Titans-Texans Postgame Notes

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The Tennessee Titans versus the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, TX. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

TITANS at TEXANS
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2020

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• The Titans clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive season under head coach Mike Vrabel and clinched the team's first AFC South title since 2008. 

• The Titans secured the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs. They will host the fifth-seeded Baltimore Ravens (11-5) in the wild card round on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 12:05 p.m. CT (ESPN/ABC). 

• The Titans finished the season with an 11-5 record, winning 11 games for the first time since 2008, when they went 13-3. 

• The Titans finished with a 5-1 record within the AFC South in 2020. It was their third time winning at least five divisional games since the AFC South was formed in 2002 (6-0 in 2002; 5-1 in 2017). The Titans won all three road games against AFC South foes for the first time since 2007. 

• The Titans finished with a road record of 6-2 in 2020, giving them six road wins for the first time since 2008. 

• The Titans' opponents for 2021 are set under the NFL's current 16-game scheduling formula. The Titans are scheduled to play every team from the AFC East (hosting Buffalo and Miami) and every team from the NFC West (hosting Arizona and San Francisco) in addition to their AFC South schedule. Based on their first-place finish in the AFC South in 2020, the Titans also will host the Kansas City Chiefs (first place in the AFC West) and travel to play the Pittsburgh Steelers (first place in the AFC North).

• With their 10th game of the season scoring at least 30 points, the Titans set the franchise record, topping the nine such games they totaled in 1961. 

• With their fifth game of the season with 40 points or more, the Titans finished with their second-highest total in franchise history behind the six such games in 1961. 

• The Titans finished the season with 2,690 rushing yards and 3,653 net passing yards while surrendering only 25 sacks. They became the first team in NFL history to generate at least 2,500 rushing yards and 3,500 net passing yards while surrendering 25 or fewer sacks.  

• The Titans finished the season with the most total yards in franchise history (6,343), the most first downs in franchise history (381) and the second-most total points in franchise history (491).  

• The Titans converted 70.0 percent of their third downs at Houston (7-of-10), which was their second-best number of the season (81.8 percent vs. Detroit on Dec. 20). In the second half alone, they converted seven of their eight attempts. 

• The Titans finished the game at Houston with 492 total net yards, their second-highest mark of the season (607 vs. Houston on Oct. 18). 

• The Titans rushed for a season-high 288 total yards at Houston, registering the fifth-best total in franchise history. 

• The Titans scored touchdowns on four of their five trips inside the red zone (80.0 percent) to finish the season with 48 touchdowns in 64 red-zone opportunities. Since 1991, their rate of 75.0 percent in the red zone was the second-best figure for the franchise (75.6 percent in 2019) and the fifth-best rate among all NFL teams in that time period. 

• The Titans became the first team in NFL history with a 2,000-yard rusher and a 3,500-yard passer in the same season (2,027 rushing by Derrick Henry, 3,819 passing by Ryan Tannehill).

• The Titans became the first NFL franchise to have two players reach the 2,000-yard rushing mark. Chris Johnson (2,006) accomplished the feat in 2009, preceding Derrick Henry's 2,027 rushing yards in 2020. 

• The Titans hit their fourth game-winning field goal of the season when Sam Sloman's 37-yard kick went through the uprights in Houston. That tied the 2006 squad (all four by Rob Bironas) for the most game-winning field goals in a season in franchise history. Stephen Gostkowski made three game-winners earlier in the 2020 campaign. 

• The defense registered a season-high four sacks against the Texans. 

WR A.J. BROWN

• Registered a career-high 10 receptions for 151 yards, including a four-yard touchdown catch. 

• Finished the 2020 campaign with 70 receptions for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

• Tied Drew Bennett (11 touchdowns in 2004) for the most touchdown catches in a season in the team's "Titans era" (since 1999). 

• Registered his fourth 100-yard receiving game of 2020 and the ninth 100-yard receiving game of his two-year career. 

• Became the 11th player to reach 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. Brown is the first NFL player since Michael Thomas (2016-17) and the only player in Titans/Oilers history other than Bill Groman (1960-61) to accomplish the feat. 

• Became the ninth player in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards, 50 receptions and five receiving touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.

• Contributed a 52-yard reception with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal. 

• Became the fifth NFL player since 1970 with at least 2,000 receiving yards and 19 receiving touchdowns in their initial two seasons. The most recent was Odell Beckham Jr. with the New York Giants from 2014 to 2015. 

DL JACK CRAWFORD

• Registered an eight-yard sack of Deshaun Watson in the fourth quarter. It gave Crawford two sacks in 2020 and 18 career sacks. 

WR COREY DAVIS

• Finished second on the team with five receptions for 39 yards at Houston.

• Tied his career high with 65 receptions on the season (2018) and finished the 2020 campaign with a career-high 984 receiving yards and five touchdowns. 

TE ANTHONY FIRKSER

• Caught two passes for 18 yards. He finished the 2020 season with career highs in receptions (39) and receiving yards (387). 

RB DERRICK HENRY

• Totaled 34 rushing attempts for a franchise-record 250 yards with two touchdowns. He broke his own club record of 238 rushing yards, established against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 6, 2018. Henry's 250 rushing yards tied for the 13th-best single-game total in the NFL since 1948.

• Led the NFL and set a franchise record with 2,027 rushing yards in 2020, becoming the eighth player in league annals to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a season. His 2,027 rushing yards gave him the fifth-highest total in NFL history behind Eric Dickerson's 2,105 (1984), Adrian Peterson's 2,097 (2012), Jamal Lewis' 2,066 (2003) and Barry Sanders' 2,053 (1997). Henry broke Chris Johnson's franchise mark of 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. 

