Titans Game Notes

REVERSAL: With their fifth straight win, the Titans extended their record for most consecutive wins in a season after starting a campaign 0-6.

SUCCESS VERSUS NFC: The Titans recorded their seventh consecutive win against the NFC, a streak that started against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 4, 2007. The Titans own the second-best interconference record (New England Patriots) since the start of 2006, when the current interconference "cycle" began (four-year period playing every team from the opposite conference).

BIRONAS AGAIN HITS FROM 50-PLUS: For the fourth time in three weeks, Rob Bironas made a field goal from beyond 50 yards. His 52-yard kick gave the Titans a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Bironas previously hit from 51 yards against Buffalo (11/15) and from 50 and 53 yards at Houston (11/23).

LONG SCORING DRIVE IN FIRST HALF: The Titans began their second drive on their own five-yard line with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter. The drive ended with 13:28 on the clock in the second quarter after a 24-yard field goal by Rob Bironas. In terms of time of possession, it was Tennessee's longest scoring drive of the season, bettering a seven-minute, 23-second series at Jacksonville on Oct. 4.

WASHINGTON HITS 2,000 CAREER YARDS: With a 35-yard reception in the second quarter, Nate Washingtonwent over 2,000 career receiving yards.

THREE POINTS ALLOWED IN FIRST HALF: The Titans defense allowed only three points against the Cardinals in the first half, the defense's lowest first-half total of the season. Also at halftime, the Titans were winning time of possession 17:02 to 12:58, and they outgained the Cardinals 211 yards to 121 yards.

JOHNSON MOVES UP FRANCHISE RUSHING LIST: Also in the third quarter, Chris Johnson moved up the franchise list for most rushing yards in a season. He passed Eddie George's 1998 total (1,294 yards) for 10th place, Earl Campbell's 1983 total (1,301) for ninth place and George's 1999 total (1,304) for eighth place. Later in the game, he vaulted into seventh place (1,368 by George in 1996) and then to sixth place (1,376 by Campbell in 1981). Johnson's season totals include 217 carries for 1,396 yards (6.4 avg.).

VANDEN BOSCH RECORDS SACK AGAINST FORMER TEAM: Former Cardinals defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch recorded a three-yard sack to end an Arizona drive in the third quarter, taking down Matt Leinart on third down. Vanden Bosch played for the Cardinals from 2001 to 2004 before coming to Tennessee as a free agent in 2005.

JOHNSON STRIKES AGAIN FROM LONG RANGE: Chris Johnson put the Titans up 13-3 in the third quarter with an 85-yard touchdown run, his third run of the season of 80-plus yards. The last player with three or more 80-plus yard rushes in one season was Barry Sanders (three) in 1997. Johnson's 85-yarder gave him three of the four longest rushes from scrimmage in franchise history (91, 89 and 85 yards).

JOHNSON'S 100-YARD & 125-YARD MILESTONES: Chris Johnson finished with 154 yards in the game, his 11th career 100-yard rushing game and his sixth consecutive 100-yard game. He became the only franchise player besides Earl Campbell (seven consecutive games in 1979 and six consecutive games in 1980) to rush for 100 yards in six straight contests. Also, Johnson became the third player in NFL history with six consecutive games rushing for 125 or more yards, joining Earl Campbell (1980) and Eric Dickerson (1984) as the only players to accomplish the feat. However, Johnson is the only player in league annals to have six consecutive 125-yard performances while averaging 5.0 yards per carry in each of the contests. Jim Brown accomplished the feat in five consecutive games.

JOHNSON SETS ONE-MONTH RUSHING RECORD: With a four-yard carry in the fourth quarter, Chris Johnson passed Ricky Williams to record the most rushing yards in any single month since 1970. Williams set the record with 797 yards in December 2002. In five November games this year, Johnson had 800 total rushing yards, including 154 against the Cardinals. Johnson began the month with a franchise-record 228 yards on the ground against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He followed that performance with 135 yards at San Francisco, 132 yards against Buffalo and 151 yards at Houston.

300/100/100 CLUB: For the first time since September 6, 1992 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Titans/Oilers franchise had in the same game a player pass for 300 yards, a player rush for 100 yards and a receiver record 100 yards. The trio to accomplish the feat against the Cardinals was Vince Young (387), Chris Johnson (154) and Kenny Britt (128). Warren Moon (330 yards passing), Lorenzo White (100 rushing) and Haywood Jeffires (117 receiving) were the last to do it.

DRIVE TO REMEMBER: Trailing 17-13 with 2:37 on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Titans took over at their own one-yard line. Eighteen plays later, Vince Young found Kenny Britt in the end zone for the game-winning, 10-yard touchdown pass as time expired. The drive included three conversions on fourth down and another third-down conversion. The 18 total plays were the most by the Titans on a scoring drive since putting together an 18-play touchdown drive at the New York Giants on Dec. 1, 2002. For Young, the drive against the Cardinals qualified as his fourth consecutive and ninth career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime (brought team back from tie or deficit in fourth quarter or overtime). Against the Cardinals, Young completed nine of 16 passes for 94 yards on the final drive. Young, whose regular season record as a starting quarterback is 23-11, has won nine consecutive regular season starts dating back to 2007.

YOUNG SETS CAREER HIGHS: In addition to being credited with a game-winning drive, Vince Young set career highs in passing attempts (43), completions (27) and passing yards (387). His 387 passing yards were the most by a Titans quarterback since Billy Volek's 492 yards at Oakland on Dec. 19, 2004. Young's passer rating of 99.7 against Arizona gave him a 90 or better rating in four of his five starts this season.

TITANS INACTIVES: The Titans' eight inactive players against the Cardinals included running backs LenDale White and Alvin Pearman, wide receiver Justin Gage, tackle Troy Kropog, cornerback Rod Hood, defensive end Dave Ball and defensive tackles Jason Jones and Sen'Derrick Marks.

OFFENSE PRODUCES TEAM'S FIFTH-BEST TOTAL SINCE MERGER: The Titans' 532 total yards against the Cardinals was their highest output since a 542-yard performance against Kansas City on Dec. 13, 2004. The yardage against Arizona qualified as the fifth-best total for the franchise since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

ROOKIE BRITT OVER 100, TAKES TEAM LEAD: With a 51-yard catch in the fourth quarter, rookie wide receiver Kenny Britt went over 100 yards receiving for the second time in his career. The first-round pick from Rutgers later made the game-winning 10-yard reception as time expired, giving him a team-high seven receptions and 128 receiving yards in the game. Britt is now tied with Chris Johnson for the team lead with 33 receptions and leads the squad with 521 receiving yards in 2009.

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