrick Henry took a handoff on third-and-five and raced 72 yards for a touchdown.  The run was the longest of Henry's career (previously 22 yards at Miami on Oct. 9, 2016) and the team's 12TH-longest run in the "Titans era" (1999-present).

DECKER SETS SEASON HIGHS: Wide receiver Eric Decker led the team and set season highs with seven receptions and 88 receiving yards.   Five of his seven catches resulted in first downs. 

FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN FOR TAYLOR: In the fourth quarter, rookie Taywan Taylor scored his first career touchdown on a 53-yard pass from Marcus Mariota.  Included in Taylor's seven receptions in 2017 are catches of 42 and 53 yards. 

300 AND 100: With Marcus Mariota passing for 306 yards and Derrick Henry rushing for 131 yards, the Titans had a 300-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time since Vince Young (387 passing yards) and Chris Johnson (154 rushing) accomplished the feat against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 29, 2009. 

MOST OFFENSIVE YARDS IN NEARLY A YEAR: The Titans offense totaled 473 net yards against the Colts, including 168 rushing yards and 305 passing yards.  It was the team's highest net total since accumulating 494 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 27, 2016. 

RUSHING OFFENSE: As a team, the Titans totaled 168 rushing yards on 34 carries against the Colts.  They are averaging 132.0 rushing yards per contest to give them the NFL's sixth-ranked rushing attack through six weeks. 

CASEY PLAYS IN GAME 100: Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey participated in his 100th career game.  He became the first defensive lineman in the "Titans era" (1999–present) to reach 100 games with the club and the fifth defensive player to do so.  The other four were linebacker Keith Bulluck, safety Michael Griffin, safety/special teams player Donnie Nickey (did not appear in every game on defense) and cornerback Jason McCourty.

WILLIAMSON AND WOODYARD COMBINE FOR TAKEAWAY: In the third quarter, inside linebackers Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard combined to force the first turnover of the game.  On a reception by tight end Jack Doyle, Williamson stripped the ball to record his third career forced fumble (first of 2017), and Woodyard registered his third career fumble recovery (first of 2017).

WOODYARD'S FOURTH-DOWN STOP: With the Titans ahead 29-22 and less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Wesley Woodyard provided a fourth-down stop for the Titans.  On fourth-and-one at the Tennessee 13-yard line, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett sprinted toward the right sideline but was forced out of bounds by Woodyard short of the first-down marker.

DEFENDING HILTON: The Titans defense limited Colts Pro Bowl wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to one reception for 19 yards.  It was Hilton's lowest receiving yardage total since he had one catch for 15 yards at Carolina on Nov. 2, 2015. 

THIRD-DOWN DEFENSE: The Titans defense limited the Colts offense to two third-down conversions on nine attempts.  The 22.2 percent rate was the lowest by a Titans opponent since the Houston Texans converted 20.0 percent in the 2016 finale (Jan. 1, 2017). 

KERN PLAYS IN GAME 150: Punter Brett Kern played in his 150th career game.  He has played in 127 consecutive games as a member of the Titans.

SUCCOP SETS NFL RECORD: With a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, Ryan Succop set a new NFL record by making his 47th consecutive field goal from inside 50 yards.  He added four more field goals in the game to extend the streak to 51 consecutive field goals from inside 50 yards.  His streak dates back to 2014.  The previous NFL record of 46 straight field goals from inside 50 yards was set by Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant from 2013–2015. 

SUCCCOP TIES FOR SECOND IN TEAM HISTORY FOR FIELD GOALS IN A GAME: Ryan Succop made all five of his field goal attempts, hitting from 48, 32, 40, 48 and 23 yards.  His five field goals tied for the second-highest total of his career, and he became only the fourth player in franchise history to make at least five field goals in a game.  He joined Rob Bironas (NFL record of eight field goals in a game on Oct. 21, 2007), Al Del Greco (five on Dec. 3, 2000) and Roy Gerela (five on Sept. 28, 1969). 

18 POINTS IN A GAME: With five field goals and three extra points, Ryan Succop totaled 18 points in the contest.  Only five players in franchise history (Billy Cannon, Rob Bironas, George Blanda, Earl Campbell and Lorenzo White) have scored more than 18 points in a game (several have scored 18 points). 

SUCCOP 10TH IN FRANCHISE SCORING: With his first field goal of the game, Ryan Succop passed Charlie Hennigan (306 points) for 10th place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. 

BIG RETURN FOR JACKSON: Rookie Adoree' Jackson returned the opening kickoff 40 yards to help kickstart the Titans' first scoring drive.  It was the third kickoff return of at least 35 yards in Jackson's first six NFL games.   

EIGHT SCORING DRIVES: Excluding a kneel-down at the end of the first half, the Titans scored on eight of their 10 possessions, totaling five field goals and three touchdowns. 

MOST CLOCK USED ON A DRIVE SINCE 2012: The Titans' final three possessions resulted in touchdowns after driving 87 yards, 75 yards and 87 yards, respectively.  The first of those lasted 15 plays to tie a season high for a scoring drive, and it used 8 minutes and 24 seconds of clock time.  That made it the Titans' longest scoring drive in terms of time used since a 10-minute, 8-second series (16 plays, 73 yards) at Indianapolis on Dec. 9, 2012.

TITANS SCORE 21 IN FOURTH QUARTER: The Titans scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, their highest fourth-quarter total since Dec. 6, 2015, when they scored 21 in the final quarter against Jacksonville. 

FOUR PENALTIES: The Titans were penalized four times in the game, their lowest number since committing two penalties on Dec. 18, 2016 at Kansas City.  In the first half against the Colts, they were penalized only once, tying a season low for the first half.  They had one penalty in the first two quarters of the season opener against the Oakland Raiders (Sept. 10). 

TIME OF POSSESSION: The Titans possessed the ball for 35:53 against the Colts, their best total since holding the ball for 36:44 at Miami on Oct. 9, 2016. 

TITANS ON MONDAY NIGHT: The win improved the franchise's all-time record on Monday Night Football to 22-17, including an 11-6 mark in the "Titans era" (1999–present). The Titans own five wins in their past six Monday night games.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were wide receiver Darius Jennings, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Johnathan Cyprien, offensive lineman Corey Levin, wide receiver Corey Davis, outside linebacker Kevin Dodd and nose tackle Sylvester Williams.  Cyprien (hamstring) and Davis (hamstring) were on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 action on Monday Night Football at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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