Game Notes: Titans vs. Steelers



MARIOTA RUSHES FOR SCORE:In the first quarter, quarterbackMarcus Mariotarushed for his fourth touchdown of the season.  On third-and-goal, he scrambled for a score to give him his eighth career rushing touchdown.  Among quarterbacks in 2017, Mariota's four rushing touchdowns are tied with Cleveland'sDeShone Kizerand Carolina'sCam Newtonfor the second-most in the NFL.  Dallas'Dak Prescott** leads NFL quarterbacks with five rushing touchdowns.


MARIOTA PASSES YOUNG:In the second quarter,Marcus MariotapassedVince Young(8,098 passing yards) for fifth place in franchise history in career passing yards.  Mariota now trails onlyWarren Moon(33,685),Steve McNair(27,141),George Blanda(19,149) andDan Pastorini** (16,864) on the all-time list.

MARIOTA SETS CAREER LONG: On the first play of the third quarter, Marcus Mariota hit Rishard Matthews for a 75-yard touchdown. It was the longest pass of Mariota's career, topping his previous long, a 61-yard touchdown pass at New Orleans on Nov. 8, 2015.

MARIOTA OVER 300: Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 33 passes for 306 yards, recording his fifth career 300-yard passing game and his second of 2017.

MATTHEWS OVER 100: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews led the offense with 113 receiving yards on five catches.  He reached the 100-yard mark for the first time in 2017 and the seventh time in his career.


CAREER LONG FOR MATTHEWS:**Rishard Matthews turned a pass from Marcus Mariota into a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter, giving the sixth-year wide receiver the longest reception of his career.  His previous long was a 60-yard catch at Houston on Oct. 2, 2016.

TOUCHDOWN 20 FOR MATTHEWS: Rishard Matthews'touchdown against the Steelers was his third of 2017 and the 20th of his career.  His 12 touchdown receptions since the beginning of the 2016 season put him in a tie for the eighth-highest total in the NFL during that time.

WALKER LEADS IN RECEPTIONS AGAIN: Tight end Delanie Walker led the team with six receptions and had a season-high 92 receiving yards.  It was the seventh time in 2017 he either led the club or tied for the team lead in receptions.

BIG CATCH BY WALKER: In the third quarter, Delanie Walker caught a 42-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to record his longest reception of the season.   It also was Walker's 26th reception of 25 yards or longer since the beginning of the 2014 season, which is tied with Kansas City's Travis Kelce for the second-most in the NFL and trails only New England's Rob Gronkowski (44).

DEFENSE LIMITS BELL: The Titans defense limited Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher in 2017, to 46 yards on 12 carries.  Bell's longest rushing attempt was seven yards.  As a team, the Steelers gained only 65 yards on 21 attempts for an average of 3.1 yards per carry.

STEELERS 33 PERCENT ON THIRD DOWN: For the sixth consecutive game, the Titans defense held its opponent under 38 percent on third down.  The Steelers were 33.3 percent, converting on four of their 12 attempts.  During the six-week span, which began with their matchup with the Miami Dolphins (Oct. 8), the Titans defense allowed only 21 conversions on third down in 75 attempts, a rate of only 28 percent.

MORGAN NOTCHES SACK: In the second quarter, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan sacked Ben Roethlisberger for a six-yard loss, which gave Morgan a team-high six sacks in 2017.  His 42.5 career sacks rank ninth in franchise history.

KLUG RECORDS SACK: In the second quarter, defensive lineman Karl Klug sacked Ben Roethlisberger for a seven-yard loss.  The play gave Klug 1.5 sacks in 2017 and 21.5 in his seven-year career.

SACK FOR WALDEN: In the third quarter, outside linebacker Erik Walden sacked Ben Roethlisberger for a three-yard loss.  Walden notched his second sack of 2017 and the 34th of his 10-year career.


BUSY NIGHT FOR JACKSON:**Adoree' Jackson returned five kickoffs for 103 yards, setting highs in both categories for his rookie season.  Fielding punts, he had one return for 10 yards. He also recorded at least one rushing attempt for the third consecutive week, picking up five yards on his only carry against the Steelers.

STARTING 22: For the first time since the Sept. 10 regular season opener, all 22 of the team's listed starters at the beginning of the season were active.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Darius Jennings, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Curtis Riley, guar/center Corey Levin, outside linebacker Kevin Dodd and defensive end David King.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11 at Heinz Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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