METTENBERGER'S SEVENTH CAREER START:With quarterback Marcus Mariota inactive due to a knee injury, Zach Mettenbergerrecorded his seventh career start. Mettenberger was 22-of-35 passing for 187 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
METTENBERGER-TO-WRIGHT TD: In the second quarter,Zach Mettenbergercompleted his first touchdown pass of the season on a 19-yard pass to wide receiverKendall Wright**. It was the ninth touchdown pass of Mettenberger's two-year career. Wright notched his third touchdown reception of 2015 and the 15th touchdown catch of his four-year career.
ANDREWS LEADS IN RUSHING:Second-year running back Antonio Andrews led the Titans with a career-high 57 yards on 10 carries, including a career-long rush of 17 yards in the first quarter.
GALLIK'S FIRST START ENDS EARLY: With starting center Brian Schwenke going on injured reserve earlier in the week (leg), sixth-round rookie Andy Gallik notched the first start of his career. However, Gallik was injured late in the first half and diagnosed with a stinger, forcing fourth-year veteran Joe Looney to finish the game at center. Looney was signed as a free agent only five days before the game against the Falcons.
WALKER REACHES 150 WITH THE TITANS:With an eight-yard reception in the third quarter, Delanie Walker became the fifth tight end in franchise history to reach 150 catches with the club, joining Frank Wycheck (482), Bo Scaife (251), Alvin Reed (199) and Erron Kinney (178). Walker led the team with seven receptions for 55 yards against the Falcons.
INTERCEPTION FOR BASS: In the second quarter,David Bassrecorded his second career interception. The third-year outside linebacker, who is in his first season in Tennessee, picked off a batted pass byMatt Ryan** and returned the ball eight yards to help set up a Titans touchdown on the ensuing play.
WILLIAMSON'S FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION:On a fourth-and-goal inside the one-yard line in the fourth quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a pass into the end zone to tight end Jacob Tamme. The ball was deflected first by defensive back Marqueston Huff and then by Tamme. Inside linebacker Avery Williamson dove for the ball, preventing Tamme from collecting it and coming up with his first interception in two NFL seasons.
TITANS LIMIT FALCONS TO LOWEST POINT TOTAL OF SEASON:The Titans held the Falcons to 10 points, the Falcons' lowest total of the season. Entering the game, the Falcons ranked third in the NFL in scoring, averaging 30.5 points per game. The Falcons' three points in the first half tied for their lowest output in any half this season, matching their first-half total against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 11.
ALLOWING 10 POINTS IN A LOSS:The 10 points allowed by the Titans were the fewest by one of their opponents since the Chiefs had 10 points in the 2014 season opener at Kansas City (Sept. 7). It tied for the third-lowest total allowed in franchise history in a game the Titans/Oilers lost, trailing only a 7-3 loss to the Steelers on Oct. 18, 1970 and a 9-3 defeat at the hands of the Steelers on Dec. 10, 1972. The last time the Titans/Oilers lost while allowing 10 or fewer points was Oct. 27, 1996, when they fell 10-9 in Houston to the San Francisco 49ers.
TWO STOPS ON FOURTH DOWN: The Titans defense came away with a pair of big stops on fourth down. The Falcons had a fourth-and-two at the start of the second quarter at the Tennessee 41-yard line, when cornerbackJason McCourtybroke up a pass intended for wide receiverJulio Jones. In the fourth quarter, the Titans stopped the Falcons near the goal line with a big play on fourth down. On fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, linebackerAvery Williamson** recorded an interception in the end zone to keep the Titans within three points.
THIRD-DOWN DEFENSE:The Falcons were five-of-14 on third down against the Titans, a rate of 36 percent. Entering the game at Nissan Stadium, the Falcons were third in the NFL in third-down offense at 48 percent.
PENALTIES DOWN:The Titans recorded season lows through six games with five penalties and 45 penalty yards against the Falcons.
INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Marcus Mariota, cornerback Perrish Cox, safety Michael Griffin, running back Terrance West, offensive lineman Quinton Spain, wide receiver Harry Douglas and nose tackle Sammie Hill. Mariota (knee), Cox (hamstring), Griffin (knee), Douglas (ribs) and Hill (knee) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.