Titans Game Notes

HEAT: Today's official game-time temperature (temperature at opening kickoff) was 87 degrees, making it the hottest home game since the Titans moved into LP Field in 1999.  The previous high was 85 degrees against the New York Jets on Sept. 10, 2006.

CJ'S STREAK STOPPED AT 2ND ALL TIME: Titans running back Chris Johnson had his streak of 12 consecutive 100-yard rushing games snapped against the Steelers, carrying 16 times for 34 yards.  Johnson's streak, which dated back to Oct. 18, 2009, ended as the second longest in NFL history.  Former Lions running back Barry Sanders established the record of 14 games in 1997.

TITANS HOLD STEELERS TO 127 YARDS: The Titans limited the Steelers offense to 127 total net yards in the game.  The amount was the 15th lowest in franchise history, the lowest allowed by the team since Dec. 25, 2000 (95 vs. Dallas), and the lowest in 20 years in a loss.  On Sept. 16, 1990, the Oilers gave up only 123 yards to the Steelers but lost 20-9.   

OPPONENT'S PASSING YARDS EIGHTH LOWEST IN TEAM HISTORY: The Steelers finished the game with 21 net passing yards against the Titans.  Their 43 gross yards through the air were partially offset by 22 yards on four sacks.  The Titans had not given up so few passing yards in a game since allowing nine against the Cowboys on Dec. 25, 2000, and the total was the eighth lowest in franchise history.   

WITHERSPOON SACK & FORCED FUMBLE: In the first quarter, linebacker Will Witherspoon recorded his second consecutive game with a sack.  On the play, he knocked the ball out of the hands of Dennis Dixon, and it was recovered by defensive end Dave Ball.  Witherspoon, a 2010 free agent signee, now has 22 career sacks in nine NFL seasons. The takeaway led to a 21-yard field goal by Rob Bironas.

BACK-TO-BACK SACKS FOR BABIN: Defensive end Jason Babin was credited with a sack of Dennis Dixon on the final play of the first quarter.  Babin, an unrestricted free agent addition in 2010, has back-to-back games with one or more sacks for the first time in his career.  The seven-year veteran also recorded a sack in Week 1 against the Raiders,  

WASHINGTON SCORES AGAINST FORMER TEAM: Titans wide receiver Nate Washington caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Kerry Collins in the fourth quarter.  It was the second consecutive game with a touchdown for Washington, who had a 56-yarder in Week 1.  Washington was signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Steelers in 2009.

MARIANI BIG RETURN: Rookie Marc Mariani delivered a 38-yard punt return in the first quarter.  The punt return was the longest by a Titans player since Chris Carr's 44-yarder against Cleveland on Dec. 7, 2008. 

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