Titans-Eagles Game Notes
WALK OFF: For only the third time in franchise history, the Titans won an overtime game with a “walk-off” touchdown. Marcus Mariota is the only quarterback in franchise history to throw a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime, having now accomplished the feat twice. On Nov. 8, 2015, he completed a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime at New Orleans. The only other overtime touchdown in franchise history was Vince Young’s 39-yard touchdown run at the Houston Texans on Dec. 10, 2006.
LATE TD IN OVERTIME: Corey Davis scored with five seconds remaining in overtime, becoming the third player in NFL history to score a touchdown in the final 10 seconds of overtime. The previous two players to accomplish the feat were San Diego’s John Jefferson, who caught an overtime touchdown pass from Dan Fouts against Kansas City with no time remaining on Nov. 12, 1978, and Baltimore’s Michael Jackson, who scored on a pass from Vinny Testaverde against St. Louis on Oct. 27, 1996 with 10 seconds remaining in overtime.
OVERTIME WIN: The Titans won their third consecutive overtime game and their first since a 12-9 win at Cleveland on Oct. 22, 2017. The franchise improved its all-time record in overtime games to 20-24.
WINNING AT NISSAN STADIUM: The Titans improved their all-time record at Nissan Stadium, including playoffs, to 89-69. They have 12 wins in their 14 most recent home games.
THREE-POINT GAMES: The Titans won their third consecutive game by three points. Since the beginning of the 2016 season, their 9-1 (.900) record in games decided by three points or less is the best in the NFL.
FIRST-DRIVE SCORE: For the third time in four games, the Titans scored on their first offensive possession, driving 51 yards on eight plays for a field goal against the Eagles. Previously, the Titans had a first-drive field goal at Miami on Sept. 9 and opened with a touchdown drive against Houston on Sept. 16.
FOURTH DOWN: The Titans converted three fourth downs on three attempts. It was their first game since Dec. 13, 2009 against the St. Louis Rams to have at least three fourth-down attempts and convert 100 percent of them. They converted two of their fourth downs during the game-winning drive in overtime and also had a pass interference penalty on fourth down during the same series.
TITANS TOTAL 397 YARDS: The Titans netted 397 yards against the Eagles, including 70 rushing yards and 327 passing yards. It was their highest total since putting up 416 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 12, 2017.
LATE-GAME HEROICS: For the second time in his career, Marcus Mariota was credited with a game-winning drive in back-to-back games. He came off the bench and led a game-winning drive on Sept. 23 in Jacksonville and followed with a 16-play, 75-yard drive to win the contest with the Eagles. He earned his 11th career game-winning drive (including playoffs), and since the start of the 2017 season, his six-such drives in the regular season lead all NFL quarterbacks.
MARIOTA TOTALS 390 YARDS: With 344 passing yards and a team-high 46 rushing yards, Marcus Mariota produced 390 combined yards, topping his previous career high of 380 yards (268 passing, 112 rushing) against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 6, 2015.
MARIOTA’S PASSING NUMBERS: Marcus Mariota’s game totals included 30 completions and 344 yards on 43 attempts with two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 99.4. His touchdown passes included an 11-yarder to Tajaé Sharpe and the game-winning 10-yard strike to Corey Davis. He notched his sixth career 300-yard game. His passing yardage total ranked third in his career, while his completion total topped his previous career high of 28 completions at New Orleans on Nov. 8, 2015. Mariota’s 30 completions were the most by a Titans player since Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 36 completions against Arizona on Dec. 15, 2013.
MARIOTA IN THE FIRST QUARTER: In the first quarter, Marcus Mariota completed eight of 12 passes for 115 yards (97.6 passer rating). His first-quarter yardage total was the third-highest of his career (130 at Tampa Bay on Sept. 13, 2015; 127 against Green Bay on Nov. 13, 2016).
RUSHING FOR A SCORE: In the third quarter, Marcus Mariota scampered for a two-yard touchdown run. It was his first rushing touchdown of 2018 and the 10th rushing touchdown of his career.
RESPONDING TO ADVERSITY: Marcus Mariota’s last pass of the first half was an interception. But he bounced back, completing his next 15 passes in the second half and overtime. In the second half and overtime combined, he was 19-of-25 passing for 198 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 125.1.
RUSHING AND PASSING TOUCHDOWN FOR MARIOTA: For the sixth time in his career, Marcus Mariota recorded at least one passing touchdown and at least one rushing touchdown. The Titans are 4-2 in games in which he does so.
MARIOTA TO 10,000/1,000: Marcus Mariota went past the 10,000-yard passing mark (10,023) and the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,025) in the game. He joined Warren Moon (33,685 passing yards and 1,541 rushing yards) and Steve McNair (19,482 passing and 1,025 rushing) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
CAREER DAY FOR DAVIS: Against the Eagles, second-year wide receiver Corey Davis set career highs with nine receptions, 161 receiving yards and a touchdown. He ended the game with a 10-yard touchdown reception in overtime—the first regular season touchdown of his two-year career. He also recorded a career-long 51-yard grab in the fourth quarter. His previous career highs were six receptions (three times) and 91 receiving yards (vs. L.A. Rams on Dec. 24, 2017).
MOST RECEIVING YARDS SINCE 2011: Corey Davis’ 161 receiving yards were the most by a Titans player since tight end Jared Cook had 169 yards against Jacksonville on Dec. 24, 2011. No Titans wide receiver had posted as many receiving yards as Davis in a game since Kenny Britt’s 225 yards against the Eagles on Oct. 24, 2010.
