Game Notes: Titans vs. Eagles



METTENBERGER SETS FRANCHISE ROOKIE SINGLE-GAME RECORD:Against the Eagles,Zach Mettenbergerwas 20-of-39 passing for 345 yards, two touchdowns and an interception (88.1 passer rating).  Not only did he record his first career 300-yard passing effort in his fourth career start, but his yardage total set a new single-game franchise record among rookie passers. Previously,Jacky Leeowned the mark with 331 passing yards against the Boston Patriots on Nov. 25, 1960.  Mettenberger completed touchdown passes of 40 yards toJustin Hunterand six yards toDexter McCluster.  Additionally, his 68-yard pass toDelanie Walker** was his second-longest pass of the season.

METTENBERGER RECORDS ANOTHER TD PASS: Zach Mettenberger became the third quarterback in franchise history to start at least four games as a rookie, joining Dan Pastorini (eight in 1971), and Vince Young (13 in 2006).  In the second quarter, the sixth-round pick's 40-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter gave him at least one touchdown pass in every start. He is the first of the three quarterbacks to do so. 

METTENBERGER'S TOTAL IS MOST BY A ROOKIE IN 2014: Zach Mettenberger's 345 passing yards at Philadelphia are the most in the NFL by a rookie in 2014.  The previous high was 336 passing yards by Jacksonville's Blake Bortles against the Titans on Oct. 12. 


CAREER DAY FOR WALKER:Tight endDelanie Walkerhad a career day against the Eagles, catching five passes for 155 yards.  In notching his second career 100-yard receiving game, he finished with the second-highest receiving yardage total by a tight end in franchise history.  His total is second only toJared Cook's169 yards against Jacksonville on Dec. 24, 2011. Walker's 155 yards set a career high, topping his previous career best of 142 yards against Dallas earlier this season (Sept. 24). His yardage total also represents the high among all NFL tight ends in 2014, with the next closest beingRob Gronkowski's149 yards against Chicago on Oct. 26.  In the second quarter against the Eagles, Walker turned a pass fromZach Mettenberger** into a 68-yard gain to set a new career long.  It topped his previous long of 61 yards in the same game against the Cowboys.  Walker's other four catches against the Eagles went for 21, 26, 13 and 27 yards.

WASHINGTON GOES OVER 6,000-YARD MARK: In the second quarter, Nate Washington caught a 21-yard pass to put him over the 6,000-yard receiving mark for his career.  He finished the game with four receptions for 63 yards.


GREENE TOUCHDOWN RUN:Running backShonn Greene** scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter.  The score marked the second touchdown of the season for Greene and his 24th career touchdown run.

TOUCHDOWN BY HUNTER: On the first play of the second quarter, Justin Hunter scored for the third time this season (seventh career touchdown) on a 40-yard pass from Zach Mettenberger.  Hunter, a second-year receiver, now has three career touchdown catches of at least 40 yards and two 40-plus-yard touchdowns in 2014.                 

McCLUSTER'S FIRST TOUCHDOWN AS A TITAN: Dexter McCluster caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Zach Mettenberger in the fourth quarter.  It was the fifth-year running back's first touchdown in a Titans uniform and his sixth career receiving touchdown.  McCluster joined the Titans in the offseason as a free agent from the Kansas City Chiefs.  

FIRST CAREER ACTION FOR ANDREWS: Titans rookie running back Antonio Andrews was on the 46-man active gameday roster for the first time.  In the fourth quarter, he saw his first career action and returned a pair of kickoffs for 27 and 20 yards. 

CASEY LEADS TEAM WITH FIVE SACKS: In the first quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey sacked Mark Sanchez for a seven-yard loss.  It gave Casey a team-high five sacks in 2014 and 21 sacks during his four-year career. 

SACK BY MORGAN: In the fourth quarter, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan took down Mark Sanchez for a two-yard loss, giving him 3.5 sacks in 2014 and 20 sacks in his five-year career.  Morgan now has at least a half sack in four of the last five games.  


STAFFORD'S FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION:In the third quarter,Daimion Staffordnotched his first career interception. The second-year safety picked off aMark Sanchez** pass and raced 33 yards on the return.

GHEE'S FIRST INTERCEPTION: Brandon Ghee recorded his first career start, opening the game as an extra cornerback.  Late in the first quarter, the fifth-year veteran notched his first career interception, picking off a Mark Sanchez pass that was intended for Riley Cooperat the Philadelphia 30-yard line. The takeaway led to a Titans touchdown on the ensuing drive.   

LONG RETURN BY LEON WASHINGTON: In the first quarter, Leon Washington returned a kickoff 44 yards, giving him his second-longest return of the season.  

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, wide receiver Kris Durham, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, defensive back Marqueston Huff, tackle Will Svitek, tight end Richard Gordon and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua.   

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