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Titans-Panthers Week 12 Postgame Notes



  • The 17-10 victory against the Panthers gave the Titans a 4-0 record at Nissan Stadium in 2023. They play four of their final six games at Nissan Stadium to finish the season.
  • The win gave the Titans 114 victories in regular season games at Nissan Stadium, surpassing the franchise's 113 regular season wins at the Astrodome for its highest total in any venue.
  • Mike Vrabel improved his career record to 54-44 as a head coach, including regular season and playoffs. It also includes a mark of 17-9 against NFC teams.
  • With his 98th game on the Titans sideline, head coach Mike Vrabel moved ahead of Bum Phillips (97 games) for second place on the franchise's list of all-time games by head coaches, including regular season and postseason contests. Only Jeff Fisher (273) is ahead of Vrabel in the history of the organization.
  • The Titans used a season-high four rookie starters: quarterback Will Levis, left guard Peter Skoronski, left tackle Jaelyn Duncan and defensive end TK McLendon Jr. Duncan and McLendon recorded their first career starts. The nine total rookies who participated in the game for the Titans tied a season high.
  • The Titans won the field-position battle by a wide margin. Their average drive start against Carolina was their 34-yard line, while the Panthers' average start was their 16-yard line.
  • The Titans won the turnover battle by not committing a turnover as well as recovering a fumble on defense.


  • The Titans offense produced a 15-play, 91-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter that consumed 9 minutes and 36 seconds. It was the team's longest drive of the season in terms of yardage and the longest since a 91-yard drive at Green Bay on Nov. 17, 2022.
  • The Titans offense scored a touchdown on both of its red-zone possessions and its only goal-to-go possession.
  • The Titans used their eighth different starting offensive line combination in 2023, which included rookie left tackle Jaelyn Duncan and rookie left guard Peter Skoronski. The offense allowed only one sack, tying for the unit's lowest number of the season through 11 games (Oct. 8 at Indianapolis).


  • The Titans allowed the Panthers to score 10 total points, marking the second time in 2023 the team allowed 10 or fewer points. They defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 27-3 on Oct. 1.
  • For the fourth time in 2023, the Titans kept their opponents to a maximum of one total touchdown.
  • The Titans lowered their opponent scoring average in 2023 to 20.4 points per game, including an average of 15.0 points per game at Nissan Stadium.
  • The Titans defense allowed only 258 total yards by the Panthers. It was the second-lowest output allowed by the Titans through 11 games in 2023.
  • The defense tallied four sacks, tying the unit's second-highest total of the season.


  • Tied for second on the defense with eight tackles.
  • Increased his team-leading total in 2023 to 102 tackles. He reached the 100-tackle mark for the second time in his career and matched his career high for tackles in a season. He had 102 tackles as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2021.


  • Totaled three tackles, including three tackles for loss and two sacks.
  • Registered his 11th career game with at least two sacks, including four such performances since joining the Titans in 2021.
  • Helped stop Carolina's first drive with an eight-yard tackle for loss on third down against running back Miles Sanders.
  • Helped end a Carolina drive in the third quarter with a nine-yard sack of Bryce Young on third down.
  • Added an eight-yard sack in the fourth quarter to give him a team-high eight sacks in 2023. He increased his career total to 54.5 sacks.
  • Became the franchise's first player since Jevon Kearse (1999 to 2001) to record eight or more sacks in three consecutive seasons.


  • Made his Titans debut and posted one tackle.


  • Led the team with two special teams tackles.


  • Registered his first career start at left tackle.


  • Made his only field goal attempt and both of his extra point attempts.
  • Made a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. He has made four out of five field goals from 50-plus yards in 2023 after doing the same over the course of the 2022 campaign as a member of the Patriots.


  • Led the team with 76 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts.
  • Reached the end zone on a one-yard rushing attempt in the first quarter.
  • Scored his second touchdown of the game and his sixth rushing touchdown of the season on a 10-yard run in the second quarter.
  • With his 83rd and 84th career rushing touchdowns, he surpassed Corey Dillon (82) and Jim Taylor (83) for the 17th highest total in NFL history. With one more rushing touchdown, he will tie Marshawn Lynch (85) for 16th place all-time.
  • In the first quarter, he moved past the 9,000-yard career rushing mark to become the 38th player in NFL history to reach the plateau. He increased his career totals to 1,926 rushing attempts for 9,074 yards (4.7 avg.).
  • Became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 9,000 rushing yards and 80 rushing touchdowns before celebrating his 30th birthday, joining Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Jim Brown, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk.
  • Registered his 21st career game with at least two rushing touchdowns, equaling Barry Sanders and Marshall Faulk for the 11th-highest total by a player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
  • Produced an 18-yard rushing attempt for a first down during the fourth quarter, forcing the Panthers to use their timeouts during the next set of downs.