TWO TITANS WITH NINE RECEPTIONS: Corey Davis and Dion Lewis’ nine receptions each were the most by a Titans player since Rishard Matthews had nine catches against the Houston Texans on Jan. 1, 2017. The last time two Titans players had nine or more receptions in a game was when Delanie Walker (10) and Kendall Wright (nine) accomplished the feat against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 14, 2013.
TAYLOR SETS HIGHS: Wide receiver Taywan Taylor set new career highs with seven receptions and 77 receiving yards. His big day included a 19-yard catch on fourth-and-15 during the game-winning drive in overtime.
SHARPE SCORES: Wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe caught two passes for 27 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his first touchdown of 2018 and his third career touchdown reception.
300-YARD PASSER AND 100-YARD RECEIVER: The Titans had a 300-yard passer (344 by Marcus Mariota) and a 100-yard receiver (161 by Corey Davis) in the same game for the first time since Mariota and Rishard Matthews accomplished the feat together at Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, 2017.
LEWIS BIG IN PASSING GAME: Running back Dion Lewis set a new career high for the regular season with nine receptions (66 yards), eclipsing his previous high of eight catches at Dallas on Oct. 11, 2015. His nine catches against the Eagles also tied the nine grabs he had to set a playoff career high against Tennessee on Jan. 13, 2018. Two of Lewis’ receptions against Philadelphia converted third downs—first an 11-yard catch in the fourth quarter and the next for 17 yards to convert on fourth-and-two on the game-winning drive in overtime.
NO POINTS ALLOWED IN FIRST QUARTER: For the fourth consecutive week to begin the season, the Titans did not allow the opposition to score in the first quarter. The Titans are the only team in the NFL in 2018 to have not allowed any first-quarter points.
FOUR SACKS: The Titans defense totaled four sacks, marking the third consecutive week the unit totaled at least three sacks.
BUTLER RECORDS SACK: In the first quarter, cornerback Malcolm Butler recorded his first sack with the Titans and the third sack of his career. He dropped Carson Wentz for a nine-yard loss.
FIRST CAREER SACK FOR FINCH: Undrafted rookie Sharif Finch recorded his first career sack in the second quarter, taking down Carson Wentz for a nine-yard loss.
SACK FOR BROWN: In the fourth quarter, linebacker Jayon Brown recorded his first sack of 2018, taking down Carson Wentz for a 10-yard loss. The play gave Brown 2.5 career sacks.
MEMORABLE FIRST SACK FOR LANDRY: In the fourth quarter, outside linebacker Harold Landry III recorded a strip-sack, knocking the ball out of the hands of quarterback Carson Wentz. It was the second-round pick’s first career sack and first career forced fumble.
RECOVERY BY MORGAN: Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan recovered a fumble by Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter (caused by Harold Landry III). He was credited with his first fumble recovery of 2018 and the fifth fumble recovery of his career.
CONKLIN BACK: Third-year right tackle Jack Conklin was back in the lineup for the first time in 2018. Conklin started every game in his first two NFL seasons before suffering a knee injury in the divisional playoffs at New England on Jan. 18.
TOGETHER AGAIN: For the first time this season, the Titans’ regular offensive line was on the field together. Left tackle Taylor Lewan, left guard Quinton Spain, center Ben Jones, right guard Josh Kline and right tackle Jack Conklin have started as a unit for 26 of the team’s 33 regular season games since the start of 2016.
LEWIS PLAYS FOR FIRST TIME IN NEARLY TWO YEARS: Titans safety Kendrick Lewis made his Titans debut after being inactive for the first three games of the season. Lewis played on defense and special teams for the first time since he was placed on injured reserve in October 2016 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
JONES PLAYS 100*TH CONSECUTIVE GAME: Titans center Ben Jones appeared in his 100th career game. He has never missed a game in his seven-year NFL career. Jones has started all 36 games at center for the Titans since joining the team as an unrestricted free agent from the Houston Texans in 2016 and also played in 64 consecutive contests to begin his career with the Texans. Among all active NFL offensive linemen, only Kansas City right tackle Mitchell Schwartz* has a current games-played streak as long as Jones’ streak.
BRINKLEY PLAYS IN 100*TH CAREER GAME: Long snapper Beau Brinkley* appeared in his 100th NFL game, all as a member of the Titans. He has never missed a game since signing with the Titans as a rookie free agent in 2012.
KERN PASSES GRIFFIN AND MOON ON CAREER GAMES LIST: Punter Brett Kern passed former safety Michael Griffin and former quarterback Warren Moon for 17th place in franchise history with his 142nd career game with the club.
LOW PENALTY NUMBERS: For the second consecutive week, the Titans were penalized four times for 30 yards. They began the season with seven penalties in the season opener at Miami, 11 penalties in Week 2 against Houston and four penalties at Jacksonville in Week 3.
WINNING IN THE RED ZONE: The Titans and Eagles both had four possessions in the red zone. The Titans scored three touchdowns on those drives, while the Eagles scored only one touchdown once they were inside the 20. The Titans also scored touchdowns on all three goal-to-go possessions.
INACTIVES: The Titans’ inactive list included quarterback Blaine Gabbert, defensive back Kenneth Durden, running back David Fluellen, guard Aaron Stinnie, tackle Dennis Kelly, defensive end Matt Dickerson and nose tackle Darius Kilgo. Gabbert (concussion), Fluellen (groin) and Kelly (illness) were listed on the injury report prior to the contest.