SHOULDER INJURY PUTS METTENBERGER OUT AGAIN: Zach Mettenberger became the third quarterback in franchise history to start at least six games as a rookie, joining Dan Pastorini (eight in 1971) and Vince Young (13 in 2006). Mettenberger was 14-of-24 passing for 125 yards with an interception against the Giants, but in the fourth quarter, his day came to a premature end for the second consecutive week when he aggravated a right shoulder injury.
TERREN JONES FORCED INTO ACTION: The Titans signed first-year offensive tackle Terren Jones from the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 2, only five days prior to playing the Giants. When starting right tackle Byron Stingily—who was filling in for the injured Michael Oher (toe) for the second consecutive week—got injured against New York, Jones was forced to enter the game. It was the first action of his career.
PICK-SIX BY HUFF: In the third quarter, rookie defensive back Marqueston Huff recorded his first career interception. He picked off an Eli Manning pass that was intended for tight end Larry Donnell and returned the ball 23 yards for a touchdown. It was the Titans' first interception return for a touchdown since Alterraun Verner scored at Houston on Sept. 15, 2013.
WOODYARD PLAYS IN 100TH GAME: Titans inside linebacker Wesley Woodyardplayed in his 100th career regular-season game.
KERN REACHES 500: In the third quarter, Brett Kern recorded the 500th punt of his seven-year NFL career.
RECEPTION FOR KLUG: In the second quarter, with the Titans offense facing a fourth-and-one, defensive lineman Karl Klug came into the game, continuing a short-yardage role he has assumed multiple times during the season. This time, however, Zach Mettenberger passed the ball to him, and his first NFL reception resulted in a gain of nine yards.
HAGAN STARTS: With Kendall Wright inactive due to a hand injury, Derek Hagan recorded his first start in a Titans uniform and his first since he played for the Oakland Raiders in 2012. He led the team with six receptions for 62 yards, posting his highest reception total since Jan. 1, 2011 and his highest yardage total since Oct. 14, 2012.
DURHAM RECORDS FIRST RECEPTION OF SEASON: Wide receiver Kris Durham received his first playing time of the season. He recorded his first reception in a Titans uniform in the second quarter, hauling in a 12-yard pass from Zach Mettenberger. Durham notched 49 total receptions in his first three NFL seasons (2011-13) with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. He was inactive for 10 of the first 12 contests of 2014 and did not play in the two other games.
INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were wide receiver Kendall Wright, running back Shonn Greene, defensive back Jemea Thomas, tackle Michael Oher, tackle Taylor Lewan, defensive lineman DaQuan Jonesand outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.