Titans-Broncos Postgame Notes

Monday, Sept 14, 2020

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  • The Titans improved the franchise's all-time Kickoff Weekend record to 32-29, including a 12-10 Kickoff Weekend record in the Titans era (since 1999).
  • The Titans earned their second consecutive Week 1 victory. They won at Cleveland in their 2019 opener.
  • The Titans earned the franchise's first win at Denver since the Oilers won at Mile High on Oct. 4, 1987.
  • The Titans won time of possession against the Broncos by more than five minutes—32:40 to 27:20.
  • The Titans offense converted 43.8 percent on third down—seven conversions on 16 attempts.
  • In the second quarter, the defense produced a goal-line stand, stopping the Broncos on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, when tight end Jake Butt was tackled by Jeffery Simmons and DaQuan Jones for no gain on a pass from Drew Lock. The Broncos originally had a first-and-goal from the two-yard line.
  • The Titans defense limited the Broncos offense to three total yards in the third quarter. The Titans offense had 101 yards in the third stanza.
  • For the second consecutive regular season game, dating back to the 2019 finale at Houston, the Titans had a 100-yard rusher (116 by Derrick Henry) and a 100-yard receiver (101 by Corey Davis).
  • The offense converted touchdowns on both of its goal-to-go possessions and two of its three possessions in the red zone.
  • The 9:20 p.m. CDT kickoff time was the latest kickoff time for any regular season or postseason game played by the franchise in its "Titans era" (1999-present).
  • The game was played at Empower Field at Mile High without fans in the stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions.


  • Posted five receptions for 39 yards. It was his 17th consecutive regular season game to begin his career with at least one reception.


  • Recorded his first career forced fumble in the second quarter on a rushing attempt by Melvin Gordon III. The ball was recovered at Denver's 23-yard line by defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, and the offense scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.
  • Led the defense with nine tackles and added a pass defensed.


  • Made his debut in a Titans uniform and totaled three tackles, including a tackle for loss.


  • Led the team with seven receptions and 101 receiving yards, including a long reception of 23 yards in the second quarter. His reception total tied for the second-highest number of his career, and his yardage total ranked third in his career.
  • Contributed a nine-yard catch for a first down during the game-winning scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.
  • Recorded the eighth 100-yard receiving game in franchise history by a player in a Week 1 road game. It was the team's second consecutive Week 1 game with such a performance after A.J. Brown recorded 100 yards at Cleveland in the 2019 season opener.


  • Made his debut in a Titans uniform.
  • Made the game-winning 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to notch his 10th career game-winning field goal (ninth in the regular season).


  • Rushed for 116 yards on 31 carries to notch his 14th career 100-yard rushing game (regular season and playoffs).
  • Became the third player in franchise history to record 10 consecutive regular season games with at least 80 scrimmage yards. He had 131 scrimmage yards against the Broncos—116 rushing and 15 receiving—to join Chris Johnson (12 games from 2009 to 2010), Eddie George (10 games in 1998) and Billy Cannon (10 games from 1961 to 1962) as the only franchise players to accomplish the feat. The only active NFL streak better than Henry's is owned by Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who is currently riding an 11-game stretch of 80-yard scrimmage games after Week 1.
  • Dating back to Nov. 10, 2019, he has eight 100-yard rushing games in his 10 most recent games, including six 100-yard efforts in the regular season and two in the postseason.
  • His 31 attempts made up the third-highest total of his career in the regular season.


  • Finished second on the team with six receptions and 47 receiving yards. He had two receptions for 14 yards during the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
  • Tied his high mark for number of receptions in a Titans uniform. He had two such performances in 2019, his first season with the club.


  • Became the franchise's first rookie drafted in the seventh round or later to start a Week 1 game since Sept. 10, 1989, when Oilers ninth-round rookie tight end Bob Mrosko started at Minnesota. Jackson registered one tackle in the contest.


  • Became the seventh player in franchise history to play in 12 seasons with the organization, joining Bruce Matthews (1983–2001), Elvin Bethea (1968–1983), Brad Hopkins (1993–2005), Gregg Bingham (1973–1983), Mike Munchak (1982–1993) and Craig Hentrich (1998–2009). Kern is the first to accomplish the feat exclusively in the "Titans era" (1999–present).
  • Punted four times at Denver for a 51.0-yard gross average and a 47.0-yard net average, including a long punt of 66 yards to help pin the Broncos inside their 10-yard line in the second quarter.


  • Caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter on his only reception of the game. It was his third career touchdown reception.


  • Recorded his first career fumble recovery in the second quarter on a carry by Melvin Gordon III (fumble forced by Kevin Byard). He recovered the ball at Denver's 23-yard line, and the offense scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive. He also totaled four tackles in the contest.


  • Totaled four receptions for 38 yards, including a one-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Ryan Tannehill in the fourth quarter. It was his ninth career touchdown reception.
  • Recorded a 22-yard reception on a screen play in the first quarter.


  • Improved his record to 10-4 as a starter with the Titans, including playoffs.
  • Improved his career record as a starter in season openers to 5-2.
  • Finished with a 97.9 passer rating after completing 29 of 43 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 14 yards on three attempts.
  • Registered his 17th career game-winning drive and his fourth as a member of the Titans. On the team's final drive, which ended with the go-ahead 25-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, Tannehill completed five of seven attempts for 40 yards.
  • His two touchdown passes included a two-yard pass to tight end MyCole Pruitt in the second quarter and a one-yard touchdown toss to tight end Jonnu Smith in the fourth quarter.
  • Extended his streak to 11 consecutive regular season games with at least one touchdown pass, the longest streak by a Titans quarterback since Steve McNair set the franchise record from 2001 to 2002 with a streak of 23 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
  • Extended his streak to eight consecutive regular season games with at least two touchdown passes, which is the best streak of his career (five in 2015) and tied for the best such streak in franchise history. He tied Marcus Mariota's record, which was set in 2016.
  • His 43 passing attempts were his most in a game since Sept. 18, 2016, when he attempted 45 passes as a member of the Miami Dolphins against the New England Patriots. It was the highest number by a Titans quarterback since Marcus Mariota attempted 44 passes against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 27, 2015.