Titans Turn in Dominating Performance in Win Over Packers



NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Titans wanted to make a statement on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Mission accomplished.

The Titans came out swinging against the Packers, and they never stopped.

The end result was a dominating 47-25 win that left the crowd chanting "Go Titans Go!" at Nissan Stadium. The point total was the highest in a game since the 2009 season. The Titans have now scored 35-plus points in three straight regular season games for the first time in franchise history.

"We were going to leave it all on the field,'' tight end Delanie Walker said. "We said we needed to make a statement, and this was a game to make a statement in and I think we did that. We felt like we controlled the game."

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota connected on 19-of-26 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns, with a passer rating of 149.8. He now has 17 touchdowns vs. only three interceptions in the last six games.

Mariota has at least two touchdown passes in six consecutive games, and he's already surpassed his rookie total for touchdown passes on the season with 21. Mariota became the first Titans quarterback since Steve McNair in 2003 to thrown for 20 touchdowns in a season. McNair threw for 24 touchdowns during that co-MVP season.

"It is a huge stepping stone,'' Mariota said of the win. "It is getting us in the right direction. There's still a lot of season left, a lot of things we have to go and accomplish. But hopefully we can use this as momentum for the rest of the year."

Running back DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards on 17 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run on the team's first offensive play.

The Titans improved to 5-5 with the win, and in the process matched their win total for the previous two seasons combined.

"There was a lot of energy on the sideline,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. "They wanted it bad and you could see it on the sideline. The body language and just the offense pulling for the defense, being up there when they were coming off the field, it's great. These guys pull for each other more than you know, and it was fun to watch that today."

Murray busted through a hole on the left side of the line and raced untouched on his 75-yard touchdown run.

On the team's next series, the Titans scored again, this time with some trickery, when Murray threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Walker, which made it 14-0. Murray became the first non-QB with a 75-plus yard touchdown run and a touchdown pass in a single game since Hall of Famer John Henry.

The Titans jumped out to a 21-0 lead when Mariota connected with tight end Anthony Fasano for a nine-yard touchdown pass.

The quick start sent Nissan Stadium into a frenzy, as fans chanted "Go Titans Go!" time and again early. It continued.

The Packers got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected with receiver Jordy Nelson for a one-yard touchdown pass, making it 21-7.

But the Titans had a quick answer. A 35-yard pass from Mariota to Murray moved the ball across midfield, and then Mariota connected with receiver Rishard Matthews for a 32-yard touchdown catch to make it 28-7. The touchdown was the sixth for Matthews in the last six games.

The Packers got a 29-yard field goal from kicker Mason Crosby to make it 28-10 with 3:55 left before halftime.

But the Titans kept on swinging, and they were in a good chance to do so late in the first half when LeSeaun Sims recovered a fumbled punt by the Packers. Three plays later, Mariota connected with receiver Kendall Wright for a six-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 35-10 lead.

The Packers added another score just before halftime as Rodgers connected with James Starks for a 13-yard score to make it 35-16 at the half. The 35 points tied for the second-most first-half points in franchise history.

The Packers then cut the lead to 35-22 midway through the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by Rodgers.

Titans honor U.S. Military on Salute to Service Day at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

And back came the Titans. Mariota connected with receiver Tajae Sharpe for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give the Titans a 41-22 lead with 6:27 left in the third quarter. Another field goal from Crosby late in the third quarter made it 41-25 Titans.

The Titans took away any suspense with a pair of field goal from kicker Ryan Succop, from 51 and 23 yards out, and Packers fans headed for the exits.

The Titans travel to Indianapolis next Sunday to face the Colts.

"You all have been seeing this since day one -- this is a different Titans team,'' linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "This is not the typical team where you play so good for a half or three quarters, and they just fold in the fourth. We are going to be in it for the whole entire game. If it's positive or negative, we are going to be in it. And today we had a lot of positives. So definitely a great game to be a part of.

"Because we get to go back to .500, and we beat a very good team in the Green Bay Packers.  And they travel well … with all the Green Bay fans I saw out there, and all those Cheeseheads. It was good that we were able to keep them level, and keep them quiet somewhat the whole game, and for us to go out there and execute."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 10 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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