Game Notes: Titans vs. Patriots


GREEN-BECKHAM TOPS 100 FOR SECOND TIME:For the second time in his rookie season, second-round wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham went over the 100-yard receiving mark, leading the Titans at New England with six receptions for 113 yards.  He hit the 100-yard plateau for the first time on Dec. 6 with 119 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Green-Beckham became the third NFL rookie in 2015 to record multiple 100-yard receiving games, joining Oakland's Amari Cooper and Minnesota's Stefon Diggs.  Green-Beckham, Kenny Britt (2009) and Justin Hunter(2013) are the only three rookies in the "Titans era" (1999—present) with multiple 100-yard receiving games. 


METTENBERGER COMES OFF BENCH FOR MARIOTA: Titans starting quarterbackMarcus Mariotasuffered a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return to the game. **Zach Mettenbergercame off the bench to complete 20 of 28 passes for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  His second touchdown pass of the season came in the third quarter, when he delivered a seven-yard scoring strike toDelanie Walker.  Mettenberger and Walker connected again for a score in the fourth quarter, this time on a 57-yard completion. Mettenberger's two touchdown passes tied his career high, which he achieved three times as a rookie in 2014. Mettenberger's 71.4 completion percentage at New England set a personal high, and his 242 passing yards rank fourth in his two-year career.


WALKER SCORES TWICE, BREAKS YARDAGE RECORD: On a 57-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, tight endDelanie Walkerbroke his own franchise record for the most receiving yards in a season by a tight end.  He set the record in 2014 with 890 yards and now has 76 receptions for 935 yards and six touchdowns in 2015.  The 57-yard score at New England was the fourth-longest reception of his career. Earlier in the day, he caught a seven-yard touchdown pass fromZach Mettenberger**.  Walker's two scores gave him 24 career touchdown receptions, including six in 2015.  That matches the highest total of his 10-year career, equaling the six touchdown catches he had in 2013.  Walker's two touchdowns in the game tied his single-game career high, set initially at New Orleans on Nov. 8.


The Tennessee Titans take on the New England Patriots in Week 15 at Gillette Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

WALKER TIES REED: With two receptions at New England, which gave him 199 catches in a Titans uniform,Delanie WalkertiedAlvin Reed** (199) for third on the franchise's all-time tight end receptions list.  Walker and Reed are tied for 16th on the team's career receptions list among all players.

CASEY, ORAKPO SHARE SEASON SACK LEAD:In the first quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey recorded a seven-yard sack of Tom Brady on third down.  The play gave Casey 28 career sacks and seven this season, which ranks as his second-highest total behind the 10.5 sacks he had in 2013.  Casey and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo are tied for the team lead in sacks in 2015.

KLUG NOTCHES SACK AGAIN:In the third quarter, defensive lineman Karl Klug notched a seven-yard sack against Tom Brady.  The play gave Klug 19 career sacks, including 4.5 sacks this season.  It is Klug's highest total since his seven-sack rookie season of 2011.


GRIFFIN TIES MCNAIR IN GAMES PLAYED: Titans safetyMichael Griffinappeared in his 139th career game, which put him in a tie withSteve McNair** for 19th place on the team's all-time games played list.

STAFFORD STARTS:WithDa'Norris Searcyinactive due to a hamstring*injury,Daimion Stafford* recorded his second start of the season and the second start of his three-year career.

CAPTAIN MARIOTA:For the first time in his rookie season, Marcus Mariota was wearing a captain's patch on his jersey. He received the honor after one of the team's offensive captains, running back Dexter McCluster, was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.  Mariota is the first Titans rookie to wear the "C" patch since the program was instituted by the NFL in 2007.   


SUCCOP DELIVERS ON FIRST FIELD GOAL IN A MONTH: Ryan Succop** had not attempted a field goal in a month and a day until he made a 49-yard attempt during the second quarter at New England.  Succop went three games without an attempt after last attempting one at Jacksonville on Nov. 19.  It was the longest stretch of his seven-year career between field goal attempts.                                         

KERN HAS TOP 10 DAY IN TEAM HISTORY: Brett Kern punted five times against the Patriots, averaging 54.4 gross yards and 47.2 net yards with one punt placed inside the 20.  His punts went for 51, 48, 61, 56 and 56 yards, respectively.  The gross average was the sixth best in franchise history (minimum four punts to qualify) and the fifth best of his career, and the net average was the ninth best in team history and the eighth best of his career.  


BIG PLAY ON SPECIAL TEAMS: In the second quarter, the Titans punt coverage unit forced a turnover. After a 61-yard punt byBrett Kern,Phillip Supernawknocked the ball out of the hands of returnerDanny Amendola, andCody Riggs** was there to recover the fumble.  It was Supernaw's first career forced fumble and Riggs' first career fumble recovery. 

PENALTY LOWS:For the second consecutive week, the Titans committed only three penalties, matching their total from their game at the New York Jets.  Prior to that point, they had not had as few as three penalties since being flagged only once against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 17, 2014.  Over the last six weeks, the Titans have averaged 4.0 penalties per game after averaging 7.4 penalties during their first eight games.

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were wide receivers Kendall Wright and Damaris Johnson, safety Da'Norris Searcy, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, and defensive linemen Mike Martin and Ropati Pitoitua.  Wright (ribs), Searcy (hamstring) and Martin (knee) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.


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