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Titans Light Up Scoreboard in 46-25 Win Over Lions


NASHVILLE – Five days before Christmas, the Titans lit up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree.


The Titans beat the Detroit Lions 46-25 on Sunday in the regular season finale at Nissan Stadium.

In doing so, the Titans became just the fifth team in NFL history to score 30-plus points with 420 offensive yards in five consecutive weeks.

The Titans have now scored 30-plus points in nine of their 14 games this season and scored 40-plus points on four occasions.

Titans Coach Mike Vrabel liked what he saw, but he's far from satisfied.

"I think the idea is we get all three phases clicking, and you see there's some evidence of that," Vrabel said. "We had a few drives that we certainly would like to do better on and be back. … But there were some good things, and I thought we finished the game well.

"We're focusing on improving right now and trying to play better football next week."

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 21-of-27 passes for 273 yards with three passing touchdowns, and he also ran for a pair of touchdowns. It was the first five-touchdown game of his career.

Titans running back Derrick Henry carried the ball 24 times for 147 yards and a touchdown. With two games to play, Henry now has 1,679 yards with 15 rushing touchdowns.

Titans receiver Corey Davis had four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. It was his fifth 100-yard receiving game of 2020.

Defensively, the Titans gave up 430 yards and once again struggled to get off the field on third down, but the unit created three turnovers on a day when the Titans also played well on special teams.

The Titans improved to 10-4 and remained on top of the AFC South with two games to play. The Titans have now won 10 games for the first time since the 2008 season. The Titans posted four straight 9-7 seasons from 2016-2019 before reaching the double-digit win total with their fourth win in the last five games.

"I credit everybody in this organization," Henry said. "To be able to accomplish this. ... (But) we're not done; we're not satisfied. But credit to everybody that's in that building every day, working to be able to do things like this. So credit to everybody involved. Takes all of us."

The were some fireworks early in this one, and they continued throughout the game.

"I'm proud of our guys," Tannehill said. "We keep trying to improve, and I think that's what's important is we're never satisfied. There's always missed opportunities. We'll look at this tape and see opportunities that we missed. … We're in December now, or the late season, where the good teams are going to improve and separate themselves and the OK teams will be satisfied with where they're at, get distracted with everything that's going on, with Christmas and holidays and late in the year, the grind.

"But I'm proud of our guys the way we stuck with it and we want to keep our foot on the gas."

The Titans scored on their opening possession, as Henry ran for a three-yard touchdown to cap off a 12-play, 75-yard drive.

After the Lions answered back on a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to receiver Marvin Jones, the Titans were back on the scoreboard in a hurry.

A 75-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Davis gave the Titans a 14-7 lead just 12 seconds later, and that was the lead at the end of the first quarter.

"I knew it was coming to me," Davis said. "Tannehill put it in a great spot, and I was just trying to find the end zone, and that's what I did."

But the action was just getting started.

Henry unleased his patented stiff-arm to get the crowd fired up on the team's next drive, and Tannehill finished off an eight-play, 93-yard drive with an impressive dive to the pylon on a 17-yard touchdown run to give the Titans a 21-7 lead with 9:28 left in the second quarter.

The Titans got a big defensive stop late in the second quarter, when defensive lineman DaQuan Jones forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Will Compton at the three-yard line on a play that originated from the Tennessee one-yard line.

But the excitement was short-lived, as Tannehill was sacked for a safety, which cut the lead to 21-9 with 3:31 left before halftime. Minutes later, Lions running back D'Andre Swift scored on a two-yard touchdown run to cut Tennessee's lead to 21-15 with 1:02 left before halftime.

The Titans picked up some big points at the end of the first half as kicker Stephen Gostkowski made a 38-yard field goal at the horn to make it 24-15 at halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Lions kicker Matt Prater made a 53-yard field goal to make it 24-18 Titans.

The Titans then turned things up a few notches, and sped away.

A nine-play, 83-yard drive that was capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Tannehill was big, and the two-point conversion run by Henry, who had 50 yards rushing on the drive, made it 32-18 Titans with 14:30 left in the contest.

The Titans extended their lead to 39-18 on a two-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to receiver A.J. Brown, which came after the Titans got a stop on a fake punt by the Lions as Nick Westbrook-Ikhine made a nice stop short of the line to gain.

The Lions scored again with 6:23 left on another run by Swift, which made it 39-25, before the Titans capped off the scoring with a three-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to running back Darrynton Evans with 2:07 left.

The Titans return to action next Sunday against the Packers in Green Bay.

"We know that Green Bay is a great team, we know that they have a solid defense, we know that they have a great offense and we're going to need to come ready to play in all three phases," Titans guard Rodger Saffold said. "We've got to have our best game of the year."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Detroit Lions in Week 15 at Nissan Stadium.

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