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Titans Rookie A.J. Brown Eclipses 1,000-Yard Mark in Win


HOUSTON – A.J. Brown, take a bow.

The Titans receiver capped off a splendid rookie season in spectacular fashion here on Sunday, with four catches for 124 yards, a touchdown, and a jaw-dropping catch.

Brown went over the 1,000-mark for the season in the team's 35-14 win over the Texans.

"It's big, but getting in the playoffs is more important," said Brown, who finished the regular season with 52 catches for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns. "We feel like this is just the beginning for us. We have to keep it going."

Brown became the team's first 1,000-yard receiver since tight end Delanie Walker (1,088) in 2015. He became the franchise's third rookie 1,000-yard receiver, joining Bill Groman (1,473 in 1960) and Ernest Givens (1,062 in 1986).

He also became the franchise's first rookie to have five 100-yard receiving games since Groman in 1960.

Brown scored on a 51-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter.

Brown joined Isaac Curtis (1973), Willie Gault (1983) and Randy Moss (1998) as the only rookies with at least four touchdown receptions of 50 yards or more since 1970. Brown averaged a whopping 20.2 yards on his 52 catches during the regular season.

Brown caught a 24-yard pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota in the second quarter to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

But his best catch came on a 47-yard catch from Tannehill at the one-yard line, when he somehow managed to stay inbounds.

"I knew I was running out of real estate – and I was just trying to make the catch inbounds," Brown said. "I didn't know if I got my feet down, but I was trying to sell it on the sideline like I caught it."

Now, Brown will prepare for a playoff game against the New England Patriots – his childhood team.

"As soon as I got drafted by the Tennessee Titans, I no longer (was) a fan," Brown said with a smile. "It is going to be a good game."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans in Sunday's Week 17 matchup at NRG Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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