• Became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-07) to lead the NFL in rushing yards in consecutive seasons. Henry previously led the league in 2019 with 1,540 rushing yards.

• Became the fifth all-time NFL player to lead the NFL in rushing yards, attempts and rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons. It is a feat that had not been attained since Cleveland's Leroy Kelly did it from 1967 to 1968. The only other players to achieve it are Jim Brown (1958-59), Steve Van Buren (1947-49) and Bill Paschal (1943-44). 

• Became the first player in NFL history with five career games with at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. 

• Became the fourth player in NFL history with at least five career 200-yard rushing games, joining O.J. Simpson (six), Adrian Peterson (six) and Tiki Barber (five). 

• Set a career high with 17 rushing touchdowns in 2020, finishing with the second-best total in franchise history behind Earl Campbell's 19 rushing touchdowns in 1979. 

• Finished the 2020 season with 1,221 rushing yards in road games, the most by any NFL running back since 1948. The previous high was held by Eric Dickerson, who had 1,087 rushing yards in road games for the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. 

• Became the fifth player in NFL history with three 200-yard rushing games in a season, joining Earl Campbell (four in 1980), O.J. Simpson (1973), Tiki Barber (2005) and Jay Ajayi (2016).

• Finished the season with 2,141 scrimmage yards (2,027 rushing and 114 receiving), which ranks second in franchise history behind Chris Johnson's 2,509 scrimmage yards in 2009.  

• Registered his ninth career rushing touchdown of 50-plus yards since entering the NFL in 2016, sprinting for a 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He leads the NFL in 50-plus-yard rushing touchdowns since 2016, with the next-closest competitor being Saquon Barkley with six 50-yard touchdown runs. Henry added a six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. 

• Registered his 10th game of 2020 with at least 100 rushing yards to tie Earl Campbell (1980) for the third-most in franchise history. Only Campbell in 1979 (11) and Chris Johnson in 2009 (12) had more 100-yard rushing games in a Titans/Oilers season than Henry. Henry's 10 100-yard games in 2020 were the most in the NFL since Dallas running back DeMarco Murray had 12 in 2014.

• Went over the 200-yard mark on a 45-yard run in the third quarter. He became the first player in NFL history with three 200-yard rushing games against a single opponent, and he did so in three consecutive games against the Texans.

• Set a career high for the regular season with 34 rushing attempts. He also had 34 carries in a playoff game at New England on Jan. 4, 2020. 

S AMANI HOOKER

• Intercepted a Deshaun Watson pass in Houston territory in the first quarter to set up a field goal on the ensuing possession. It was his fourth interception of the season and the fourth interception of his two-year career. He tied Malcolm Butler for the team in interceptions in 2020. He added two tackles on defense and one stop on special teams at Houston. 

CB DESMOND KING II

• Recorded his first sack in a Titans uniform, dropping Deshaun Watson for a two-yard loss in the second quarter. It was his second sack of 2020 (one with the L.A. Chargers) and gave him 8.5 career sacks. He totaled three tackles against the Texans.

OLB HAROLD LANDRY III

• Registered a sack, taking down Deshaun Watson for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter. It gave Landry a team-high 5.5 sacks in 2020 and 19 career sacks. He totaled four tackles in the game. 

ILB DAVID LONG JR.

• Led the defense with eight tackles. 

OLB BROOKS REED

• Registered his first sack of the season, taking down Deshaun Watson for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter. It gave Reed 23.5 career sacks. He totaled two tackles and added a special teams stop. 

K SAM SLOMAN

• Made his debut in a Titans uniform and made both field goal attempts and all five extra point attempts.

• Hit a game-winning 37-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter, lifting the Titans to a 41-38 win and a division title. 

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

• Completed 18 of 27 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown without throwing an interception. His 103.3 passer rating gave him 11 games in 2020 with a passer rating of at least 100.0. 

• Added seven rushing attempts for 38 yards and two touchdowns. He crossed the goal line on a pair of five-yard runs in the second half. His two rushing touchdowns tied his career high and gave him five rushing touchdowns in a three-game span. He now has 17 career rushing touchdowns. 

• Increased his career high to seven total rushing touchdowns in 2020, the most by a Titans quarterback since Vince Young had seven in 2006. 

• With his 33rd touchdown pass of 2020, a four-yarder to A.J. Brown in the second quarter, he tied Warren Moon (33 in 1990) for second place on the franchise's single-season passing touchdown list. Only George Blanda (36 in 1961) had more touchdown passes in a season in team annals. 

• With 3,819 passing yards in 2020, he moved into third place on the franchise single-season passing list. Warren Moon holds the top two spots (4,690 in 1990; 4,689 in 1990). 

• Set a franchise record with 40 combined passing touchdowns (33) and rushing touchdowns (seven) in a season. Hit total tied for the fifth-most in the NFL in 2020. 

• Joined Josh Allen (2020), Lamar Jackson (2019), Cam Newton (2015), Daunte Culpepper (2000) and Steve Young (1994) as the only players in NFL history with at least 33 passing touchdowns and at least seven rushing touchdowns in the same season. 

• Registered his 13th consecutive game with a touchdown pass.

• Recorded his 22nd career game-winning drive, completing a 52-yard pass to A.J. Brown with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal by Sam Sloman. It was his sixth game-winning drive of 2020 and his ninth game-winning drive in as a member of the Titans.

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