Titans-Chargers Postgame Notes

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TEAM NOTES

·      The Titans offense scored touchdowns on both of their red-zone possessions, marking the second consecutive game they were perfect inside the opponent's 20-yard line. They scored touchdowns on all three of their red-zone chances against Jacksonville on Dec. 11. The Titans offense has reached the end zone on 25 of its 37 red-zone possessions in 2022 (67.6 percent).

·      With two takeaways on interceptions and one giveaway on an interception, the Titans won the turnover battle for the sixth time in 2022.

·      The Titans possessed the ball for 30 minutes and 12 seconds, registering their sixth game in which they had a time of possession of at least 30 minutes.

·      The Titans limited the Chargers to 17 points. In 14 games, their opponent has been held to 17 or fewer points on seven occasions.

·      The Titans defense limited the Chargers offense to four total third-down conversions on 13 attempts (30.8 percent). It was the ninth time in 14 games that the Titans kept their opponents under 40 percent on third down.

·      The Titans limited the Chargers to 74 rushing yards on 24 attempts (3.1 avg.), marking the 11th time this season—and the 11th time in a 12-game span—that their opponents did not reach the 100-yard rushing mark. The Titans entered the week ranked third in the NFL in rushing defense (81.3 opponent rushing yards per game) and now have allowed an average of 80.8 opponent rushing yards per contest.

·      The Titans defense totaled three sacks. It was the eighth game in 2022 in which the unit totaled three or more sacks.

·      The Titans defense notched two interceptions to match the team's season high from Oct. 23 against Indianapolis.

·      It was the Titans' second game this season with multiple interceptions and three (or more) sacks, matching what they did on Oct. 23 against Indianapolis.

S KEVIN BYARD

·      Totaled five tackles and one interception.

·      Intercepted a Justin Herbert pass at Tennessee's 17-yard line in the third quarter, recording his second interception of the season.

·      With his 25th career interception, he tied Michael Griffin and Ken Houston (25) for eighth place all-time for the franchise. He tied Griffin for the most interceptions for the franchise during its "Titans era" (1999–present).

·      Notched his fifth NFL season with multiple interceptions.

·      His 25 interceptions since 2017 is the highest total among all safeties and puts him in a tie with cornerback J.C. Jackson for the second-most interceptions in the NFL in that span. Only cornerback Xavien Howard (28) has more.

WR CHRIS CONLEY

·      Established a season high with three receptions for 19 yards.

ILB JACK GIBBENS

·      Logged his first career tackle and finished the game tied for second place on the defense with six total tackles.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·      Played in his 100th career regular-season game.

·      Rushed for 104 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts (5.0 avg.). He also tied for the team lead with four receptions and led the squad with 59 receiving yards.

·      Registered his third career game in which he totaled at least 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards.

·      His 163 scrimmage yards gave him 18 career games with at least 150 scrimmage yards.

·      Surpassed 8,000 career rushing yards (8,100). He became the seventh player in NFL history to record 8,000 rushing yards and 75 rushing touchdowns (77) within his first 100 NFL games, joining Eric Dickerson, Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith, Shaun Alexander, LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson.

·      Extended his franchise record with his 80th total career touchdown (77 rushing and three receiving). He joined current Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (81) as the only NFL players to reach 80 total touchdowns since the beginning of the 2016 campaign.

·      Reached 1,200 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns in the same season for the third time in his career, becoming the 14th player in NFL history to record three such seasons and the first to do so since Marshawn Lynch (2011, 2013, 2014).

·      Tallied his 35th total 100-yard rushing game, including 32 games in the regular season and three games in the playoffs.

·      Increased his career total to 9,325 scrimmage yards, surpassing Earl Campbell (9,292) for the third-most scrimmage yards in franchise history behind Eddie George (12, 153) and Chris Johnson (9,968).

·      Took a pass 37 yards in the second quarter, and four plays later, he rushed for a four-yard touchdown. He accounted for all 63 of the offense's yards on the drive.

TE AUSTIN HOOPER

·      Totaled 33 yards on a pair of receptions, including a 17-yarder to help set up the game-tying score late in the fourth quarter.

DB JOSHUA KALU

·      Totaled two total tackles, one tackle for loss and an interception.

·      Dropped wide receiver DeAndre Carter for a 10-yard tackle for loss on a rushing play in the second quarter.

·      Registered his first career interception late in the second quarter, picking off Justin Herbert's pass in the end zone to help prevent a Chargers score to end the half.

CB GREG MABIN

·      Led the defense with nine total tackles.

CB ROGER McCREARY

·      Totaled three tackles and a team-high two passes defensed.

·      Helped force a turnover late in the second quarter. While he was in the air going out of bounds in his own end zone, he caught Justin Herbert's pass and lateraled the ball to teammate Joshua Kalu, who secured it for the interception.

TE CHIG OKONKWO

·      Tied for the team lead with four receptions and finished second on the squad with 54 receiving yards.

·      With 374 receiving yards on 25 catches in 2022, he broke Ben Troupe's franchise rookie tight end record of 329 receiving yards.

·      Registered a 28-yard catch late in the fourth quarter to help set up the game-tying score. His fifth reception of 25-plus yards in 2022 put him in a tie for second place among all tight ends behind only Kansas City's Travis Kelce (11).

CB JOHN REID

·      Registered his first start in a Titans uniform (fourth career start).

·      Tied his career high with five total tackles, marking the third time in his career he posted five total stops.

ILB MONTY RICE

·      Tied for second place on the defense with six tackles and added a pass defensed.

DT JEFFERY SIMMONS

·      Tied for second place on the team with six tackles, including a sack.

·      Sacked Justin Herbert for a nine-yard loss in the first quarter. He improved his season total to 7.5 sacks and his career total to 20.1 sacks.

P RYAN STONEHOUSE

·      Averaged 56.0 gross yards and 45.6 net yards on seven punts with four punts placed inside the 20.

·      Registered his sixth consecutive game with a gross punting average of at least 50.0 yards, matching his own NFL record set earlier this season from Week 1-7.

·      Helped pin the Chargers inside the 20 with a 66-yard punt in the third quarter.

·      Booted a 68-yard punt in the fourth quarter.

·      Increased his NFL-leading total to eight punts of at least 65 yards in 2022.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·      Completed 15 of 22 passes for 165 yards with one interception (71.2 passer rating).

·      Exited the game temporarily after the third play due to an ankle injury, but he reentered the contest in the second quarter.

·      Rushed for his 26th career touchdown and his second of 2022, scoring on a one-yard quarterback sneak late in the fourth quarter. The ensuing extra point tied the score with 48 seconds remaining.

DL DeMARCUS WALKER

·      Totaled five tackles, including a pair of sacks.

·      Helped end a Chargers drive in the third quarter with a seven-yard sack of Justin Herbert on third down and repeated the feat with a six-yard sack later in the third quarter.

·      Tied his career high with two sacks, marking the third such performance in his career and first since Nov. 29, 2020 against the New Orleans Saints as a member of the Denver Broncos.

·      Registered his fifth performance in an eight-game stretch with at least one sack.

·      Established a new career high with 6.5 sacks in 2022, topping the 4.5 sacks he had in 2020 with the Broncos. He improved his career total to 18.0 sacks.

QB MALIK WILLIS

·      Saw action in the first and second quarters after Ryan Tannehill exited temporarily with an injury.

·      Completed three of four passes for 20 yards and also contributed an eight-yard rushing attempt.

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