  • Led the defense with 10 tackles and added one tackle on special teams.


  • Led the team with 49 receiving yards and tied for third on the team with three receptions.
  • Recorded a pair of 19-yard receptions.
  • With a 19-yard reception on the first offensive play of the game, he extended his active streak to 156 consecutive games with a reception—every game he has played since he entered the NFL. It is the longest active streak in the NFL. Hopkins' streak is the fourth-longest in NFL history to begin a career behind only Marvin Harrison (190 consecutive games), Keyshawn Johnson (167) and Marshall Faulk (158).


  • Totaled two tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
  • Recorded a strip-sack of Bryce Young in the second quarter to force a turnover. He registered his first career forced fumble and his first career strip-sack. The ball was recovered by defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons to set up a Titans touchdown on the ensuing drive. Key also improved his season total to 3.5 sacks and increased his career total to 17.5 sacks.


  • Became the fifth rookie quarterback in franchise history to start at least five games, joining Dan Pastorini (1971), Vince Young (2006), Zach Mettenberger (2014) and Marcus Mariota (2015).
  • Completed 18 of 28 passes for 185 yards without throwing an interception (83.2 passer rating).
  • Delivered a 25-yard pass to Chig Okonkwo to set up a touchdown in the first quarter.
  • Found Chris Moore for a 22-yard connection in the fourth quarter.
  • Completed a pair of 19-yard strikes to DeAndre Hopkins.


  • Totaled four tackles, including a tackle for loss, and added a pass defensed.


  • Registered his first career start and recorded one tackle.


  • Appeared in his 100th NFL game (regular season).
  • Totaled three receptions for 41 yards and added a 21-yard kickoff return—his first kickoff return as a member of the Titans and his first since 2019 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Caught a 22-yard pass from Will Levis in the fourth quarter.


  • Returned to the lineup after a two-game absence due to injury.
  • Collected three tackles and one pass defensed.


  • Tied for the team lead with four receptions and ranked second on the team with 45 receiving yards.
  • Caught a 25-yard pass from Will Levis to move the ball to the one-yard line in the first quarter. The Titans scored a touchdown two plays later.


  • Accumulated five tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. It was the first game of his career in which he reached all of those numbers, and he became the first NFL player to do so in 2023. The most recent was the New York Giants' Kayvon Thibodeaux at Washington on Dec. 18, 2022.
  • His three tackles for loss tied his career high, matching his output at the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 7, 2021.
  • Recorded a takeaway in the second quarter, recovering a fumble by Bryce Young to set up a Titans touchdown on the ensuing drive. It was Simmons' fourth career fumble recovery and his first in 2023.
  • Sacked Bryce Young for a seven-yard loss in the third quarter. He increased his season total to 5.5 sacks and his career total to 26.5 sacks.
  • Secured his third consecutive season with at least five sacks.


  • Returned two kickoffs for 54 yards, including a 33-yarder. He added six yards on two rushing attempts as well as one yard on a reception.


  • Punted seven times for a 53.7-yard average and a 46.7-yard net average with five punts placed inside the 20.
  • Recorded his fifth consecutive game with at least one punt of 60-plus yards. It is the NFL's longest such active streak.
  • Pinned the Panthers on their four-yard line in the second quarter with a 71-yard punt. It was his seventh punt of at least 70 yards in two NFL seasons.
  • His 53.7-yard average was the NFL's second-best average of the season in any game for a punter with at least seven attempts (58.6 by Cleveland's Corey Bojorquez on Nov. 5).


  • Made his Titans debut.


  • Started at safety and tied for second on the defense with eight tackles. He added a stop on special teams.


  • Totaled four tackles, including a tackle for loss.


  • Tied for the team lead with four receptions and tied for third on the team with 41 receiving yards.
  • Helped set up a field goal at the end of the first half with an 18-yard reception.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 12 at Nissan Stadium.

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