Titans-49ers Game Notes


SELLOUT STREAK HITS 150: Sunday's game against the 49ers was the 150th all-time contest at LP Field, including all preseason, regular season and postseason contests.  Each of the 150 games sold out.

LOCKER RETURNS: Jake Locker, who was listed as questionable on the injury report entering the game, returned to the starting lineup for the Titans.  He missed the previous two games after suffering knee and hip injuries Sept. 29 against the New York Jets.

LOCKER'S PASSING TOTAL: Against the 49ers, Jake Locker recorded his third career 300-yard passing game, completing 25 of 41 passes for 326 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  His 326 yards were the second-highest of his career (387 against Detroit on Sept. 23, 2012) and included the second-longest completion of his career, a 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson.  His totals also included a 42-yard pass to Nate Washington and a 26-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker for 26 yards.

WALKER TIES CAREER HIGH: In the fourth quarter, tight end Delanie Walker caught a 26-yard pass from Jake Locker for a touchdown. With his third touchdown reception of the season, Walker tied his career high, set in 2011 and matched in 2012.

WRIGHT SETS CAREER HIGH: Wide receiver Kendall Wright led all players in the game with nine receptions and 98 receiving yards.  The second-year player's reception total tied his career high (Oct. 7, 2012 at Minnesota), and his yardage total set a new career best (78 vs. Houston on Dec. 2, 2012).

JOHNSON TIES NINTH-LONGEST TOUCHDOWN: Chris Johnson's 66-yard touchdown reception was his 15th career play of 50 yards or longer and his third touchdown reception of 50 yards or longer.  The play tied for Johnson's ninth-longest career touchdown. 

JOHNSON REACHES 50 TOUCHDOWNS: In the fourth quarter, Chris Johnson caught a screen pass from Jake Locker and raced 66 yards for a touchdown.  In doing so, Johnson reached 50 total touchdowns for his career.  He became the fourth player in franchise history to reach the 50-touchdown plateau, joining Eddie George (74), Earl Campbell (73) and Charlie Hennigan (51).

JOHNSON REACHES 9,000: With a seven-yard carry in the second quarter, Chris Johnson went over 9,000 career yards from scrimmage.  Johnson became the third player in franchise history to reach the mark, joining Eddie George and Earl Campbell.

CASEY REACHES CAREER HIGH IN SACKS: Jurrell Casey picked up his fourth sack of the season, taking down Colin Kaepernick for a two-yard loss in the fourth quarter.  His four sacks put him in a tie with Ropati Pitoitua for the team lead and amount to a new career high for the defensive tackle, who now has 9.5 career sacks.  The third-year veteran's previous high was three sacks in 2012.

LONG RECEPTION BY WASHINGTON: Late in the third quarter, Jake Locker and Nate Washington connected on a 42-yard reception.  It was the second-longest reception of the season for Washington, who finished with 62 yards on three catches and extended his streak to 85 consecutive games with at least one reception. 

WRIGHT GETS TO 100 RECEPTIONS: Wide receiver Kendall Wright recorded his fifth reception of the game in the third quarter to bring his career total to 100 receptions.  In reaching the mark in his 22nd career game, Wright tied Bill Groman (1960–1961) and Webster Slaughter (1992–1993) for the second-fewest games in franchise history to 100 receptions.  Charlie Hennigan set the record by taking only 21 games to get to the 100-catch plateau from 1960–1961.

ANTONIO JOHNSON NOTCHES THIRD SACK: In the second quarter, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson recorded a one-yard sack to give him three sacks in 2013.  Previously, the highest sack total Johnson ever had in his seven-year career was one in 2009.

GREENE BACK IN ACTION: Running back Shonn Greene was back in action for the first time since the season opener at Pittsburgh on Sept. 8.  He missed the next five games with a knee injury.

BIRONAS TIES BULLUCK AND BETHEA: Titans kicker Rob Bironas played in his 135th consecutive game to join elite company on the franchise's all-time consecutive games played list.  His 135 consecutive games equaled former Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea (1968–1977) and former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck (2000–2009) for fourth place on the list.   He trails only offensive lineman Bruce Matthews (232 from 1987–2001), linebacker Robert Brazile (147 from 1975–1984) and punter Craig Hentrich (146 from 1998–2007).

McCARTHY IN STARTING LINEUP: Moise Fokou started Tennessee's first six games at middle linebacker, but he missed the game against the 49ers with a knee injury. That opened the door for Colin McCarthy to notch his first start since Nov. 25, 2012.  McCarthy missed the last five games of the 2012 campaign with injuries and played mostly on special teams this season until Fokou's injury.

PAIR OF ROOKIES NOTCH THEIR FIRST CAREER STARTS: Center Brian Schwenke was active and started for the first time in his NFL career against the 49ers.  The fourth-round pick from the University of California was inactive for the first six games of 2013 while Rob Turner started at center.  Meanwhile, with starting defensive end Derrick Morgan out with a shoulder injury, rookie Lavar Edwards, a fifth-round pick from Louisiana State, recorded his first career start.  

MORGAN INACTIVE: Defensive end Derrick Morgan was inactive with a shoulder injury, ending his streak of 37 consecutive games played.  He had not missed a contest since the 2011 opener (Sept. 11) at Jacksonville.  The six other inactive players besides Morgan were quarterback Rusty Smith, linebacker Moise Fokou, linebacker Zaviar Gooden, linebacker Patrick Bailey, center/guard Rob Turner and tackle Byron Stingily.

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