Titans-Jaguars Game Notes

Sunday, Sept 20, 2020

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• The 33-30 victory over Jacksonville gave the Titans a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008 and for the third time in the team's "Titans era" (1999). 

• The Titans took an early lead in the AFC South after two weeks, ahead of the Jaguars (1-1), Colts (1-1) and Texans (0-2). 

• The Titans improved to 11-11 in home openers at Nissan Stadium since the venue opened in 1999. 

• The Titans have earned 21 wins in their 29 most recent home games. 

• The Titans recorded two takeaways on interceptions, and for the second consecutive week, they did not commit a turnover. It improved their season turnover ratio to plus-three. 

• The offense scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game for the fifth time in five seasons (since the beginning of 2016). Most recently, the unit accomplished the feat in the 2019 season finale at Houston (Dec. 29).

• The Titans scored 14 points in the first quarter for the first time since Dec. 22, 2019 against the New Orleans Saints. 

• The Titans scored 24 points in the first half, the most by the team since scoring 24 points in the first half at Atlanta on Sept. 29, 2019. 

• The Titans totaled 231 net yards in the first half, the most by the team since a 352-yard first half at Oakland on Dec. 8, 2019. 

• The offense converted seven third downs on 11 attempts during the game. The 63.6 percent third-down rate was the best figure for the Titans since Dec. 8, 2019 at Oakland (72.7 percent) and tied for the seventh-best percentage during the team's "Titans era" (1999-present). 

• The offense scored touchdowns on all four possessions inside the red zone. In 2020, they are 85.8 percent (6 of 7) in red zone efficiency after leading the NFL in 2019 with a rate of 75.6 percent (34 of 45).

• The Titans defense totaled 10 passes defensed against the Jaguars on 45 passes by Gardner Minshew. It was Tennessee's highest total number of passes defensed since it had 10 against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 5, 2014. 


• Tied for the team lead with 11 total tackles and added two passes defensed. 


• Recorded a 20-yard sack of quarterback Gardner Minshew in the second quarter. It was his first sack as a member of the Titans and the 17th sack of his career. It was the most sack yards recorded on a single play by the Titans since William Hayes registered a 21-yard sack at San Francisco on Nov. 8, 2009. 


• Scored a touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter. It was his first touchdown of 2020 and the seventh touchdown of his four-year career. 

• Reached 150 career receptions on his nine-yard touchdown catch. 

• Reached the 2,000-yard career receiving mark on his 17-yard catch in the third quarter. 


• Contributed four receptions for 45 yards and forced a crucial pass interference penalty on third down during the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.


• Notched his first career interception in the first quarter on a pass by Gardner Minshew. The second-round pick returned the ball 45 yards to Jacksonville's 30-yard line to help set up a touchdown on the ensuing drive. He added three tackles in the contest. 


• Made a 51-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter and the game-winning 49-yard field goal with 1 minute and 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He added three extra points on four attempts. 

• Hit a game-winning field goal for the second consecutive week, marking the second time in his career he made a game-winner in back-to-back games (Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2013). His kick to beat the Jaguars was his 11th career game-winning field goal (10th in the regular season). 

• Became the first kicker since Adam Vinatieri with New England in 1999 to make a game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of regulation in each of his team's first two games of a season.


• Rushed for 84 yards on 25 carries and became the fifth player in franchise history to reach the 4,000-yard career rushing mark. For his career, he has 860 rushing attempts for 4,033 yards. 

• Became the second player in franchise history to record 11 consecutive regular season games with at least 80 scrimmage yards, joining Chris Johnson (12 from 2009 to 2010) as the only Titans/Oilers to do so. The only active NFL streak better than Henry's is owned by Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who has a 12-game stretch of 80-yard scrimmage games after Week 2. 

• Registered his third consecutive regular season game with at least 25 carries, dating back Dec. 29, 2019. 


• Posted a team-high five receptions for 48 yards and one touchdown. 

• Scored on an 18-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill in the third quarter to register his first touchdown of 2020 and the 12th touchdown catch of his career. 


• Averaged 40.7 yards on three punts with all three punts placed inside the 20.

• Pinned the Jaguars on their own six-yard line with a 34-yard punt in the second quarter. 


• Credited with five tackles and his second career interception. With less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, he sealed the victory with an interception of a Gardner Minshew pass that was deflected at the line of scrimmage. 


• Recorded his first start of 2020 and the second start of his career at wide receiver.  


• Helped clinch the victory by batting a pass at the line of scrimmage that was then picked off by outside linebacker Harold Landry III. It was the second consecutive game in which Simmons was involved in a takeaway after recovering a fumble in the season opener at Denver. Simmons added three tackles against the Jaguars.  


• Led the team with a career-high 84 receiving yards on four receptions with a pair of touchdowns. His previous career high in receiving yards was 78 yards against Tampa Bay on Oct. 27, 2019. 

• Set a career long with a 63-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage. It topped the 61-yard touchdown at Houston on Nov. 26, 2018 that was his previous career long.

• His touchdowns included a 13-yard grab in the first quarter and a four-yard reception in the second quarter. It marked his first career game with multiple touchdowns. 

• Improved his season total to three touchdown receptions after also posting a one-yard touchdown catch in the season opener at Denver. It marked the third time in his career with at least one touchdown in back-to-back games. He improved his career total to 11 touchdown receptions.

• Drew a 22-yard pass interference penalty in the second quarter on third down. 


• Registered his 100th career start in the regular season.

• Recorded a 145.7 passer rating—the seventh best single-game passer rating in franchise history (minimum 20 attempts)—by completing 18 of 24 attempts for 239 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the best passer rating for the club since Marcus Mariota's 149.8 against Green Bay on Nov. 13, 2016. It was Tannehill's second-highest career passer rating in a game with a minimum of 20 attempts, topped only by his 155.3 against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 23, 2018. 

• Tied his career high with four touchdown passes. He previously hit the mark with the Miami Dolphins against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 21, 2014 and against the Houston Texans on Oct. 25, 2015. Tannehill became the first Titans quarterback with four or more touchdown passes in a game since Nov. 13, 2016, when Marcus Mariota threw for four touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. 

• His four touchdown passes against the Jaguars included a 13-yard pass to tight end Jonnu Smith and a nine-yard strike to wide receiver Corey Davis in the first quarter, a four-yard touchdown to Smith in the second quarter, and finally an 18-yard toss to wide receiver Adam Humphries in the third quarter. 

• Registered his 18th career game with three or more touchdown passes. 

• Reached 150 career touchdown passes on his third touchdown pass of the day.

• Extended his career-best streak and set a franchise record with his ninth consecutive regular season game with at least two touchdown passes. Marcus Mariota established the previous team record with eight consecutive games in 2016 with two touchdown passes. 

• Extended his streak to 12 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 23 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. 

• Posted his NFL-high 10th game with at least two touchdown passes and no interceptions since he stepped into the starting lineup for the Titans in Week 7 of 2019, including the regular season and postseason. Tannehill owns 27 such games in his career. 

• Registered his 18th career game-winning drive and his fifth as a member of the Titans. On the drive, which ended with the go-ahead 49-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 1:36 on the clock in the fourth quarter, Tannehill completed two of four attempts for 10 yards. 


• Notched his first sack of the season in the fourth quarter, dropping quarterback Gardner Minshew for a four-yard loss. It gave Vaccaro 11.5 career sacks. 

• Also tied for the team lead with 11 total tackles and added two tackles for loss and two passes defensed.