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Titans Fall 40-14 to Packers, Will Aim for AFC South Title Next Sunday


GREEN BAY – The Titans have put their goal of winning the AFC South on ice for another week.

On a snowy night at Lambeau Field, the Titans froze up in a 40-14 loss to the Packers.

"We just didn't do enough tonight (to win)," Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said. "We didn't coach well enough, and we didn't play well enough. I don't think anybody should be confident in anything that we did tonight. We all have to be better."

Now the Titans head into next Sunday's Week 17 matchup against the Texans needing a win to guarantee themselves their first division title since the 2008 season, although other AFC contests could also play a part in the team's quest to make the playoffs for the second straight year.

Next Sunday's game at Houston has been rescheduled for a 3:25 CST kickoff.

"Any time we lose it bothers me, bothers me a lot," Titans safety Kevin Byard said. "Obviously as a defense, we didn't give our offense, we didn't give our team a chance.

"But it is very important that we try and hurry up and try and regroup and try and forget this game honestly, because one of our goals we set at the beginning of the year is still there. We have to find a way to regroup and go out there and try and win the division next week vs Houston."

Titans running back Derrick Henry ran for 98 yards on 23 carries against the Packers.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a touchdown pass and he also ran for a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions in the contest.

But the Titans played poorly on defense, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, including three to receiver Davante Adams, while Packers running back AJ Dillon ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

The Titans fell to 10-5 with the loss, while the Packers improved to 12-3.

"I have to be better, and as an offense we have to be better," Tannehill said. "We knew coming in we (were going to have to score a lot) and we didn't get it done. There's no excuses we just have to play better. We have to be able to look at this, and get it fixed by next week."

In the snow, The Titans got off to a terrible start before staging a brief rally, but they couldn't sustain it.

The Packers took a 6-0 lead on their opening possession on a five-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Adams. After Tennessee's first drive stalled, Rodgers threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to receiver Equanimeous Brown on the first play of the second quarter to make it 12-0. The lead grew to 19-0 on another touchdown pass from Rodgers to Adams, this one from seven yards out.

The Titans came alive at the end of the second quarter, as Tannehill guided a 10-play, 71-yard scoring drive that he capped off with a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jonnu Smith to cut the lead to 19-7 with 37 seconds left before the half.

On the team's first possession of the third quarter, Tannehill scored on a 45-yard touchdown run to make it 19-14. Tannehill's sprint through the snow capped off a five-play, 66-yard drive.

The Packers didn't wait long to respond, however, and they put the game on ice.

After a 59-yard run by Aaron Jones (although replays showed he stepped out of bounds early on the run), the Packers scored again on another Rodgers-to-Adams touchdown pass, this one from eight yards out, and the Packers led 26-14. The Packers then stretched the lead to 40-14 on a pair of touchdown runs by Dillon.

The Titans now head into Week 17 with their playoff hopes on the line.

"We just have to win this next game, and do whatever it takes," safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "We have to watch the tape, make the corrections, and move on to Houston and hopefully we can win the game and advance to the playoffs."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 16 at Lambeau Field.

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